Furniture Bank operates Furniture Link, a unique social enterprise that is embedded within the organization’s operations. Furniture Bank provides free furniture to new immigrants to Canada, women and children leaving abusive situations and the formerly homeless. Furniture Link’s business is the paid pick-up and delivery of donated furniture. It now does $1 million in sales annually and is able to fund about 70 per cent of Furniture Bank’s operating costs. More notably, Furniture Link employs approximately 40 people who are marginalized, including about 12 youth.
Furniture Bank is a registered charity and social enterprise that offers a furniture removal / pickup service.
We offer a fee-based furniture removal / pickup service to collect gently-used furniture donations from individuals and corporations across the Greater Toronto Area. Donors receive a tax receipt for the fair market value of items they are donating. Here’s a list of the furniture and housewares donations we accept.
We then work with social service agencies and shelter organizations to transfer this furniture to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees and newcomers to Canada. All furniture and household items selected by our clients are provided to them free of charge. In the process, we help turn an empty space into a true home.
Since 1998, we have helped over 60,000 individuals overcome poverty and homelessness
How Furniture Bank impacts employees:
We also work with employment agencies to offer job opportunities to individuals facing barriers to employment. By working at Furniture Bank, these people attain valuable work experience, build their confidence, receive mentorship and the working skills they need to help secure gainful employment.
How SET membership fits with our goals:
SET membership helps us to contribute towards Toronto’s overall social enterprise landscape and to network and learn from other social enterprise practitioners in the field.
Opportunities that really excite us:
– Professional development opportunities
– Sharing our learnings with other social enterprises
Partnerships that we would like to create:
– Collaborative marketing partnerships with other social enterprises in Toronto
– Connections with private companies interested in supporting and getting involved with social enterprise