Building Homes, Building Hope

Splash into Summer: Volunteer Opportunities at Habitat ReStore

Splash into Summer: Volunteer Opportunities at Habitat ReStore

Summertime is here! The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and everyone is looking for new opportunities. No matter what you want to try out, ReStore has got the right fit for you.

 

Want to meet new people and learn new things? Become a ReStore cashier or floor assistant!

If you are friendly and love helping people get great deals, we can use you at the ReStore. We’re always looking for regular volunteers to man the front counter, helping ReStore shoppers find what they are looking for and check out.

Are you a home improvement aficionado? Become a floor assistant and share your knowledge with our customers looking for help.

 

Working on your beach bod? Join our Donation and Deconstruction Crew!

Ever wonder where all of the product at ReStore comes from? Individuals, businesses, and remodelers donate their new and slightly used building materials, furniture and appliances to the ReStore. Our donation crew goes out into the community and picks up donations.

Before demolition or remodeling happens, Habitat ReStore often gets invited for deconstruction. The deconstruction crew removes all usable materials and prevents them from going into the landfills. If you are looking for a volunteering gig working up a sweat and helping the environment, this crew is right up your alley.

 

Want to share your talents? Join our ReStore Committee!

The ReStore committee provides support and assistance for all aspects of ReStore, including business planning, marketing, public relations, volunteer recruitment, and  event planning. If you’re looking for a way to give back, we are always looking for dedicated committee members.

 

What’s the best part?

No matter how you contribute, you’ll be helping ReStore fulfill its three-fold mission of diverting usable materials from landfill, providing low cost building material options to the community and supporting Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s home building efforts.

 

If one of these options piques your interest, contact the ReStore and they’ll be happy to give you more information.

restore@lakeagassizhabitat.org

(218) 284-5253

 

 

 

Furry and Fabulous: A Habitat Canine Companion Check-In

Furry and Fabulous: A Habitat Canine Companion Check-In

Photos and story by Bridget Heacock

Meet King, Ike and Izzy, three of the furriest Habitat partner family members. You may remember them from their last appearance in our blog where we met with past partner family and current Habitat homeowner Jennelle. 

Before moving to their Habitat home, Jennelle and her family were only have to have one pet. The ability to have more beloved dogs is just one of the many reasons why she and her family are thankful for their current home. The dogs are a reflection of their new life, a life that is happier for the whole family. 

"We are so grateful for the Habitat for Humanity home. It is a hand up and not a hand out. It's a huge help." -Habitat Homeowner Jennelle

With the help of DogIDs.com, each dog received their very own customized collar and leash set as a welcoming gift to their new Habitat home. We decided to check back in with these cuties and see how they're enjoying their new threads! We think they're some of the finest looking pups in town!

At 3ft tall and 200 pounds, Janelle calls Ike the Gentle Giant
King looks like a true king in his new collar!
Izzy strikes a pose!

Thanks DogIDs for the leash sets and partnership to help our Habitat partner families and their furry companions feel right at home!

Check out dogIDs.com to find the right collars and tags for your pet!

 

5 Reasons You Should Donate to ReStore During Cleanup Week

5 Reasons You Should Donate to ReStore During Cleanup Week

By: LaRissa Nelson

It’s the time of year for spring cleaning! Cleanup Week in the Fargo-Moorhead area is May 2-6 this year, which means it’s the perfect time to dispose of furniture, appliances and other large items. But before you set all that stuff out on the curb, consider these five great reasons why you should donate your usable materials to Habitat ReStore instead. You’ll be benefitting yourself, the community and the environment.

 

1.  We can pick up your donations for you—for free.

You don’t even have to worry about hauling all that stuff over to ReStore because we can come to you. If you live in Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth or another surrounding community, call 218-284-5253 ext. 2 to schedule a free pickup. We'll come to Lakes Country! 

Or bring your donations to Habitat ReStore at 210 11th Street North, Moorhead during store hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

2.  We take items that can’t be picked up during Cleanup Week.

Some materials won’t be accepted during Cleanup Week—but ReStore will take them! These items include building materials, wood and all of your working appliances.

We also take many other items, including furniture, doors, windows, cabinets, lighting fixtures and pallets. Visit our webpage for a full list of items we’ll accept.

 

3. You’ll get a tax deduction for your donation.

All ReStore donations are tax deductible, so you’ll get a little something in return for donating!

 

4. You’ll be helping divert TONS of materials from local landfills.

By donating your usable items to ReStore, you’ll be helping ReStore divert almost 500 tons of materials from area landfills this year! That’s a lot of waste that doesn’t have to go to waste—and a huge way to help keep the environment healthy.

 

5. Your donations will help local community members.

Your donated items will be sold at a low cost to people in our community who couldn’t otherwise afford these items—plus area upcyclers who are looking for treasures. Proceeds from these sales support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity so they can continue to build simple, decent and affordable homes for deserving families in Cass and Clay counties.

 

For more information on Cleanup Week 2016, visit www.cleanupweek.com. If you have questions about Habitat ReStore’s participation in Cleanup Week, contact Randy Ahmann at 218-284-5253 ext. 3 or email restore@lakeagassizhabitat.org.

 

 

 

Five Eco-Friendly DIY Projects for Earth Week

Five Eco-Friendly DIY Projects for Earth Week

Earth Week is the perfect time to discover new ways to help keep our planet healthy. Luckily, going green is as easy as getting crafty! These DIY projects aren’t just made with eco-friendly materials from ReStore—they’re made for the purpose of helping you recycle, conserve and grow all year long.

DIY #1: Pallet recycling bin
Is your recycling bin a disorganized mess? This rustic recycling bin made from reclaimed pallets will keep all your recyclables in line—while looking sharp in your kitchen, pantry or garage. And a side door makes it super easy to empty!

 

DIY #2: Backyard window greenhouse
What better way to grow something green than by building your own backyard greenhouse? This innovative glass greenhouse is made from a collage of old windows and is the perfect size for all your favorite summer plants.

 

DIY #3: Shower door compost bin
The last thing you probably think of when you hear the word “shower” is compost. But they go hand-in-hand in this shower door compost bin project. Create the perfect environment for nutrient-rich fertilizer with an old sliding glass shower door and some wood.

 

DIY #4: Urban pallet garden
If you live in an apartment or somewhere else without a yard, you’re probably missing out on the chance to grow your own garden. Not anymore with this urban garden made from pallets! Keep it on your balcony and watch it bloom.

 

DIY #5: Indoor herb garden
Why spend money on seasonings when you can grow them right in your home? This mason jar herb garden is made from a few simple materials like recycled glass jars and scrap wood. It’ll add a little extra green to your kitchen—and your cooking.

Happy Earth Week from ReStore!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org, or find us on Facebook under Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore.

Feeling Green in 2015

Feeling Green in 2015

April 22, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day — a day where people all around the world take steps to support the sustainability and protection of our environment. But while Earth Day is recognized on the 22nd of April, it’s a year-round mentality for your friends at Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore. 

We are extremely thankful to have a day where environmental protection is celebrated worldwide, but we also want to encourage people to think “green” every day of the year. Here are five specific sustainability practices you can put to use on a daily basis:

1. Reduce consumption. 

Reducing your consumption of goods is a great way to practice sustainability, and the easiest way to reduce consumption is to purchase items second-hand. Incorporate shabby chic and eco-friendly design styles into your home by buying gently used goods and repurposing them to match your décor. The ReStore has a wide selection of items that would be perfect for repurposing. Come check it out — you’ll make the environment, and your pocket book, happy. 

2. Reuse salvageable items. 

Planning a remodeling project? Let the ReStore’s deconstruction crew help you salvage the materials in your demolition project so your windows, cabinets and other supplies find a new home. The ReStore’s deconstruction crew has already salvaged building materials from more than 150 homes and businesses. Want to add your home or business to that list? Call 218-284-5253 to schedule your deconstruction project today.

3. Recycle materials. 

Rather than throwing out what you no longer need or want, consider donating your gently used materials to the ReStore. Your second-hand items could help provide a sustainable remodel to someone else’s home. The ReStore has kept 323,905 pounds of material out of local landfills this year already — for a total of 8,160,000 pounds of material since 2006. That’s an average of 2,487 pounds of material kept out of landfills every day! We’d love your help growing that impressive number to an even higher amount.

4. Reach out. 

There are a variety of ways to reach out and help promote the protection of our environment. Our favorite way? Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the ReStore, of course. Check out our website at http://lakeagassizhabitat.org/content/volunteer to see all the different ways you can lend a hand toward a sustainable future.

5. Remind your friends. 

You’ve done your part but want to do more? Remind your friends about all the ReStore has to offer. Whether you encourage them to shop at the store, donate their gently used items or volunteer with Habitat in some capacity, we greatly appreciate your help spreading the word!

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Earth Day every day!

DIY Projects for your Four-Legged Friends

DIY Projects for Your Four-Legged Friends

 

Are you crafty? Would you love to make your home more pet-friendly with a one-of-a-kind DIY piece of furniture? 

Our friends over at dogIDs have some great ideas for you. 

They’ve compiled some of their favorite DIY projects for pets. These projects are a creative and eco-friendly way to show your pet how much you care.

 

Want your small furry friend to have a unique piece of furniture that really sets them apart? Why not follow Ki Nassauer’s lead and turn an end table into a small pet bed?

http://kinassauerstyle.com/2009/05/here-kitty-kitty-cat-bed-junk-project.html

 

Looking for a creative space for your pooch to rest up? Why not turn a pallet into a dog bed, like Claire did over at Camille Styles.

http://camillestyles.com/living/transformed-pallet-turned-dog-bed/

 

Want a piece of furniture that can do double-duty? How about turning a vintage desk into a pet station, like they did over at Addicted 2 Decorating.

http://www.addicted2decorating.com/d-i-y-project-vintage-secretary-desk-turned-pet-station.html

 

Do you and your pet spend time together outside? The DIY Show Off blog got very creative by taking an old dresser drawer and turning it into an outdoor dog bed.

http://diyshowoff.com/2013/05/21/diy-dog-bed/

 

Is your pet the diva of the house? Give them a place of honor with this adorable bed made from a sewing cabinet - designed by Eve of Reduction.

http://eveofreduction.com/upcycle-repurpose-a-sewing-cabinet-into-a-pet-bed/

 

Wondering where to begin? Start at Habitat ReStore of course! 

The ReStore is an awesome place to go when beginning your DIY project as they not only have a wide selection of low priced furniture, but also carry additional home improvement items - like paint, tools, trim, and much more. The creative potential for projects like these are limitless!

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at http://www.lakeagassizhabitat.org, or find us on Facebook under Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore.

 

 

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It was the 60’s in Americus, Georgia when the first inklings of what is now Habitat for Humanity took shape. On a small community farm called Koinonia, a farmer and a biblical scholar practiced the art of sharing goods, seeking to put God’s love into action. The scholar, a man named Clarence Jordan, met a couple named Millard and Linda Fuller who shared a similar mission. Together they developed the idea of “partnership housing.”

The idea was that those in need of adequate housing could work alongside volunteers to create affordable homes. The houses, built at no profit, would be paid for through no-interest loans provided by supporters. Fundraising would be pooled to build even more homes. They called it “The Fund for Humanity.”

Dream became reality when the first concrete-block home was given to a couple, Beau and Emma, and their five kids. They had a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system -- much different from the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.

After taking their mission global to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and then returning to the United States, the Fullers officially launched Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.

The Fullers in Zaire.

Today, over 40 years later, this global organization has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1,000,000 affordable houses. These homes are now sheltering more than 9.8 million people worldwide.

Locally, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) is proud to be a part of this global story that is changing lives.

LAHFH strives to eliminate substandard housing right here in the Fargo/Moorhead community by constructing and rehabilitating homes for low income families. We believe that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety. We believe that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

With the generous support of donors and volunteers, LAHFH has made a lasting and meaningful impact in our community by helping local families realize their dreams of home-ownership. We have served 55 families, by constructing or renovating homes in Cass and Clay Counties.

This Giving Hearts Day, we want to open even more doors for our partner families. To do this, we’ve determined that a donation of just $24 will purchase one doorknob. This is how YOU can help open the door for a local family so they can have a safe affordable place to call home.

On February 9, 2017, your donation will be multiplied by Western State Bank, First Lutheran, Olivet Lutheran and other generous donors. It the best way to show your support, and maximize your gift.

Join Lake Agassiz Habitat, and #givewhereyoulive this Giving Hearts Day, by giving HERE on February 9!