IKEA CANADA and Furniture Bank

Partnering to End Furniture Poverty in Canada

IKEA Canada and Furniture Bank have partnered to alleviate furniture poverty in the Greater Toronto Area by providing essential home furnishings to individuals and families in need. Through furniture donations, customer engagement, and support for Furniture Bank’s programs, this collaboration aims to create comfortable, functional, and dignified homes for those experiencing furniture poverty. Since 2019, the partnership has helped over 11,440 families, prevented significant greenhouse gas emissions, and enabled thousands of individuals to rebuild their lives with the stability and comfort of a well-furnished home.

You're Invited:

Join the IKEA Furniture Poverty Campaign

At Furniture Bank, we believe that everyone deserves a comfortable, furnished home. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with IKEA Canada for the Furniture Poverty Campaign, running from June 17 to July 15, 2024. Together, we can transform lives by providing essential home furnishings to families in need.

Support from donors like you, has been crucial to our mission, and we invite you to be part of this life-changing initiative. Here’s how you can make a difference:

  1. Experience the Reality: Visit participating IKEA stores in the GTA to see our furniture poverty displays and learn about the impact of your donations.

  2. Shop for Good: Purchase most-needed items at IKEA checkouts, which will be delivered directly to Furniture Bank clients.

  3. Donate Furniture: Give your gently used furniture a second chance by requesting a pickup or dropping off at our locations. You’ll receive a tax receipt for your generosity. Your gift of home furnishings – is NOT sold – it is passed on to families in the community within 72hours 

Your contributions will help turn empty housing into warm, welcoming furnished homes. Take Sarah, a single mother who recently escaped an abusive relationship. With your support, Sarah and her two children received a couch, dining set, and beds, allowing them to rebuild their lives with comfort and dignity.

I never thought I could provide a real home for my kids,” Sarah said. “But thanks to Furniture Bank and donors like you, we now have a place to gather, eat, and sleep safely. It’s more than just furniture; it’s a fresh start.

Stories like Sarah’s are made possible by caring individuals like you. By donating to the IKEA Furniture Poverty Campaign, you’re not just providing furniture – you’re offering hope and stability to families in need.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to change lives. Your partnership means the world to us and the families we serve.

Visualizing the Reality of Furniture Poverty

The Picture Isn't Real, The Reality Is

At Furniture Bank, we believe in the power of visual storytelling to raise awareness about the hidden crisis of furniture poverty. In our groundbreaking 2022 “The Picture Itself Isn’t Real, But The Reality Is!” campaign, we harnessed the potential of Generative AI to create powerful images that depict the stark realities faced by families living without essential home furnishings from the power of the words provided by the families we’ve supported.

Through our innovative beneficial and responsible use of AI technology, we’ve been able to illustrate the profound impact of furniture poverty without compromising the dignity of our clients. By transforming their powerful stories into haunting visuals of empty rooms, bare floors, and makeshift sleeping arrangements, we aim to inspire empathy, understanding, and most importantly action in our communities.

Now, as part of the IKEA Furniture Poverty Campaign, we’re bringing this groundbreaking approach to a wider audience. By showcasing these AI-generated images in IKEA stores across the GTA, we’re inviting customers to confront the hidden reality of furniture poverty in their communities and to be part of the solution.

Through the power of visual storytelling, we aim to inspire a movement of compassion and generosity, empowering individuals to help us eradicate furniture poverty in Canada.

By connecting the IKEA Furniture Poverty Campaign with our powerful “The Picture Itself Isn’t Real, But The Reality Is!” initiative, we’re inviting you to see the hidden truth behind closed doors. We’ve used cutting-edge AI technology to create images that tell the stories of families living without the basic comforts of home – stories that are all too real for so many in our community.

When you visit participating IKEA stores, you’ll come face-to-face with these haunting visuals. They’ll stop you in your tracks, make you think, and hopefully, inspire you to act. Because while the pictures themselves may be generated by AI, the poverty they represent is very, very real.

So when you see these images, don’t just walk by. Take a moment to really look. To read the stories behind them. And to ask yourself how you can be part of the solution. Whether it’s by donating your gently used furniture, buying items to donate at checkout, or spreading the word about our mission, every action makes a difference.

Together, we can turn these pictures of empty rooms into real homes filled with comfort, dignity, and hope. That’s the power of our community, and that’s what the IKEA Furniture Poverty Campaign is all about.

From the stories of our client families...

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About Furniture Bank

We change lives by providing furniture and housewares to people experiencing poverty or displacement.

Our clients include women and children leaving shelters, the formerly homeless, and newcomers and refugees to Canada.

Revenues generated through our furniture removal service, which is run as a social enterprise, funds our charitable activities as we work to end furniture poverty – one sofa and one family at a time.

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Watch to see how your donations get back into the community.

When you give your gently-used furniture to Furniture Bank, you are the start of a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Revenues generated from our furniture removal service are reinvested in the charity, allowing us to help even more families escape furniture poverty.

Watch this video to see what it means to a family to receive ‘new’ furnishings for their home and a fresh start in life.