How We Do It.  Why We Do It. 


Fueling other non-profits that help people thrive.  Providing a resource for social service agencies to get donated household goods to their clients in need.  Giving hope to people in need.  All from the unneeded belongings and possessions you generously donate. 

What does "the sharing economy" mean to Harvest?  Why do we pursue ideas that create social change, and push for reinvention of better ways to donate possessions people don't need any more?  With so many Americans getting rid of their unneeded personal belongings at increasing rates, we can use those things to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 every day.  77 million Boomers are fueling the largest age wave change in American history.  Realizing that so many people want and need help in downsizing, and knowing how many people can reuse the possessions in a variety of ways, we founded Harvest to make a difference.  

The Hubert Humphrey quote in the photo above captures a sense of the return to traditional values we see happening in the lives of people we encounter at Harvest.  As a society, we have a moral obligation to pay attention to "how we treat "those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly: and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, the handicapped".  

Our Founders Philosophy:  “I believe that the opportunity we have to give back in service to the world we live in, is the rent we should pay to live here. We founded Harvest with the responsibility to develop in our team and volunteers an atmosphere and energy of service and giving, in making a contribution in the community we live in.  I’m just trying to do my small part, because we are passionate about helping others.“

Harvest is a Minnesota based non-profit founded by David Stennes in February 2013.   A compassionate and enthusiastic leader and mentor, David is a recognized expert on long term care planning for seniors.  He has been a consultant to the insurance industry for 25 years, and has helped countless seniors, their families, and their financial advisors plan for later-life transition.

The idea of helping people navigate the issues of downsizing or clearing out a home, and reducing the stress that comes from clutter, came as a clear vision when he was doing it himself after his first child left for college.  The  baby boom demographic that has seniors leaving their larger homes for senior and assisted living care, created 2 very logical questions – “what are they going to do with all this stuff?”  And “what if there was a way to use their belongings to help people who live nearby, and generate income for community charities?”

Our work at Harvest has us sought after to educate public, press and client on the issues facing the huge demographic shift taking place in the largest age wave change in history.  We have in-depth knowledge and experience to provide counsel for next generation ideas and solutions.  

Thanks for stopping by.  The 5 year journey has been life-changing for us too. We're excited for what's next, as we transition, redesign, and refocus our work in a corporate setting, designed to create financial impact in the critical work to fight hunger.

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