Built and ReLove: why charity begins at home when helping people in need
Built is proud to be the foundation sponsor of ReLove, a registered charity supporting women and children impacted by domestic violence, people experiencing homelessness, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and people seeking asylum.
ReLove donates quality pre-loved furniture and household items to families in crisis and people in need. This free service provides essential household goods to those who may not otherwise be able to afford them. It has the added benefit of also rescuing used furniture and items otherwise destined for landfill.
Built initially started with fundraising for ReLove and donating and transporting furniture from some of its refurbishment projects to the charity and now donates time through its staff volunteers and funds to make the service a success.
ReLove operates its service from a Sydney warehouse stocked with everything from beds to sofas, tables fridges and linen. People in crisis or need that have been provided with basic accommodation from a range of charities can then come to the warehouse choose what they might need to make their accommodation a home, and then Built’s staff volunteers help deliver it to their door.
While ReLove’s service provides much-needed dignity to many people in our communities, it’s also an opportunity for Built staff to give back and enjoy a unique and rewarding experience.
A Built staff member shared feedback about volunteering with ReLove saying, “Best thing is being able to give… a helping hand, a kind word, time to assist in a small way… in turn to see by giving how much can be achieved to change someone’s or a family’s situation positively”.
“The regular volunteering opportunities from Built staff and project partners not only assist ReLove in scaling the support but also increase awareness of issues such as domestic and family violence and homelessness in our communities,” said Ben Stammer, Co-Founder, ReLove.