Canada's Unsung Heroes: The Deliverer

Each year in Canada, millions of workers and volunteers make sacrifices in order to live, breathe and work for change, without expecting anything in return. At CharityVillage, we call these people Unsung Heroes and we feel, it’s about time to sing their praises!

We're proud to introduce you to The Deliverer

Meet Nathalie Maione - "The Deliverer"

Ottawa’s Nathalie Maione is a mother of six and a full time Early Childhood Educator. As if that didn’t keep her busy enough, in 2005, Nathalie and a friend founded Helping With Furniture after realizing that many Ottawa residents had good quality furniture they didn’t need, while others were struggling to furnish their homes.  Every week, for nearly a decade, Nathalie and her team of volunteers have tirelessly delivered gently used furniture and household goods to families and individuals in need. In particular, HWF focuses on newcomers to Canada who are living in the Ottawa area. Since 2005, HWF has helped more than 900 families!

New beginnings for HWF

HWF is run entirely by volunteers. There are no employees and all work is funded by donations. The organization recently received a generous grant from the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation, allowing HWF to acquire a warehouse to store donated furniture for timely donation to new families. This means that all the furniture will be in one location, allowing volunteers to work indoors sheltered from the weather, with adequate heating and cooling and lighting. With this grant, Nathalie looks forward to being much more efficient and delivering to many more families in the future.

“There’s no reason for us not to do something to help out," she says. Believing that she gets back more than she gives, Nathalie doesn't consider herself to be a hero. But we can't think of a better word to describe her. Nathalie - you are most definitely a hero, and your praises deserve to be sung!

Many Thanks

Thank you to Jeanne Gagnon for nominating Nathalie Maione to the Unsung Hero Video Biography project and to Helping With Furniture's dedicated team of volunteers who graciously supported filming Nathalie's work.

Thank you to all of you who nominated your Unsung Heroes. Getting to know these Canadian superheroes is immensely inspiring and we can't wait to share their stories with the rest of the world! We are currently researching and filming additional video biographies to profile. Stay tuned.

Thank you also to Proper Television, whose production assistance has helped CharityVillage shine the light on the amazing and inspiring work done by real Canadians whose efforts have changed lives and made Canada a better place.