This morning, I took a bus out to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Wallingford, Connecticut. These are donation centers that accept furniture, building materials, and household appliances, which are refurnished and resold. Proceeds from sales at the ReStore are then used to fund local housing projects.
I had the chance to meet some great workers and volunteers at the ReStore. Ruth introduced me to the ReStore’s operations and put me to work measuring, moving and cleaning. Corinna, an au pair from Germany and a fellow volunteer, shared some interesting travel stories with me. Emmy told me about her fulfilling volunteer experiences working with Habitat and introduced me to Bill, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Greater New Haven. This was a great chance for me to learn more about the affordable housing cause and the local efforts being made to finance and support it.
If you have unwanted or unneeded furniture, de-clutter your home by making a donation. This is a great way to promote environmental sustainability and the affordable housing issue at the same time! Look for a ReStore near you here.