Habitat Happenings

Coming to Wake Forest!

Coming to Wake Forest header Coming to Wake Forest!

Habitat Wake continues to Grow! We are thrilled to announce the opening of our fifth ReStore in Wake Forest, NC.  This is a special community to us. Thirty years ago, Habitat Wake was founded in Wake Forest and we have since built 34 homes and completed numerous “A Brush With Kindness” exterior repair projects. Our success has been achieved through collaborative partnerships with many congregations, businesses and volunteers.

Grand Opening is Saturday, August 1st!

We are opening the doors this summer!  Join us on Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the Grand Opening of the Wake Forest ReStore. The thrift store with a mission – Great stuff, at a great price, for a great cause.

The New Wake Forest ReStore Location: 12253 Capital Blvd, Wake Forest, NC 27587

If you are interested in volunteering at the Wake Forest ReStore and would like to learn about opportunities, please contact Adrienne Brooks at adrienne.brooks@habitatwake.org.




Wake ReStores Closed on 4/28

Staff Build Day header Wake ReStores Closed on 4/28We believe in making a difference every day! Working at Habitat Wake is a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that enhances the community and the lives of others. Part of that is being able to participate on the building of homes. On Tuesday, April 28th the entire Habitat Wake staff will participate in Staff Build Day. All offices and ReStores will be closed on this day so that the entire staff has the opportunity to share in the fun.

All Wake ReStore locations will be Closed on Tuesday, April 28, 2015!

The Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and Fuquay-Varina ReStores will be closed on April 28th so that the entire Habitat Wake Staff can participate in Staff Build Day! The stores will reopen for regular buisness on Wednesday.


Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day header Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

The celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd began in 1970, and has grown into a global event that is recognized around the world. Dedicating this day for the earth is a way to demonstrate how much we care about the future of our planet. No matter what you like to do best, there’s a way to get involved in Earth Day. You could plant a tree, make a meal with locally-grown vegetables, educate friends or family members, clean up trash in your community or neighborhood — the possibilities are endless. Remember, you don’t have to wait for Earth Day to show your love for the planet we call home.

Donate your unwanted goods to the ReStore! You’ve been thinking about decluttering and updating your space. Now is a great time to make it happen. Drop off your usable, gently worn items such as furniture, appliances and other home goods at any of our four ReStores in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Fuquay-Varina. If your items are too large, contact us to schedule FREE Pick Up service. You can click HERE to fill out the online form or call: 919-744-2420 to make convenient arrangements. We can only pick up in Wake County and please click HERE for our criteria list on acceptable items. Know that your materials will find reuse with a purpose.

  • Last year, Habitat Wake ReStores diverted over 4,200 tons of materials from being dumped in local landfills.
  • The ReStores encourages all of us to be good stewards of our environment by consider donating instead of dumping, and shopping for salvaged and repurposed materials that are economically friendly and sustainable.

Remember that Every Day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year; learn about how you can make a difference to environmental protection all the time. It’s going to take a lot of work to heal our planet. Leading by example will help others remember that the earth is important every day of the year.

Organize a Community Wide Donation Drive. Get together with your neighbors and community and organize a large donation drive that will help support the Wake ReStores. Everyone has something that they don’t need any longer and what a better way to celebrate Earth Day than to recycle and repurpose with a purpose. We will help you with the necessary materials and schedule an all day event that is convenient. Click HERE for information on organizing a community wide donation drive for the Wake ReStores.

Commit to protecting local wildlife places. Whether you live near an ocean, river, forest, mountain, swamp or lake, wild areas need protection. They are home to many plants and animals who rely on them for food and shelter.

Donate your Unwanted Vehicle to Habitat for Humanity. Yes, Habitat for Humanity will gladly accept your unwanted vehicle, RV, boat or motorcycle and provide you with a tax deductible receipt! Your donation will go a long way to help support Habitat world wide. In addition, recycling your vehicle saves energy and natural resources. Click HERE for more information on how to donate your vehicle.

Clean up Litter in your Community. Many groups organize events in honor of Earth Day to clear roadways, highways and neighborhood streets of litter that has accumulated. Many companies donate gloves and bags for groups that participate in clean up events. Once the group has collected the trash and placed the recycled bags along the road, get the local public works department to retrieve the bags up. It’s a wonderful community project that you can do as an individual or with a group. Plus, its a great way to beautify your community!

Click HERE for activities to share with children!

Make the best of Earth Day and every day by being considerate to our environment.


Retail Therapy

Pre-owned Treasure Hunting is Retail Therapy!

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I have a friend who dated a guy back in the days of big hair, leg warmers, and “Wham” (If you don’t remember Wham, then ask your mother) Although he had plenty of money, he’d turn food storage bags inside out and reuse them. He’d buy scratch n’ dent or used appliances, furniture, and kitchen and bath cabinets, sinks, etc., and he shopped at salvage stores. She thought he was cheap.

Well “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go“! Mr. Cheapskate was 25 years ahead of his time, and my friend was an (admittedly) chronic and wasteful discarder. She eventually discarded the boyfriend and embraced “frugality.”

Buying gently used or salvaged goods is useful and good—good for the buyer and good for the environment. Today, my friend is a recovering discard-aholic and enjoys regular visits to Habitat Wake’s ReStores for preowned treasures and retail therapy. Why pay full price, when you can purchase something at a great discount that supports a great cause? You feel good, you’re supporting the  mission of Habitat Wake, and you can brag to your friends on what a great deal you got (everyone loves a good deal!)

Shop Raleigh, Cary, Apex & Fuquay-Varina ReStores

With all the spring cleaning and garage sale items Wake County residents are encouraged to donate their unwanted materials to one of our four Habitat ReStores. Plus, as a thrifty buyer, now’s an ideal time to stop in for pre-owned treasures and retail therapy of your own. Replace that wobbling ceiling fan for around $20 or pick up new (yes, new) carpets and rugs for as little as $30 to $60 to freshen up your living area. And don’t forget your home’s outdoor space. We have plenty of tile and lumber in the Raleigh store so that you can update the deck you’ve been talking about. You can find furniture in all ReStore locations. Stop in often. Popular items can sell out fast.

Volunteer Spotlight for April

Volunteers are the cornerstone of our mission and our success! In short, We Love our Volunteers! Throughout Habitat, we rely on volunteers to help us build homes, communities and hope. Volunteers come with the intent to help others willingly and without pay. We are grateful for all they offer. Many volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and are eager to share or learn. Would you like to Volunteer with us?

This month, the ReStore recognizes Nancy Adams who is a dedicated volunteer in our Fuquay-Varina ReStore. It is our privelidge to have Nancy volunteer with us and share her talents and enthusiasm! 
Nancy Adams  Volunteer Spotlight 300x300 Volunteer Spotlight for AprilMeet Nancy Adams who is one of our amazing ReStore Volunteers. Nancy moved to North Carolina from New Hampshire 4 years ago. She is retired, has 3 children, 6 grandchildren and is expecting her first great grandchild. Nancy previously worked in the leather tanning industry, as well as at a side scan sonar company.Nancy has faithfully volunteered every Tuesday in  our Fuquay-Varina ReStore since our Grand Opening on October 25, 2014! Staff and customers love her and she is a joy to be around.
Q: What do you like about Volunteering at the ReStore?A: I like being able to help out where required. I like being able to stay busy in my retirement.Q: Why did you choose Habitat and the ReStore as the place you would donate your time?A: My dad always volunteered in the construction phase. When the Fuquay-Varina ReStore opened, I wanted to help out also.Q: What is your favorate food?A: PastaQ: What can you share about yourself?

A: I am retired, I like to do small wood projects, knit, crochet and sew. I enjoy being close to 2 of my grandchildren.

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