I am honored to have been associated with Habitat for Humanity for about 25 years, off and on. In fact, my wife and I had our first date working on a Habitat home. My involvement during that time was spent working on new homes and renovating homes for Habitat. I have volunteered by working on homes with Habitat in Tulsa, OK and locally with Wake, Durham and Orange county affiliates.
I started volunteering at the Habitat ReStore in February, 2012 after retiring. After several months of volunteering, I was offered a staff position with Customer Services/Cashiering. I resigned from that staff position in August, 2014 to take a 3 month camping trip around the Western part of the country. After returning from my trip, I again volunteered at Restore and several months later was again offered a staff position. In December of 2015 after being the ReStore "Santa", I returned to volunteering. Since I had a lot of experience with the ReStore, the Director talked with me about helping share the orientation and training of volunteers for the ReStore. It has been a privilege to help the Volunteer Program Manager for the last year. This sharing opportunity has been very satisfying and enjoyable.
I enjoy volunteering at Habitat ReStore because it satisfies my desire to contribute back to the local community, particularly since all the earnings stay in the community and don't go to "corporate officers/stockholders". I believe in one of the sayings of Habitat that it is a "hand up, not a hand out" organization. I particularly enjoy working at the ReStore because I get to interact with many people from the community and help provide household goods for them. I like working with the staff and volunteers who together bring joy to families. The high quality and dedicated staff and volunteers at the ReStore are like minded in providing the best service and products to the Durham and Orange county communities.
It has been a privilege and honor to be associated with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Durham and Orange counties.
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