Our CSR committee continues to put community engagement at the center of its mandate. On Saturday November 15th, a group of volunteers from OPTIMUS | SBR spent time working with the amazing team at the Furniture Bank, a registered charity and social enterprise that has been helping people in the Greater Toronto Area establish their homes since 1998. The Furniture Bank provides a critical service to members of our community who find themselves in difficult circumstances, including people transitioning out of poverty and homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and recent newcomers to the country. With the help the dedicated staff and network of volunteers at the Furniture Bank, as well as dozens of shelters and partner agencies in the social sector, disadvantaged persons are given access to affordable furniture and household items that raise their standard of living at a time when it is most needed.
OPTIMUS | SBR and Furniture Bank enjoy a long standing relationship, so for some of our team it was not the first time volunteering with this organization. Working under the direction of Furniture Bank’s passionate Community Manager and Fundraising Coordinator Noah Kravitz, our team assisted clients as they selected items from the warehouse showroom, and also helped to box and package selected items for delivery. It was a tremendously rewarding experience for our volunteers, but also a stark reminder of the poor living conditions some of our fellow community members endure.
We encourage all of our friends and business partners to consider how they can help make a difference in their own communities, including through worthy organizations like Furniture Bank. They rely heavily on volunteers to carry out their mission, so we were grateful for the opportunity to make a contribution and look forward to working with them again in the near future. If you are interested in making a donation to this outstanding organization (your furniture, your time, or a financial contribution), please visit their website or call them at (416) 934-1229.