Volunteer

 

Volunteers serve a vital role in helping the ReStore achieve its mission.

With your help, we keep over 4,300 tons of usable materials out of the landfill each year and have raised over $2.9 million to build Habitat for Humanity homes in our local community.

We achieve our mission only because individuals like you help us keep our store operations running smoothly. Volunteers give our stores a unique fun, easy going, creative work environment that encourages our customers to keep coming back. We are truly thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way.

We can find valuable work for nearly all skill levels. If you have the compassion and dedication to improve your community, we’d love to hear from you.

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Below are some examples of how volunteers can get involved in our organization. There are a variety of ways community members can engage with the ReStore. If you have a specific skill set that you feel could benefit our program, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Janell Watt at 503.206.5835

Warehouse

What to Expect

A volunteer shift at the ReStore may include: loading and unloading vehicles, receiving donations, sorting materials (like lumber, small hardware, tile, tools, etc.), building displays, and basic maintenance duties such as sweeping, cleaning and organizing our aisles. Occasionally, we’ll have a special project that comes up like constructing a display, sorting bin tables or painting. Everyday is a little different, and everything you do to help is important, so we appreciate your flexibility as a volunteer!

What to wear

  • All volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. No exceptions.
  • Wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Some ReStores are not heated, and you may be working outside.
  • Please refrain from wearing imaging on your clothing that may be offensive or inappropriate, as you will be representing Habitat for Humanity during your volunteer shift.

What to bring

  • Bring a water bottle if you have one, and a lunch if you will be working all day. 
  • Please leave your MP3 players and other valuables at home.
  • A good sense of humor and flexible attitude, as we have come to expect the unexpected!

Rules

  • We are unable to accommodate volunteers under the age of 16.
  • If you are under 18, you MUST either be accompanied by an adult OR have your waiver signed by your parent or guardian.
  • For safety purposes, please do not bring earbuds or headphones.

When you arrive

  • Sign in at the register and fill out a volunteer waiver.
  • If you are under 18, your waiver must be signed by a parent before you can begin working.
  • You will receive an orientation and tour of the store before starting on the day’s task list.

Have fun! We are glad you chose to volunteer with the ReStore!


Outreach

We are always looking for volunteers who enjoy engaging with the public and talking about the ReStore at various events. We ask our outreach committee members to commit to at least two events per month for six months. Events may include: Home and Garden shows, Fix-It Fairs, Art festivals, Farmers Markets, etc. We also like to take advantage of networking events, so if you enjoy meeting new people and creating relationships this would be a great opportunity for you. If you prefer to spend time at the computer, we have a large donor database that needs updating on a biweekly basis. We also need help writing thank you cards to our business donors. For more information, contact Janell Watt at janell@pdxrestore.org or 503.206.5835

Building Material Recovery

If you like to work with people and get your hands dirty, our Building Material Recovery team does non-structural deconstruction. Help carefully remove cabinets, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, doors and windows for customers preparing for a remodel. For more information, contact Janell Watt at janell@pdxrestore.org or 503.206.5835