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Furniture Bank


Organization

Founded in 1998, Furniture Bank is a registered charity and social enterprise which redistributes gently-used furniture and housewares from donors in the community to families and individuals experiencing furniture poverty. Our clients include women and children leaving shelters, the formerly homeless, and newcomers and refugees to Canada.

Revenues generated through our furniture removal service, which is run as a social enterprise, funds our charitable activities as we work to end furniture poverty – one sofa and one family at a time. Our Vision is a world in which everyone has access to a furnished home.

http://www.furniturebank.org


Project Information 

How do you tell a story of a "social" circular economy - where unwanted furniture is kept from landfill and matched to thousands of families in need! With the world having shorter and shorter attention spans, how to show the life of a furniture bank as donors save local landfills while supporting creating homes from housing for thousands.


Call-to-Action  

By ensuring all good furniture makes it to their local furniture bank and support donations to help operate the charities that do this work.


Audience 

Government Solid Waste Professionals --> discussing waste and diversion. 
Households --> looking at what happens to their furniture 
Business --> looking at how many items of furniture are needed to support this social issue.


Use of Data Visualization

Website & social media primarily. We would include the best in our Annual Reports.


Data

57 Slide Powerpoint Deck explaining data, tables, structure, and size. 
Data set from late 2018 - all donor transactions and client deliveries 
VIZ FOR SOCIAL GOOD - FURNITURE BANK 2019.pptx
CLIENT IMPACT DATA.xlsx
EMISSION DATASET.xlsx
MAPPING DATA.xlsx
ONTARIO COORDINATE FILE.xlsx
PRODUCT LIST.xlsx

How to Participate

  • Sign up as a volunteer, if you haven’t.

  • Use the hashtag #VizforSocialGood on Twitter (or Linkedin) to submit your visualization(s) and a link (if applicable). 

  • Mention @VizFSG and @furniture_bank.


Deadline

11/03/2019 (11:59 pm PST).


Earlier Event: August 1
Justice and Peace