Donor Profile: Ashley Furniture

The ReStore is a lot of things to a lot of different people. To some homeowners who are renovating, we’re a one stop shop for furniture and building materials. To renters or college students who are moving or downsizing, we’re a reliable pickup service that will take that couch and loveseat off their hands. And increasingly, the ReStore is taking on another role: to many local businesses, we’re a great way to give back to and participate in the community. This week, we’re spotlighting our new partners at Ashley Furniture.

While Ashley Furniture is a national chain renowned for its diversity of offerings, the Harahan store is a locally-owned franchise, run by the Olinde Hardware Company. The Olinde Company has been around since the late 1880’s and is now in its fifth generation of ownership. In addition to their Greater New Orleans Area locations, the company has stores across southern Louisiana, including Lake Charles, Opelousas, Houma, Baker, Gonzales, and Ponchatoula.

The store’s management is invested in the community and company, having been with Ashley Furniture for a number of years: Karman DuBois has been with the company three and half years and is the office manager; and the store manager, Bill Robbins, has been with the company since its opening in June 2010.

The Olinde family is very involved in their community, and, in keeping with their parent company’s philanthropy, Ashley Furniture hosts fundraisers, gives to Second Harvest Food Bank, and supports Breast Cancer Awareness. When the ReStore reached out to them last year, says DuBois, “It was perfect timing because we were doing a clearance sale to clear out the warehouse and were planning on donating whatever didn’t sell.” Since then, “We try to donate over the course of the year, whenever we’ve got a piece that we couldn’t sell,” DuBois continues.

DuBois and her own family have been involved in local housing efforts, including Habitat for Humanity. “My husband’s worked for Road Home and did work with them, and I did volunteering for them in North Carolina, as did my mother,” says DuBois.

The donation process is efficient and convenient, and DuBois encourages others to “just get involved” with the Habitat ReStore. “It’s just so worth it,” she reports, “and there’s a need for it here in our area. I think it helps meet a lot of needs that otherwise would go unmet.” And there are so many ways to get involved! Whether it’s by volunteering, donating, or shopping, we encourage you to come down and see what the ReStore’s all about!

To find quality items for a great price, come visit us at the ReStore this week! We’re located at 2900 Elysian Fields Avenue, open from 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday.  Interested in donating? Swing by to drop your donation off, sign up for a pickup on our website, or give us a call at 504-943-2240.