The Niagara Furniture Bank collects gently used home furnishing and redistributes them to families and individuals in need in the Niagara Region. We work with 32 referring agencies who work directly with those in need.
Why we do what we do:
Shelter is the first step. But often every resource is drained just paying first and last month’s rent and utility deposits. It is very difficult to get up in the morning and look for work or go to school if you have been sleeping on the floor. Poverty is very isolating, but with a couch, coffee table and lamp in the living room, children will invite their friends over to play. With a kitchen table and chairs a friend can be invited for a meal. A parent can cook a meal at home instead of going for fast food if there are pots and pans, dishes and utensils.
We turn shelters into homes because no one deserves to sleep on the floor.
In 2014 Niagara Furniture Bank:
- Delivered to 595 families and individuals in Niagara Region
- Collected donations from 375 private homes
- Worked with our hotel partners to collect equivalent of over 200 hotel rooms worth of furnishings
Diverted approximately 140 metric tonnes from landfill
Average wait times for families looking to have a delivery is one week.
With more beds and dressers, wait times would decrease and numbers served would increase.
Items We Do Not Collect
Please remember that we are looking for items in good repair as they will go right back into the community. We may be unable to take certain items if they are damaged or stained as we don’t have the capacity to clean or repair in our warehouse. Our drivers are trained to decide what items we are able to take.
When gathering items from your home to be collected by Niagara Furniture Bank, think back to what you needed for your first apartment: you wanted a toaster, not a waffle-maker… you needed a bookshelf, not an 8 foot entertainment unit.