Happy Volunteer Week 2014!!!
- Published on Saturday, 12 April 2014 15:32
Here are our Norristown Superstars Sean, Aldino and Ammar who faithfully volunteer
every week in ReStore Montco. We are so thankful for their help.
Happy National Volunteer Week 2014!! National Volunteer Week honors the people who dedicate themselves to actively solving problems within communities. Here, at Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, PA, and ReStore Montco, the value of volunteers is invaluable to ending poverty housing in our local communities and transforming lives of families, especially the children. I could cite the amount of money saved to help more families through volunteer participation or statistics about how volunteering translates into employability, but the value of a volunteer cannot be fully honored by traditional means, such as expressions of appreciation, refreshments, public recognition, or anything material. I asked numerous volunteers how else we, as an organization, could express appreciation, and no one wanted personal recognition. Perhaps, the best way to celebrate our volunteers is to share a glimpse into what inspired and really blessed me, what is in their hearts.
When asked “why do you volunteer?” Unaminously and quickly, every single person answered “because I believe in what we do.” Everyone referred to our mission. After witnessing volunteers exhibiting extreme physical exertion carrying heavy appliances up stairs backwards and the patience of individuals handling mobs of customer questions during the ReStore Anniversary, I knew there was more. “Even in the freezing cold out onsite or during a day working the ReStore register without a bathroom break?” Unanimously, they expressed a deeply-rooted gratefulness for their lives and a desire to pay it forward. As one volunteer, under an oath of confidentiality shared, “I say thank you that I have a bed to sleep in before I go to sleep at night. Take a minute and think about it. Not everyone has a bed to sleep in at night.” Wow…I did. Humbled and inspired, I also re-read our mission statement, have been counting my blessings, and reminding myself it’s a matter of the heart.
Habitat’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing. Partnering with caring individuals and organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County (HFHMC) constructs simple, decent, affordable homes and empowers hardworking, low-income families to become homeowners by providing no-interest mortgages with which to buy them.
A Villanova Habitat Chapter leader shares her experience and a couple, who started volunteering by a memorial day in honor of their daughter, breathes new life into volunteering shares their insight.
Villanova University Habitat for Humanity Chapter, Student Relations Chair
“Working at the Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County ReStore was a great experience. Working with Lauren, the store manager, we were able to help customers get furniture and materials into their cars, sort through donations, and put items on the floor. Speaking with customers and community members showed me the kind of impact that these donations have on people, and how much new materials can change a home. All of the people who work at Habitat MontCo are so dedicated to the mission, and work hard to run an incredible ReStore. The volunteers from the community are so happy to help, and we had such a great day working with everyone. It's nice to have an impact, and helping Lauren to get donations onto the floor and bring in new donations was a very satisfying experience! We are looking forward to coming back!"
John and Carole Frock’s Love for HFHMC/ ReStore Montco
“Our daughter passed away suddenly at age 40 almost five years ago. We were looking to see what we could do in her memory on her birthday. John was a volunteer at Habitat in Bucks County so he contacted the volunteer coordinator at Habitat in Montgomery County. She was able to give us a date around our daughter's birthday and we have been having a group of friends and relatives work on Habitat projects for the past four years. The last two years the men have worked on construction projects and the ladies have been working at the Restore. Carole and the ladies decided that after having to jackhammer at Airy Street that they would prefer not to work construction.
We have found it a wonderful and rewarding experience and one that we feel is a tribute to our daughter.
We hope we can continue to do this memorial for many years to come.
As an aside, because of John's involvement with the memorial he now is a regular weekly volunteer on the construction crews.”
It’s really a matter of heart.
Repurpose for a Purpose: ReStore Montco's UpCycle Challenge
- Published on Friday, 04 April 2014 14:30
See how you can get the designer look for less at ReStore Montco’s UpCycle Challenge Home Tour on Saturday, April 19 and Saturday, April 26 between 11 am and 2 pm. For a suggested donation of $10 to Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, PA (HFHMC), you can see how five DIY-savvy contestants transformed a simple Habitat house into a Pinterest-worthy home. The home tour will feature repurposed furniture from ReStore Montco. Vote for your favorite room in the UpCycle Challenge home located on 140 Penn St. in Hatfield. The contestant with the most votes will win a $100 gift card to ReStore Montco. A lucky tour attendee will be randomly selected to win a $25 ReStore Montco gift card.
The UpCycle Challenge contestants (in alphabetical order) are Kristen Albone, owner of Home By Kristen; Holly Gruszka, owner of West Pear Interiors; mother-daughter team Katie Pietrak,owner of Vintage Vinyl Journals, and Diane Pietrak; Laura Rodgers; and Lauren Nolan-Sellers,co-founder of Trust the Vision Decor.
“Our ReStore Montco team has truly outdone themselves in creating an innovative way to raise funds to end poverty housing while at the same time showing practical decorating tips that keep items out of the landfill,” says Marianne Lynch, Executive Director of HFHMC, “It truly is a win-win for everyone involved. Being a DIYer myself, I can’t wait to see what the designers have created from ReStore Montco materials!”
To save on home decorating costs, the contestants utilized and repurposed materials and furniture from ReStore Montco. ReStore Montco is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used building materials, furniture, home accessories, appliances and much more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Items are generously donated by individuals, small businesses and corporations. All ReStore Montco proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity programs in Montgomery County, PA. Since 2010, ReStore Montco has contributed over $300,000 to HFHMC and diverted over 400 tons of usable material from the landfill. Located on 533 Foundry Road in West Norriton, ReStore Montco is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm. For more information please visit www.restoremontco.org, like ReStore Montco on Facebook www.facebook.com/restoremontco or call 610-631-3149.