Furniture Bank, our newest member, 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. We welcome Furniture Bank as SET’s newest member.
Can you tell us about your enterprise?
Furniture Bank is a registered charity and social enterprise that offers a furniture removal / pickup service.
We transfer gently used furniture and household goods donated by individual and corporate donors, to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees & newcomers to Canada. 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. We also work with employment agencies to offer job opportunities to individuals facing barriers to employment in different parts of our operations.
What kind of services do you provide?
We offer a fee-based furniture removal / pickup service to collect furniture donations from individuals and corporations across the GTA. 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 work with social service agencies and shelter organizations to transfer furniture donations to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees & newcomers to Canada. All furniture and household items selected by our clients are provided to them free of charge.
How has working at your enterprise impacted your employees?
Through working at Furniture Bank, individuals facing barriers to employment attain valuable work experience, build their confidence, receive mentorship and the working skills to help them secure gainful employment.
How does joining SET fit with your goals?
Joining SET fits in with our goals of helping to contribute towards Toronto’s overall social enterprise landscape and to network and learn from other social enterprise practitioners in the field.
What are some opportunities you are really excited about?
– Professional development opportunities
– Sharing our learnings with other social enterprises
What sorts of partnerships are you interested in forming?
– Collaborative marketing partnerships with other social enterprises in Toronto
– Connections with private companies interested in supporting and getting involved with social enterprises