Why Scott McGillivray donates to Habitat for Humanity ReStore
What is a Habitat ReStore and how does it help my community?
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials. Shopping at a Habitat ReStore is a socially conscious decision, as funds generated are used to fund local Habitat for Humanity homebuilding projects. It’s also an environmentally conscious decision, as much of what is sold is product that is new, gently used or customer returns that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Seems like a great idea!
It is, and it’s a Canadian idea at that. Five volunteers from Winnipeg, Manitoba opened Habitat for Humanity’s first-ever ReStore in 1991. Today, there are nearly 100 ReStores across Canada and more than 1,000 worldwide, all raising funds to enable more families to partner with Habitat and access affordable homeownership.
Every ReStore is different, offering a unique shopping experience for those looking to add something new to their homes. The inventory is always changing, as new items are donated by local residents and businesses daily. Consumers can expect to find items such as windows, doors, paint, hardware, lumber, tools, lighting fixtures, furniture and appliances.
Habitat ReStores accept donations from the general public and businesses. For more information on Habitat for Humanity ReStores, consult our FAQ. To find out what your local ReStore will accept and if they will pick-up your donation, please contact them directly.
Volunteer at a Habitat ReStore
While many Habitat build projects only take place at certain times of the year, Habitat ReStores provide the opportunity to volunteer year-round. They are always looking for new volunteers, and are a great place to learn skills and meet new people, all while helping build more affordable Habitat homes for local families.