The MFIS Furniture program is a volunteer-run garage. We collect, store, and distribute gently used furniture to visiting international students when they arrive in Madison. Our program provides them with essentials such as a bed, desk, chair and other items at a nominal cost. Students tell us they are so grateful for this invaluable service.

We will be open most Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, by appointment only, for students to pick up any needed items. Appointments can be scheduled by emailing us at We will have volunteers available on Saturdays, at the garage, for those who’ve scheduled an appointment.  PLEASE make an appointment with MFIS before coming to the garage on Saturdays for furniture.

For all questions, donations of furniture, and appointments: Email us at


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

When? Volunteers will be at the garage on most Saturdays. Students must make an appointment prior to visiting by emailing us at in order to visit. We try to respond to all inquiries within 5 days. Due to our limited number of volunteers, we may not be able to process all requests, but we will try our best.

Delivery? We are currently unable to deliver furniture. Students are responsible for transporting their own furniture.

Payment? We currently accept only cash or check for furniture payment.

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:

> St. Vincent De Paul:

> Goodwill:

> Craigslist:

> Other Madison thrift stores:


  • Bed mattresses:
    • Single/Twin: $20
    • Double/Queen/King/Futon: $30
  • Bed frames: $10
  • Desks/Tables: $30
  • Chairs: $10
  • Shelves/Bookcases: $20
  • Chests of drawers: $40
  • Lamps: $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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