CARP – The Huntley Community Association (HCA) wants to be the bridge between Carp residents looking to get rid of old furniture and families in need of any furniture at all.

“The HCA is looking to provide an opportunity for residents to recycle furniture they no longer need, and at the same time to support Matthew House (Ottawa) – a volunteer-driven, charitable organization, focused on providing shelter, food and refugee settlement assistance and distributing quality used furniture and household goods to Ottawa’s marginalized population,” HCA director Amy Baldry released in a statement today (March 2).

HCA volunteers would periodically arrange to pick up gently used large furniture items (for example sofas, chairs, tables, bed frames, clean mattresses, dressers and cabinets) from residents located in the Village or Carp and deliver them to Matthew House’s furniture bank in Kanata.

Residents would pay a small fee for the pick-up and delivery service. If requested, donors would be entitled to receive a charitable tax credit receipt for up to 29 per cent of the fair market value of their used furniture.

“We are canvassing the community’s level of interest before we decide whether to go forward with this initiative,” Baldry said. “We are tentatively thinking this may happen three or four times this year, depending on interest.”

For residents who are interested, please contact the HCA by email (info@hca-carp.ca).

“This initiative will only go ahead if we see sufficient interest,” Baldry said.

For more information on Matthew House, see their website – https://www.matthewhouseottawa.org/