We asked, “What do you like about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity ReStore?” And, here’s what our volunteers had to say;
Dave (right) has volunteered with ReStore for over 5 years! Dave likes that every day is different, “you never know what’s going to roll in”. Dave says; “it’s nice to give back but it’s also nice to come in and have purpose, to get out of the house for a while and socialize with others”. Dave, John & Mick are more than just ReStore volunteers, they’ve become good friends. Mick (left) has volunteered for over 6 years and John (middle) 6 months.
Don is a new ReStore volunteer and says he likes the variety of work. He’s “apprenticing” under ReStore Studio volunteer Dave and is enjoying watching and learning a lot from Dave. The ReStore is a great way to meet new people and build friendships that will last a lifetime.
Destiny is one of our ReStore co-op students. Destiny says she likes that she “gets to make a difference in the community” and that the ReStore is a “fun environment”.
Jackie likes doing hands on work at the ReStore and has fun learning different things. Jackie says that knowing she is helping out in a way that she never thought she could before is really interesting.
Giacomo has been volunteering with Habitat for 10 YEARS! Giacomo says he likes to volunteer because he “likes to help and make people happy”. He also enjoys talking to people.
Interested in volunteering? Contact the volunteer department today to learn more at email@example.com
Get into the holiday spirit early this year – and get your house ready for the festive season – with our ReStore Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift promotion. The promotion takes place from November 28 to December 3 in Guelph, and from November 29 to December 3 in Mount Forest and Orangeville.
The ReStores are one of the major revenue streams funding Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph’s vision of safe and decent housing for all. Current fundraising efforts are supporting Cityview Village, an upcoming build of a 30-unit condo development for families and seniors, as well as planning for a future Orangeville build.
ReStores also extend our commitment to environmental sustainability by allowing the community to recycle and reuse building materials and household items, including hardware, plumbing, lighting, furniture, appliances, kitchens and more. We also accept used electronics and scrap metal, including pop cans, for recycling. Last year, our ReStores diverted 400,000 lbs. of metal and electronics from landfills sites – enough to fill 28 garbage trucks.
For more information on the Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift ReStore promotion, contact Nancy Frazer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Home décor stores have great items in vivid colours and interesting shapes, but that unique custom-made look often comes with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores sell new and gently used home décor, furnishings, and building supplies at a fraction of the retail costs.
Don’t settle for drab instead of fab. Save hundreds of dollars on a new or gently used piece of accent furniture by repurposing them with some paint, a healthy sense of adventure, and these easy-to-follow tips.
Consider the piece, not colour: If you’re checking out old furniture that’s collecting dust in your basement, keep an eye out for shapes that would work for you. Changing the colour of an end table is easy, but you can’t change its bones.
Get out that sandpaper: If you want to paint anything that’s wood, always lightly sand it first. This allows the paint to stick better to that vintage chair or table.
A little detail goes a long way: Making small changes, like replacing doorknobs, can instantly freshen up any item. Get as funky as you want for just a few dollars by checking out Habitat’s ReStores, garage sales, and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind finds.
Think outside the box (and your own stuff): Don’t have something you can transform? Consider picking up a new-to you vintage treasure that may not need as much work as that dresser you’ve had since elementary school.
As a bonus, if you shop at Habitat’s ReStore between now and October 31, Swiffer will donate $1 to Habitat for every transaction to celebrate ReStore’s 25th anniversary! As well, you’ll get a free Swiffer Duster, while supplies last.
Heather is a Habitat for Humanity Guelph ReStore volunteer! You can find Heather every Monday and Saturday afternoon in the Guelph ReStore helping our customers find that special item. Every day she brings a big smile and a welcoming hello. Heather is also on our Ultimate Habitat House Party Committee! With the experience she’s developed as a local business owner and active member in the community, you can be sure that the event will be a successful one with her help. When asked what her fondest memory with Habitat is, she said “every memory is a great one”.
Cameron is a Habitat for Humanity Orangeville ReStore volunteer! Cameron has been a ReStore volunteer with us for almost 2 years – amazing! You can often find Cameron in the ReStore sharing stories with our customers, staff, & fellow volunteers. Cameron’s enthusiasm for volunteering is contagious… stop by the Orangeville ReStore and see for yourself the excitement for volunteering.
Paul is one of our volunteer Kitchen Tear-Out Crew leads. With his help we are able to safely remove donated Kitchens for resale in the ReStore. But, that’s not all…Paul is a habitat volunteer extraordinaire! He has volunteered on our Habitat Build Sites, in the ReStores, with our annual fundraising event, & even helped us launch our Volunteer Skills Building Program.
National Volunteer Week is a special time when we come together to honour our volunteers. And, here at Habitat WDG volunteers are the heart of our organization. As such, we would like to recognize the continual support we receive from all our volunteers. We are fortunate to have such caring and dedicated volunteers; like Rayleen who takes the time to mentor new volunteers; Wayne & Sulin who go above and beyond to ensure an excellent customer experience; or Dave, Mick, Ray & Wanda who acts as role models imparting years of experience to the next generation of volunteers.
Each day we are honoured to be supported by the volunteers that donate their precious time towards making a difference in our community as we provide new hope for low-income families; helping to end the cycle of poverty through our affordable homeownership program. On a daily basis our volunteers go above and beyond their role, to not only support our organization, but also our community. We would like to sincerely thank our volunteers for their continued support – You truly have the power to change a life!
The Horton family of Guelph received as they put it, “a Christmas miracle” December 9th, as Habitat for Humanity WDG along with partners, supporters, and volunteers alike dedicated the newly completed build project at 327 York Road to its newest homeowners.
The Horton family, Simon (dad), Cyndi (mom), Kathy (grandma), Brenden (15), Taylor (12), and Liam (9), are overjoyed to be starting fresh in their new 4 bedroom, 2 bath, home. “We are so grateful to be able to invest in ourselves, to be homeowners, and to be able to stop dumping our earnings into rent” says Simon. Simon is a full-time employee at Linamar and Cyndi works part-time at Walmart. The family will be leaving behind a small, overcrowded townhome with complex rules prohibiting the kids to play in outdoor common areas and with repairs needed throughout.
Running a photography business is no joke. With hundreds of photographers in our community, competition is fierce. And beyond the talent, the experience, and one-of-a-kind imagery McCormick Photography produces, there is one competitive advantage Megan McCormick holds like no other. Megan’s heart and generosity are unmatched.
In a serendipitous event back in the spring of 2014, Megan and business manager, Todd Hunt, came to Habitat looking to give back to the community. “Megan and Todd came in to the Guelph office and offered their photography services to us at absolutely no charge. We were overwhelmed by their kindness. What they were offering us was thousands of dollars worth of volunteer services” remarks Sharron Riley-Persson, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Resource Development. From that moment on, Megan became the photographer responsible for delivering the professional images for the Ultimate Habitat House Party, our 5-year, 25 more homes Campaign, and so much more!
Jon and Cherel Hains
Jon and Cherel Hains joined Habitat for Humanity WDG in September 2014 and have both played integral roles at our ReStore in Orangeville since that time. When we asked them why they selected Habitat for Humanity as the charitable organization to which they wanted to contribute as volunteers, Cherel remarked, “we just returned from sailing our 36’ Catamaran exploring both sides of Canada and the US. We were gone for a year and were ready to come home!” They began volunteering their time at other local charitable organizations but found that there wasn’t that “rewarding” feeling. According to both Jon and Cherel, “we are not only having such great fun at the ReStore, but also know our support is making such a difference to families that need an important hand up”.
Cherel owned two Body Shop franchises for over fourteen years so business is her background. Jon volunteered as a firefighter for over 30 years while owning a General Store in Hockley Village for over 12 years, specializing in tool sales.
According to Jon, the ReStore volunteer work offers a variety of jobs and let’s both Cherel and him meet so many different people. Habitat for Humanity is so proud to have Jon and Cherel as a part of our volunteer network—they most certainly have the power to change lives!
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but now there is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a day where charities, businesses, and individuals come together to celebrate giving. On Tuesday, December 1st, how will you take part?
Our #Giving4Habitat initiative for Giving Tuesday has a goal to raise $18,000 to support a build & create a pass it 4-ward movement! From November 17th through Giving Tuesday and until December 7th, give the gift that keeps #Giving4Habitat! DONATE ONLINE BY CLICKING HEREor tell a friend to pass it 4-ward! Online donations will receive a tax receipt issued to them through email within 24 hours via Canada Helps. TIP: INTERACT will match up to $25 of your donation if paying online with INTERACT on December 1st!