WHY DID MATTHEW HOUSE OTTAWA: FURNITURE BANK WANT TO JOIN FBSS?
Becoming a member of the Furnishings Financial institution Help Service strikes MHO: Furnishings Financial institution towards its objective of enhancing its operations. At the moment, one volunteer accepts and schedules pickups for his or her in-kind donations. Moreover, it has one volunteer devoted to all features of accepting and scheduling referrals. Whereas these volunteers are nonetheless vital, by implementing Salesforce (and Furnishings Financial institution Toronto’s gross sales staff), these volunteers can concentrate on extra particular duties.
“Personpower and finance are true struggles,” mentioned David. MHO: Furnishings Financial institution hopes to do extra with much less by streamlining processes – saving prices whereas rising capability and income. By doing this, MHO: Furnishings Financial institution hopes to reinvest no matter it might to increase its capabilities – serving to extra purchasers, selecting up extra furnishings, and rising its presence in Ottawa.
“Donors and purchasers – that’s what drives the group. If we don’t have both, then [we] shut down,” mentioned David. And that assertion is the guts of the scenario. There are too many individuals in Canada affected by furnishings poverty. There’s an excessive amount of furnishings waste in our landfills. Rising capability permits MHO: Furnishings Financial institution to assist extra purchasers and settle for extra furnishings donations.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
Positioned in Kanata, MHO: Furnishings Financial institution’s long-term plans are to maneuver to a extra centralized location near Ottawa’s core. Shifting to this space places the group nearer to the place most of its purchasers reside. However, in comparison with finance and personpower, house and site are secondary considerations.
Matthew Home Ottawa: Furnishings Banks has steadily grown over its ten years. In 2020, greater than 530 properties have been furnished because of MHO: Furnishings Financial institution. Finally, they wish to proceed to develop. However they “want a complete lot extra to continue to grow.”
Becoming a member of the Furnishings Financial institution Help Service is simply step one.