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Habitat Wake and ReStore Closed on July 4th

american flag home Habitat Wake and ReStore Closed on July 4thAll Habitat Wake offices and ReStores will be closed on Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day!

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.

Meet Mike, our Volunteer Spotlight

Mike Farrell Volunteer Spotlight Meet Mike, our Volunteer Spotlight

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.

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We are Hiring!

Wake ReStores are Hiring Header We are Hiring!As we continue to grow, we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and want to join a great team!

We are opening a new ReStore in Wake Forest and are expanding our Procurement Department to accommodate this growth.

We are hiring a part-time driver. If you are interested, send resume and cover letter to Natalie.Chesson@habitatwake.org. Job Description, click HERE.

Full-Time Deconstruction Associate. If interested, send resume and cover letter to Jillian.Cain@habitatwake.org. Job Description, Click HERE.

Part-Time Scheduling Assistant position. If interested, send resume and cover letter to Natalie.Chesson@habitatwake.org. Job Description, click HERE.

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.org   Job Description, click HERE.

For additional job postings within Habitat Wake, click HERE.

Team Apex Build Day!

Apex ReStore Build Team Team Apex Build Day!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!

Volunteer Today vs button Team Apex Build Day!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.

The Idea of ReUse

Thift is in. Recycle, reuse, repurpose, and reclaim are the new “buzz” words. Years past, it was considered “scandalous” to purchasing something used or worn. With the growth of sustainability and being “green,” thrifty has taken on a whole new meaning.

Reuse the snack bag please 300x249 The Idea of ReUseRemember when you would have been considered “eccentric” or even “bizarre” to reuse your sandwich bag for an entire week, and now you are now labeled as “resourceful” or “imaginative!”

The ReStore is the Place to Experience Thrift!

Wake ReStores accept gently used materials such as home goods, furniture, building material, light fixtures, doors, windows, and mattresses. We then resell these items to the public at drastically reduced prices. The advantage of the ReStore is monumental. First, last year the ReStores diverted over 4,200 tons of materials that would have likely gone into local landfills. Second, we encourage creativity through the repurpose, reuse and recycling of materials. Lastly, proceeds from the ReStore support the mission of Habitat Wake to build safe, affordable homes in partnership with hardworking, low-income families. Last year, the ReStore funded the building of 10 homes in Wake County.

Wake ReStore’s Sell Mattresses and Box Springs

The Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina ReStore’s sell mattresses and box springs for all bed sizes. You can purchase reconditioned bedding at great prices. This concept, which once would have been considered “shocking” is safe, environmentally friendly and approved by the NCWake ReStore Mattresses 300x224 The Idea of ReUse Department of Health and Human Services. Think back to the sandwich bag. Reuse with a purpose.

We accept gently worn mattresses and box springs that meet our stringent standards – items must be in good condition, have no tears, rips, stains, or structural defects. Bedding that is accepted is then delivered to a local vendor who reconditions the mattresses and box springs through a process of dry heat sanitation.

What is Dry Heat Sanitizing?

Dry heat sanitation process heats mattresses and upholstered furniture to a temperature of 230 degrees.  This is a chemical free process that kills bed bugs, dust mites, blood borne pathogens and other living micro-organisms. Thought to be invented by the Romans, dry heat is one of the oldest sanitation methods in use. Dry heat sanitation is a process in which materials are subjected to high temperatures for a certain period of time.  Heat is absorbed into the exterior layer and each subsequent layer until it reaches the core.  As the item is heated to the appropriate temperature, all micro-organisms will be destroyed by oxidation. Mattresses are then inspected by hand for quality assurance purposes and receive a certification from NC State of Health and Human Services. All bedding is completely sealed in 3 mil mattress bags avoiding cross-contamination or re-soiling.

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Pricing subject to change without notice.




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