SOURCE: Neighbor Brigade

Neighbor Brigade

March 18, 2014 09:30 ET

Canary and Neighbor Brigade Team to Turn Local Buying and Selling Into Means of Helping Neighbors in Crisis

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2014) -  True to Canary's model of enabling residents to safely buy and sell items locally while giving back to their communities, the fast-growing online marketplace has named Massachusetts nonprofit Neighbor Brigade among its charitable partners.

Neighbor Brigade is a community-based organization that helps neighbors in times of sudden crisis. Now, consumers who use Canary to buy and sell furniture or other household items can put those items to work supporting neighbors in need by designating 12% of their sales to Neighbor Brigade.

"When we found out about Neighbor Brigade, we immediately saw it as an obvious fit with our mission," said Mike Filbey, CEO of Canary. "We are all about empowering people to use the resources they have to better themselves and their communities. Neighbor Brigade has demonstrated how people can strengthening the fabric of their communities by caring for one another in times of trouble, and we wanted to get behind that."

Canary has helped hundreds of people buy and sell items locally while donating a part of the sales to good causes. Based in Boston, the firm has recently expanding its offering from the South Shore to the Metrowest regions of the Boston area.

"We are thrilled and grateful to have the support of Mike and his team at Canary," said Stephanie Lawrence, executive director at Neighbor Brigade. "Their dedication to social responsibility, finding a way to build support for communities directly into their business model, tells you a lot about who they are and what they care about. We feel very fortunate to be teaming up with such a great group of people."

Neighbor Brigade is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that establishes and mobilizes community-specific networks of volunteers to help residents facing sudden crises such as devastating illness, accident, or other tragic event. Our volunteers provide non-medical, non-monetary services and collaborate with the shared purpose of helping fellow residents. There are no eligibility requirements for recipients, who may self-refer. Neighbor Brigade is immediate, efficient and free and provides temporary support to those affected while strengthening the fabric of a community. To learn more, visit

Canary's ( mission is to "revolutionize the way we buy and sell locally online, while supporting the community that supports us." Canary helps clients sell their furniture and household items online by taking pictures of items at the client's home, researching price, writing and managing a listing on, as well as other appropriate platforms, finding credible buyers, and setting up times for buyers to purchase the item. The seller keeps 60% of the sale, and 12% of each sale goes to the seller's choice of one of Canary's five charitable partners. To date, Canary has over 200 satisfied clients, $110,000 in sales, and $18,000 donated to charity. Canary was started by Mike Filbey, a Cohasset-native, his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and co-founder Mohsin Khan are currently taking the year off of school to pursue Canary full time.

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