Retirement can leave a lot of people wondering what to do with their time. Giving back as a volunteer on a regular basis keeps you active, gives you a nice routine, and makes you feel a little warmer inside. Just ask regular volunteer Sue.
Guest Blogger: Bryce Hoban from Hook Agency shares their ReStore volunteer experience.
First, it’s a great way to give back to the community. As a business, we not only have an obligation to help our clients succeed, but we also should be working towards making the community around us better as well. Everyone here takes pride in being a Minnesotan and living in the Twin Cities and we want to make sure we are doing our part to improving our home.
Did you know that Minnesota is number two in the country for people volunteering every year? Last year, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service, 1.9 million Minnesotans gave back by volunteering. The Twin Cities are also number one in large cities across the U.S. for volunteerism, so let's keep it up!
Now a retired project manager, Bihari volunteers for two four-hour shifts each week at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. As a volunteer, he stocks and organizes shelves, disassembles and organizes scrap metal, and helps customers. He is one one of 40 regular volunteers that help run both Twin Cities Habitat ReStore locations.
The benefits of volunteering is often unmeasurable, but several organizations have shown there are many. According to the Corporation of National Community Service, there are many intangible benefits such as improving other peoples lives and strengthening the community. There have also been studies that suggest there are significant health benefits for those who volunteer. Here at the ReStore and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and donors are a crucial part of fulfilling our mission of affordable housing. It's the hard work and dedication that truly strengthens our community.
When a Twin Cities Firefighter approached the ReStore with an opportunity to decorate a holiday tree to benefit Operation Warm, they jumped at the idea. Not only are ReStore volunteers decorating a tree that will be sold in a silent auction, but they are decorating several doors that will display wreaths for sale at the upcoming Minneapolis Holiday Boutique (November 10-12, 2017 at US Bank Stadium).