Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity ReStore Volunteers
The Greater Springfield ReStore can't work without help from the community. These volunteers help us to fulfill our mission and make the ReStore a great place to work and shop.
When Anne stopped working in Retail after 30+ years (both in stores and Corporate offices), she decided that her next step was to find a nonprofit organization to volunteer for. She had only a small bit of knowledge of what the ReStore was all about and it intrigued her. “What kind of store is not open 7 days a week, holidays and closes at 6pm??
In her words "I loved that idea! Refreshing! So I signed up to volunteer even though I am not “handy” around the house. I thought my career experience and the fact that I love watching HGTV would allow me to help out in some way. I found my niche in doing what I’ll call clerical/analytical work for the store. It is a perfect match. It’s great that I can help out in that way and I keep learning at the same time. The Staff is SO appreciative of their volunteers, it is a pleasure to help out."
Anne had been volunteering on Habitat construction sites with her husband, Tom, about once a month for several years before The ReStore in Westfield opened. After she retired, she decided that The ReStore was a good place for her to volunteer once a week. Anne enjoys talking to customers, seeing what new treasures have been donated each week, and working with the ReStore staff and volunteers. In her words "It’s fun solving the occasional mystery of “what is this thing”? Some days I come home tired after working at The ReStore but the work is not as physically hard as work on construction sites. I believe strongly in the Greater Springfield Habitat mission to build decent, affordable housing for families in our area. Working, and shopping, at The Restore is one way to support that mission."
Steven's story coming soon
It all stared about 8 years ago, when Becky was looking from something to do on Saturdays. She found Habitat's website and volunteer opportunities and the rest is history.
Enjoying her time on the construction site, she dicided to try her hand at volunteering in the office. Thankfully she enjoys stuffing envelopes and preparing for fundraising and other special events. When the Restore opened, she jumped at the chance to help in a completely different way, working the cash register, talking to all ReStore customers, answering questions and sharing Habitat for Humanity's mission with anyone who comes in to the store. Becky enjoys the challenge of moving some of the larges pieces of furniture too! In her own words, “I like it when people think I can’t help because I am a small female, but then I grab a dolly and move it and they stand there stunned” she said.
Anne's story coming soon
Initially, Mark was working for IBM and found a program in which he could get involved with a non-profit for a six month period of time. Through this program he met with Habitat of Springfield in which they suggested that his background and skills would be a good fit in ReStore. During this six-month period Mark assisted with Marketing and Outreach as well as day to day operations. Once this six months ended Mark retired from IBM but his connection and passion to volunteer continued with ReStore as he spends time in the store, helping on various committees and other tasks that are needed by ReStore. He feels that the ReStore operation is a great way to give back to the community and make a difference for many families in the area and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences that he has had to date.