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Addressing poverty leads to cool recycling partnership just in time for Earth Day

Winnipeg, Manitoba – For Immediate Release – April 19, 2018

A local charity and a junk removal company have formed a partnership to keep quality goods out of the landfill and give them away for free to people in need, just in time for Earth Day this weekend.

Flavie-Laurent Centre, a not-for-profit that collects donations of useable and clean household items and passes them on to dozens of families every day, has joined forces with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, helping divert their collections from the trash.

In this new partnership, the customer whose household goods are being picked up by the junk removal company now knows their items will be passed on to families in need. They will also get a tax receipt for the marketable value of their donation, from Flavie-Laurent Centre.

“A lot of the stuff 1-800-GOT-JUNK? picks up is in very good shape, and it’s very useable. If we can help divert the items from the landfill and get some things for our clients at the same time, then it’s good for families in need and the environment,” says Gilbert Vielfaure, Flavie-Laurent Centre’s CEO.

The partnership officially launched for Earth Day this year, and could lead to up to 150 truckloads of material coming to the St. Boniface charity every month.

“With everyone doing their spring cleaning, we expect an avalanche of donations will begin,” adds Vielfaure.

For 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, which is a full-service junk removal company for homes or businesses, the arrangement gives their customers the satisfaction of knowing their items are being recycled in a socially responsible way. The bonus is the tax-deductible receipt for their in-kind donation. It also helps the company save travel costs and tipping fees at the landfill.

“Everybody wins in this sort of arrangement. We win because we can avoid bringing this stuff to the landfill, we can let our customers know about the Flavie-Laurent Centre, and we can have a positive impact on a social problem. Not only are our clients doing something good for the community, getting that tax receipt also helps pay for their junk removal,” says Ashton Lubman, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s VP Operations based in Toronto and a Franchise Partner in Winnipeg.

“Our customers want to see their items donated – many of them have an attachment to the things they own. So for them to know these items are going to go into homes of those who can’t afford to purchase them, it’s a great feeling,” adds Lubman, who proposed the partnership to Flavie-Laurent Centre, modeled after a similar successful arrangement in Toronto, where 30 to 50 items are donated every day to a local charity. “It’s rare where all parties benefit from an arrangement, and this is one of those circumstances. It’s the right thing to do and it makes people feel good.”

Vielfaure adds, “If this is as successful as we think it will be, we’ll have to get creative on how to process the influx. A lot of people give here because they believe in the cause, but we also need monetary donations to keep everything running smoothly, so even cash donations are valuable,” he adds.

Addressing poverty leads to cool recycling partnership just in time for Earth Day
By the numbers

Flavie-Laurent Centre:
• 7,000 – number of unique families helped in 2017 with used furniture and household goods, free of charge
• 60-100 – families helped every day
• 75 – volunteers who spend their time receiving, sorting, displaying and helping families choose items
• 2 – average number of visits a family makes each year to request items
• 30 – number of days families requesting items must wait between visits

1-800-GOT-JUNK?:
• 150 – number of truckloads of furniture and items that could eventually be diverted from the landfill each week, by being taken instead to Flavie-Laurent Centre
• 1 metric ton / 15 cubic yards – truckload capacity (about the size of 10 fridges standing upright)
• $100 – all-inclusive starting price of junk removal services for customers

About Flavie-Laurent Centre Inc.
Flavie-Laurent Centre, and its supporters, provides assistance and comfort to the impoverished and the vulnerable by distributing at no cost clothing, furniture and household items. They collect donated furniture, appliances, household goods and clothing directly from the public and give it for free to those in need. It sorts, stores and distributes goods and clothes from donors to help the poorest in Winnipeg. Flavie-Laurent Centre is a Community of Service under the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba.
www.cflc.info

About the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba
Inspired by a legacy of compassion and hope, and a commitment to social justice, the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba (CHCM) is a not-for-profit organization responsible for a 19 organizations and foundations once led by four Congregations of Sisters. These agencies, known as Communities of Service, include 7,900 staff and over 1,000 volunteers – people of all faiths and backgrounds who are committed to serving Manitobans in the areas of health care and human services. Flavie-Laurent Centre Inc. is one of those Communities of Service.
www.chcm-ccsm.ca

About 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
1-800-GOT-JUNK? is a full-service junk removal company, offering junk removal services for home or business. They’re the junk removal company that handles the tough stuff – and they ensure that your junk is recycled, donated, or otherwise disposed of responsibly. They will remove junk from wherever it’s located, and won’t leave a dent or speck of dirt behind.
www.1800gotjunk.com

Volunteer Highlight

i Feb 5th No Comments by

Denise, a most dedicated volunteer, arrives at the Centre almost every day, very early, to do the first sorting of the many articles that are given. Many, many thanks, Denise, for your countless hours of devoted work!

CTV report about CFLC

i Oct 9th No Comments by

View a recent report about what we do…

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=965072

“St. Boniface Centre Helps Poor Stretch Dollar”

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Watch this CBC news report. click here

Seeking help every week

i Feb 9th No Comments by

Busy, busy, busy… we currently help 350-500 famillies every week.

 

See a graphique of the last statistiques. doc1

Annual Reports

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