“When I started working at the ReStore, I didn’t know much about Habitat,” said Grant Carlson, Operations Coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat’s New Brighton ReStore. “Then I realized how lucky I was. It has turned from a job into a labor of love.”
The ReStoration Corner
Three years. 12,000 phone calls. Over 5,000 donation pick ups. And that's just one part of the impact Donations Coordinator Marilyn Paulos has had since she joined the ReStore team in October of 2013.
"This role gives me the chance to use my retail background and skill set for a cause I care deeply about," Marilyn said. "Home is huge for me."
With spring just ahead, many of us are looking forward to the snow melting, birds chirping and the return of our green space. Spring is also a time when we embark on a sometimes daunting indoor activity: Spring cleaning. No more putting it off until the last minute; start your spring cleaning early and partner with ReStore and Twin Cities Habitat to donate items that will help us invest in the lives of local families.
Though daunting, your spring cleaning experience can be quite rewarding if you remember to keep ReStore in mind.
"Spring cleaning can be a great time to bring order to your home or business and donate items to the ReStore," said Robin Henrichsen, ReStore Donations Manager. "Individuals or businesses can drop off items at the two ReStore locations or request a pick up if you have a lot of items."
At Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we work with a variety of groups that engage in many different ways with our mission—from volunteering, to fundraising, to advocating for policies that support affordable housing. Each group comes with different motivations, passions, experiences, and goals, but they all contribute and make a huge impact on the work we’re able to do in the local community.
Some Habitat volunteers swing hammers and raise walls on a build site. Others paint or do repair work for existing homeowners with Habitat’s A Brush With Kindness program. Still others advocate for affordable housing, assist shoppers in a ReStore, or help out in the office. And then there’s Jim Larsen. Jim travels across the Twin Cities as a ReStore Truck Assistant volunteer, collecting donations that will be sold to help fund Twin Cities Habitat’s mission. And it’s the perfect role for him.
Guest Blog by Lewis F., Cole S., Jack R., Sam L., and Jackson C.
Minnetonka High School students
Over the past few months, Minnetonka High School Vantage students have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's ReStores to research and develop new ways to attract college volunteers to help out at the stores.
If you love our ReStores and saving money, then you're going to want to mark your calendar to come shop on Saturday, January 28, 2017!
Guest blog by Don Gustafson
This story starts with an older man looking for work following a layoff; a search that took 25 months. The ad that was answered was for a truck driving job, titled Donations Receiving Assistant. The older man broke all of the conventions of job applications by not submitting a cover letter, and by sending a five page resume (three pages longer than the accepted norm). I’m that older man.
If the demand for heat this winter increases as many energy analysts are predicting, your pocketbook may be taking a hit this season. But never fear! The ReStore team is here with some tips and home hacks that might just save you some green and keep you warm until spring arrives.
Topics: Tips and Tricks