Leg Up Program

Leg Up Employment Program

Furniture Bank’s Leg Up social hire program works with employment agencies and partners to provide work experience, life & skills training, and meaningful job opportunities to youth, newcomers to Canada and other individuals facing barriers to employment.

Every year, participants are employed across Furniture Bank’s operations, including our furniture warehouse, on our pickup & delivery trucks, in our call centre, or as administrative support, or transition successfully to other jobs in various industries.

Email legup@furniturebank.org for more information

Hear from one of our employees on their Leg-Up experience

Before Furniture Bank I had held many jobs, from management positions to general labour, security to dishwashing. Because I could not afford to pursue formal post-secondary education after high school, my career options were limited despite having plenty of work experience.

I first came to Furniture Bank as an unemployed volunteer at a crossroads in my life. From there, I worked my way up through the organization from warehouse associate to driver (crew leader), to my current role as fleet manager. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that Furniture Bank has given me by investing in my work ethic rather than my history, and providing me with the tools to develop career skills.

It has been very rewarding being able to experience and contribute to the front line of client interaction, delivering to people in need and picking up donations from people who want to help. Being able to do that while being a part of an organization that is learning and growing has been nothing short of inspiring! – Tom Bendo, Leg-Up Participant

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