One by one, Habitat ReStore staff members jumped eagerly into the basement, ready to continue with the day’s work. It was a beautiful autumn day, the ground just slightly damp from rain the night before. Fourteen staff from all three ReStore locations had gathered at the Orchard Ridge neighborhood in Baltimore to volunteer on site. It didn’t take long for a friendly competition to break out within the group. Split up into two teams, they raced to finish their framing tasks, encouraging each other along the way. It wasn’t long before laughter and smiles took over the whole build site.
It was a great team-building experience for all who attended, and a great chance for staff from all the ReStore locations to get to know each other. It also provided first-hand experience and a better understanding of how ReStores’ earnings contribute to Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Through the sales of used household goods and building materials, the stores income provides essential funds that enable many homes to be built in the Central Maryland area.
The staff was able to see how their hard work translates into physical homes. It was such a great experience that there are already plans for future ReStore builds. The staff especially desires continued opportunities to volunteer at the house they are sponsoring, which ReStore customers and generous volunteers make possible.
You can help continue to support ReStore by shopping at any of three locations, by donating gently used appliances, furniture and household goods, or by volunteering in the store. All three stores gladly welcome any extra hands that want to help out!
Please visit the Humanity ReStore website for more information and join us in wishing the Halethorpe ReStore team a happy first anniversary!