A typical vision of a Habitat for Humanity volunteer involves a person wearing a hard hat swinging a hammer on a construction site. While that type of volunteer is extremely important, there are a multitude of other types of volunteer positions just as crucial to allowing families to partner with Habitat to build decent and affordable homes.
One place that abounds with volunteer opportunities are Habitat for Humanity ReStores; home improvement stores that sell new and gently used items. Proceeds from these sales help families build homes in local communities and around the world. Even within the Habitat ReStore, the variety of volunteer positions is extensive – there’s a way for everyone to help, regardless of skillset or experience!
To illustrate, we’ve scoured the web and found eight actual volunteer opportunities currently available at Habitat ReStores around the U.S. that you may not have previously considered as options. However, because needs are constantly changing, keep in mind that not all of these positions will be available at all Habitat ReStores.
Examples of volunteer opportunities at Habitat ReStore (that you may not have thought of)
1. Be the boss (of repairs) – Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake ReStore
Repair boss. “With a little attention (repair, refinishing, etc.), that wonky wobbly table can get a new face and these items can raise funds for Habitat and be rescued from cluttering our landfills. We're looking for someone to help provide some TLC to our furniture and other items that need touch-ups.”
2. Drive the truck – Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Truck drivers & helpers. “Truck drivers do not need a CDL, but do need a clean driving record and must be over 21 years of age. The trucks are automatic and have GPS. Truck helpers can be 17 years or older and must be willing and able to move and lift everything from lamps to china cabinets. Hours are full or half days Monday through Saturday, as many days as you can give.”
3. Deconstruct it – Lexington Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Deconstruction. “Lexington Habitat’s Deconstruction Department can use individual volunteers and groups on an irregular basis to assist with the removal of reusable materials from existing structures. Salvaged materials from such projects are sold in our ReStore.”
4. Spread the Habitat ReStore word… online – Suburban Atlanta Habitat ReStores
Social media. “We need a talented person to help us maintain our presence on Facebook by posting pictures of merchandise and store events, updating our status with the latest and greatest news, and ultimately drawing more people into our store.”
5. Keep the donations coming –Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville ReStores
Donation Scheduler. “The ReStore is currently looking for volunteers to serve as a donation scheduler. This volunteer would help answer the ReStore donation hotline, return messages left by clients wanting to donate, and help schedule donation pick up times for the ReStore donation truck. Volunteers would ideally be able to work at least one four-hour shift per week for up to three months.”
6. Sort the books – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore
Book specialist. “Book lovers, rejoice! Book Specialists help with receiving, sorting, cleaning, pricing, shelving and stocking the books. No experience is required.”
7. Share your woodworking expertise – Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County ReStores
Furniture Repair. “We often get furniture in the store that is in need of minor repair. If you’d like to put your woodworking skills to good use, we’ll provide the tools and the furniture – you provide the expertise!”
8. Bring a group – Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Group volunteers. “Group volunteers are welcome to assist with Construction, the Habitat ReStore, and various special projects... Each year dozens of alumni groups, businesses, houses of worship, professional organizations, and schools participate on the Habitat for Humanity work site! Without the help of groups like these, the work that we do at Fort Bend Habitat would not be possible.”
BONUS – Barista – Julia’s Café at Charlotte Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Technically this opportunity is located next to a Habitat ReStore, but because it’s operated by the Charlotte Habitat for Humanity ReStore (and raises money to help families build houses just like the Habitat ReStore) we couldn’t resist including a barista volunteer position…
Julia’s Café Barista Volunteer. “Coffee lovers, rejoice! Julia’s Cafe & Books needs your help! We are searching for volunteers to assist staff baristas in running the cash register, making coffee, cleaning and stocking. Experience in a coffee shop is not needed, just a friendly face with a knack for customer service!”