Volunteer Profile • Rashmika Wichlinski

A recent immigrant from South Africa, Rashmika Wichlinski heard about Furniture Bank at a job fair. After learning that our Finance Team needed support, she saw an opportunity share her background in finance and gain additional work experience, while giving back to the community.

“What drew me to Furniture Bank is that it helps to furnish homes for the formerly homeless and other vulnerable groups. The fact that Furniture Bank helps such marginalized people made me feel good about joining the organization. I feel this is a good way to give back to the community and it gives me a sense of pride that I am involved with the organization. Furniture Bank is also helping me in tremendous ways by allowing me to gain valuable work experience to further my finance career here in Canada, thus removing barriers to my own employment. My team in the finance department is very supportive and kind, and always willing to help me when needed. Furniture Bank has given me a chance to learn and grow in a safe environment.”

Skills-based volunteering is one of the most impactful ways you can help a charity. If you have finance or administrative skills you’d like to share with us, please drop us a line at getinvolved@furniturebank.org.