The MFIS furniture program is a volunteer-run garage that operates when our volunteers are available.

We collect, store, and distribute gently used furniture to visiting international students and scholars when they arrive in Madison. Many arrive to unfurnished apartments. Our program provides them with essentials such as a bed, desk, chair, and other items they might need at a nominal cost. Furniture is first come, first served. It cannot be reserved. Students tell us this service is invaluable to them and are grateful for our support.

Questions? Email us at


Where? Our location is a storage garage behind the Dale Heights Presbyterian Church at 5501 University Avenue in Madison.

  • When? Currently, all furniture must be picked up by appointment. We are not a full-service store, but we would like to offer a few scheduled hours in the future when we have more volunteers.
  • Delivery? The student renter is responsible for transporting the furniture. We currently do not offer deliveries.
  • Due to the limited number of volunteers at this time, unfortunately we are not able to process all requests. We try to respond to all incoming inquiries within five business days.
  • What if I cannot find what I need? If MFIS does not have what you are looking for or volunteers aren’t available when you need furniture, try these thrift stores in the Madison area:


  • Bed mattresses:
    • Single: $10
    • Double: $10
    • Twins: $10
    • Queens: $15
    • Kings: $20
  • Bed frames: $5
  • Futons: $20
  • Desks: $10
  • Couches: $20
  • Chairs: $5
  • Tables: $15
  • Cupboards: $10
  • Shelves: $10
  • Chests of drawers: $20
  • Lamps: $5
    Microwaves: $10
  • Vacuum cleaners: $10
Small items we happen to have like kitchen tools, dishes, hangers, and bedding items are free in small quantities to anybody who is paying a handling charge for other items and has filled out the furniture loan agreement.
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