GTA charity needs more ‘big hearted’ drivers and movers to pick up and deliver furniture to families.
Expecting a surge in demand from hundreds of refugees moving into permanent housing.
TORONTO, February 29, 2016 – As hundreds of Syrian refugees in the GTA are moved into permanent housing, Furniture Bank is gearing up for a surge in demand for its services as these families now look to furnish their homes.
But just as CBC News reported on other furniture banks struggling to cope, the Toronto based charity is straining to ensure all those who need their services get the furniture they need. Most urgently, Furniture Bank says it does not have enough drivers and movers to pick up and deliver furniture.
“This is causing a huge bottleneck in our ability to serve all our clients,” says Dan Kershaw, Furniture Bank’s Executive Director.
“Our furniture pickup and delivery service is the backbone of our charity – without drivers and movers, we aren’t able to get furniture from the community to those in need.”
The charity says there are over 100 social service agencies currently on its waitlist – amounting to a backlog of 1000 clients waiting for an appointment. Keeping pace with this demand necessitates a commensurate increase in furniture pickups.
“The number of people we can help is quite simply a function of how much furniture we collect from the community everyday,” added Kershaw.
About FURNITURE BANK
Furniture Bank is a registered charity and social enterprise that has been helping people in the Greater Toronto Area establish their homes since 1998. We transfer gently used furniture and household goods donated by the community to people who are in need of a fresh start. The organization’s fleet of trucks are on the road throughout the year, picking up furniture and delivering items to formerly displaced individuals directly to their homes. Our goal is to expand these activities to support furniture banks across Canada.
Thousands of Canadians live without furniture. You can help change that. Call the Furniture Bank to schedule a pick-up of your old furniture, and we’ll pass it on to a family in need. Book a furniture pick-up today.
Executive Director, Furniture Bank