Photo: Future Habitat homeowner, Marla.
Thinking about Spring cleaning? You are not alone! People across the North Island have caught Spring fever, and they are de-cluttering their homes with a vengeance. Thankfully, rather than throwing their gently used items in the trash, they are donating items to local charities. The Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s ReStores in Courtenay and Campbell River are the recipients of this generosity.
“With the return of weekend garage sales, we experience a significant – and most welcome –increase in donations,” explains ReStore Operations Manager, Ellie Karas. “Most people know that we accept and sell new and gently used building materials, furniture, and large appliances, but we also receive donations of housewares, garden supplies, sports equipment and more. Many local shoppers make a habit of coming into the ReStore on a regular basis to see what new treasures are in store for them. We appreciate that this community is so generous in its support.”
“The ReStore is an important part of Habitat for Humanity’s operations because the profits from the ReStore support our build projects,” adds Volunteer Coordinator, Terri Perrin. “We do have a core group of employees at the ReStore, but we depend on a team of more than 60 volunteers to help us with everything from electronics testing and metal recycling. As well as sorting, cleaning, pricing and working as a cashier. Volunteers truly are the heart of this organization.”
If you are a garage sale guru who can, for example, tell the difference between a Fiestaware dinner plate and a knock-off, you could be the type of volunteer that the Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs to help price and merchandise houseware donations. Cashiers, recycling helpers, and yard workers are also required. Potential volunteers should be available to commit to at least one four-hour shift (from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Saturday. Orientation and training will be provided.
Both businesses and members of the public are welcome to drop off donations at the ReStore.
Campbell River ReStore: 1725B Willow Road, 250-830-1493
Courtenay ReStore: 1755 13th Street, 250-334-3784
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Habitat for Humanity will also pick up donations free of charge.
For those interested in volunteering at either of the ReStores are encouraged to call or email.
Courtenay ReStore: Terri Perrin at 250-334-3777, ext. 224
or email email@example.com
Campbell River ReStore: Lorraine Holden at 250-830-1493, ext. 224
or email firstname.lastname@example.org