Good Life Furniture Bank is the 1st Furniture Bank in Malaysia that collects gently used furniture and household items to provide to those in need. We deliver and set-up
an entire household of furnishings/complete sets of essential furniture to families undergoing extreme poverty and other devastating circumstances.
We recognize that a home requires more than just four walls. A home requires essential furnishings such as beds to sleep on, a table & chairs to eat at, a sofa to gather, and other basic household items to transform empty spaces into liveable homes.
Golden Hover Furniture has been in the home furnishing industry for the last 46 years. We have been receiving requests from our client to help disposing their old furniture when we deliver their newly bought furniture. Disposing the used furniture properly is an unresolved pain points in the industry till date.
Golden Hover Furniture then decided to take over their old furniture, making it useful and find it’s love once again. Since then, we roll out our company CSR program “Good Life Furniture Bank Project”.
This project has served the 4 main pillars of UN SDG: 1, 11, 12 and 17.
We believe a strong nation starts from Home; Home is where life begins. The 4 main components of happy home where furniture could play important roles includes:-
- Bedding give us good sleep. Agood rest give us energy and enable us to focus on activities for the rest of the day.
- Dining table and sofas for living room, enable quality time having meals and leisure time together. Communication among family member is crucial to keep the member closely knitted
- Study table, with a proper study place help the children to focus on their education. Education could change the future of the children and family.
- Cabinets and wardrobes help to get the home more organized. Organized home can be an effective stress management tool.
Project Result(s) / Impact(s)
From our believe that a proper bed, ensure good rest, dedicated dining table keeping the family close, study table could make children focus and excel academically and clutter-less-home reduces stress and promote a peaceful environment.
Good Life Furniture Bank has benefited 1062 individuals, 150 families, 20 orphanage and old folk homes and still counting.
Since December 2016 we have collected furniture with estimated value or
RM330,000.00(pre-refurbished), and valued up to RM450,000.00 (refurbished)
Our project also helps to solve dumping problems in Malaysia. By Collecting, Refurbish and Reuse the old furniture, this did not only help the needy but also helped the local authority to identify and clean up those dumping of unwanted furniture. Number of furniture collected and reused are equal to the cost and labour saving from the authority. To date we are estimating that a total of 11 tonnes of furniture has been reused.
This project successfully inspired NGOs to help more poor families to get recycle furniture. They applied the model from this project to help the other poor families to enjoy better quality of life.
The project promotes UNSDG and have raised awareness among the public on the struggles faced by the community.
The project also highlights the capabilities of youth NGOs in solving tough poor family’s problems. Most of the families we helped are under category B40 earning less than RM2000 per month.
The tagline for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) is “Leaving No One Behind.” Please explain how the nominated project helps to realize and advance the commitment of UNSDGs for the future. Highlight any other SDG(s) that your project has directly or indirectly created positive impact to people and society
We are playing apart of recycling to reduce recourses misused. Good Life Furniture Bank is creating social and environmental benefits for multiple stakeholders, including waste collectors, Government, Youth and local communities and recyclers, thereby demonstrating that each one of us can collaborate with one another, their companies, their consumers, the economy and the world benefit from it.
“Leaving no one behind” is almost a motto of the Good Life Furniture Bank Project as we make it clear within your workplace and outward facing that we are non- discriminatory. We give the furniture to anyone who need sustenance. Our priority is the most needy.
We aim to help in poor communities. This is in line with the SD No. 1. “No Poverty”
SDG. To be given a free furniture is an unbelievable experience.
SD No. 11. “Sustainable Cities and Communities” – Many cities are facing problems of siege garbage currently. We help to reduce the amount of garbage, turn as resources. Two aspects of effectiveness have been provided by the community– economy and ecology.
Lastly our project also promotes SD No. 17. “Partnership For The Goals”. Good Life Furniture Bank Project is carried out through partnerships with NGOs and companies. We create a platform for volunteers to contribute back to our community. Working with all these associations for the furniture bank is not only for charity purpose, but also, to take this opportunity to deliver the concept of “Create Positive Change” to our volunteers especially the youth. We hope to plant this seed to as many as we could，to spread the positive energy and make our community a better place. There will be a huge force if we do it year by year and continuously passing all these positive value to them.
We make a house a home
When people living in poverty do find housing, they often have no beds to sleep on, places to sit, desks to study at, or pots and pans to cook with.
Our research shows that each person moving into an empty house requires a minimum of RM7000 in available funds to turn empty housing into a furnished established home.
Furniture Bank provide a new start with furnished home, and an environment filled with stability, dignity and belonging. According to our research, the top social impact for the Furniture Bank Beneficiary families that we have created are Restoring HOPE in the future, Improving self-esteem, creating family stability and improving self-confidence.