Published by Veronica Zaretski

TORONTO, Apr. 10, 2013- Furniture Bank announced today a $50,000 donation from RBC Foundation to fund Furniture Bank’s newly refined Leg Up Employment Program for at-risk youth and newcomers to Canada. The Leg Up Employment Program offers skill-building opportunities, on the job training and professional development in the areas of warehousing and customer service, with a future focus on furniture refurbishing.

“We are proud to make this commitment of $50,000 to the Furniture Bank,” said Justin Field, Branch Manager, Queensway & Kipling Branch, RBC Royal Bank. “We are confident that the Leg Up Employment program will help youth and new Canadians to develop job-readiness, job-hunting and financial literacy skills.”

Furniture Bank hosted its Open House on Wednesday, March 13, at its new and first permanent home at 25 Connell Court, Unit 1. Over 200 supporters, donors, and agency partners who were in attendance enjoyed guided tours of the space, food and drinks, a historical presentation of the organization’s evolution, and an unveiling of the
organization’s new branding and designs.

Furniture Bank has helped over 50,000 people create homes since 1998 by collecting and distributing donated furniture and household items to women and children escaping violence, newcomers to Canada, and those transitioning from homelessness. In 2012, we helped 2,739 families or over 5,400 people including over 1,800 children. The
organization also operates within the environmental scope, having diverted 1,526 metric tonnes in 2012 alone.

Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries. RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 – 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada’s Greenest
Employers, one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.