BFS in less than 100 words
We collect unwanted goods and redistribute them to people who want them. It’s pretty simple. We are trying to change the way people view their relationship to their goods, their community and their earth. We DO NOT currently have a “store”, but take donations and give them away during one-day temporary Free Market events. Though we target low-income neighborhoods to distribute goods, there are no requirements for shoppers; the Free Store is open to anyone who wishes to come. Our motto: give what you can, take what you need.
We promote recycling and reuse to help alleviate the traumas of poverty and to involve communities in working together to meet their needs.
We envision communities forged through relationships based on mutual aid and cooperation. We use the distribution of free items as a catalyst for change and as a way to demonstrate what can be done when communities work together. We envision a society where relations are not based upon individual greed, consumption, and private ownership – but a society where individuals are empowered towards the creation of sustainable and cooperative communities. To this end we encourage recycling and reuse as a means to counteract excessive waste and consumption within our society. Our vision for the future means empowered, stronger communities and the creation of a healthier Baltimore City.