The weather outside is humid, and the weather inside is cool! What a better way to spend your day than shop for Christmas Cheer in Fuquay! The Fuquay-Varina ReStore has a large variety of Christmas items, wreathes, home decor, and trees. Stop in and share your Christmas spirit and plan your holiday party!
May you all celebrate this 4th with friends, family, and those close to you!
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a U.S. federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Declaration was the declaring of our independence from Great Britain.
Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal employees. Today, communities across the nation mark this major midsummer holiday with parades, firework displays, picnics and performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and marches by John Philip Sousa.
Mike is our Volunteer of the moment! We have so many great volunteers who not only help in the ReStores, but work in Construction, Deconstruction, A Brush with Kindness, and Office support. Volunteers are the cornerstone of our mission – to build homes, communities and hope. Every volunteer helps make a difference in our community and without them, we would not have been able to build 500 homes in Wake County!
Volunteer: Mike Farrell
Q: How long have you been volunteering with Habitat Wake and what brought you to us?
A: I started volunteering in the Cary ReStore when they opened in 2011. I’ve been consistently working there and in May of this year, started volunteering here in the Apex ReStore. I’ve volunteered with Habitat previously at Habitat of Broome County. I volunteered in construction and deconstruction but really perfer the ReStore.
When we moved to Cary from VT, I learned that the Cary ReStore was relatively close by and just showed up to see what I could do. I enjoy volunteering because it gives me a sense of making a difference. “I’ve contributed to the good of others and this is very gratifying!”
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A: I like to putter, keep busy, and work with my hands. Volunteering in the ReStore gives me the opportunity to do all the things I like. I really like the people I work with (staff and volunteers) and the customers are so appreciative when you help them.
My wife and I originally retired to Rutland VT however, after a few winters, realized the weather wasn’t for us. We moved to Cary so that we could be closer to our children who live in Cary and Charlotte. We certainly appreciate the weather too!
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I enjoy doing yard work, gardening, and cooking. Planting and doing landscape in the yard is therapeutic and rewarding. I like home cooking – nothing fancy, but real food!
Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: I love a boiled dinner – corn beef and cabbage. You can also never go wrong with a hamburger.
We are opening a new ReStore in Wake Forest and are expanding our Procurement Department to accommodate this growth.
We are also looking for two, part-time Associates to work in the Wake ReStore! Interviews will begin the week of June 29th. Please submit your resume to the Store Manager, Carissa Cameron at carissa.cameron@habitatwake.
For additional job postings within Habitat Wake, click HERE.
Today, the Apex ReStore team (staff, volunteers & customers) have put away their ReStore aprons and day jobs to swing a hammer! The team will have the opportunity to be volunteers on a construction site in Apex. Habitat Wake is currently building fives homes in Apex and have to date, completed 25.
Building homes, communities and hope!
Volunteering with Habitat Wake on the construction site can be an amazing experience. You will meet some great people, learn a new skill, enjoy working outdoors, and have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference. In many instances, you will be working together with the partner family who will be purchasing the Habitat home. The gratification of using your hands to build a home that will be the begining of a new life for a family who has been living in house poverty – this is powerful!
Volunteer with Us!
If you have considered volunteering or maybe wondered how to get involved – now is the time. The weather is great and so is the need. We NEED VOLUNTEERS! Gather up your friends, family and co-workers and make a plan to come out to one of our construction sites and get involved. It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s a great way to connect to your community.
Maybe you and your team will become a blog post about the gratification of volunteering with Habitat Wake.