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Helping with Furniture

Dawn Wood-Memic
Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
Helping with Furniture
Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Animals; Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless; Athletes

We are all about New Beginnings.

Helping with Furniture (HWF) is a volunteer-run charitable organization providing gently used furniture and household items for those in the Ottawa area who are restarting their lives because of situations of hardship. Our goal is to help residents start a new life by providing both basic necessities and the comforts of a real home - at a time when those comforts are needed most.

Twice a week, a group of volunteers picks up gently used furniture and household items from private donors and delivers to those in need who lack the basics necessary to establish a home. We get referrals from more than 50 social agencies and organizations throughout Ottawa and work with them to assist their clients. Without this help, individuals and families go without a place to sit or eat, without dishes or a bed, some for many months at a time.

HWF is a registered charity, not affiliated with any religious or political group and the only organization in Ottawa that helps those in need to furnish their homes free of charge. For these reasons, we are the choice of referral agencies and, sadly, we always have a waiting list.


Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in undertaking very rewarding work, you might be interested in volunteering within Helping With Furniture (HWF). We are currently seeking candidates for the position of Client-Visitor Liaison.

Individuals or families in need of furniture (clients) are referred to HWF by a wide range of social agencies in the Ottawa area. Their information is entered into a spreadsheet, from which several clients are selected each week. Before receiving furniture, these clients are visited at home by a team of two HWF volunteers (« visitors ») who make a complete list of their needs. The role of the Client-Visitor Liaison is to communicate with the clients in order to assess their needs and to select the clients who will be visited the following week as well as communicate their selections to the visitors.

This position will not only open the door to discovering extraordinary people whose realities are not always visible to most of us, but will also allow you to play a role in making a difference in their lives.

Please request the job description for more information on this position.

Êtes-vous à la recherche d’un poste très valorisant? Si oui, vous seriez un bon candidat pour notre organisme Aidons avec des meubles – HWF. Présentement, nous sommes à la recherche d’un(e) bénévole pour le poste de Liaison client-visiteur.

Les personnes ou familles qui ont besoin de meubles (clients) d’Aidons avec des meubles,
nous parviennent d'une grande variété de services sociaux de la région d'Ottawa. Ces données sont entrées dans un tableur à partir duquel plusieurs clients sont sélectionnés chaque semaine. Avant de recevoir des meubles, ces clients reçoivent la visite d'une équipe de deux bénévoles de HWF (les « visiteurs ») qui établissent une liste de leurs besoins. Le rôle du « bénévole de liaison client-visiteur » consiste à communiquer avec les clients afin de déterminer leurs besoins et de choisir les clients qui seront visités la semaine suivante, ainsi que de communiquer les noms des clients aux visiteurs.

Il s'agit d'un poste qui non seulement vous permettra de faire la découverte de gens extraordinaires dont la réalité n'est pas toujours visible pour la plupart d'entre nous, mais aussi de contribuer à faire une grande différence dans leur vie.

Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez demander la description de tâches
Location: 5350 Canotek Rd Unit 9, Gloucester
Deadline: Mar 31, 2018