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Food Drive at the Wake ReStores

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Making a Difference that Improves Lives

The mission of Habitat Wake is to build safe, affordable housing in partnership with hardworking, low-income families. The need for affordable housing is a major concern across the country and throughout the world.  The statistics are staggering:

  • In North Carolina 44% of renter households have housing problems (Having to pay more than 30% of income towards housing, having inadequate kitchen or plumbing facilities, or having an overcrowding living situation.)
  • More than 88,000 Wake county residents live in poverty.
  • At minimum wage, a worker in Wake County would have to work 2.3 full-time jobs to afford the average rent.

Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues in our community.  Habitat Wake’s response is to provide opportunities of homeownership to hardworking, low-income families. Habitat Wake will build 42 new homes or rehabs and complete 45 exterior repair projects throught A Brush With Kindness and provide funding  for 50 new homes in Honduras and other countries. We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live.

Housing however, is not the only issue that many of our residents face. Food insecurity or hunger is a situation of limited or uncertain availability of adequate and safe foods for a family or individual. No child or family should go hungry. Unfortunately, the facts are daughting:

  • In North Carolina, 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger. NC has one of the hightest rates of hunger in the US.
  • 36% of food pantries in NC have had to turn people away for lack of available food to give them.
  • 81% of NC households receiving food assistance do not know where their next meal will come from.
  • 75% of NC households served by food banks have had to choose between buying food and heating their living space.
  • 61% of NC households served by food banks have been forced to choose between paying for food or paying for housing.
  • Applications for Wake County Food and Nutrition Services continue to increase each year, and has doubled since 2007

Donate non-perishable Food items at Wake ReStores

Let’s help make this holiday season a little bit brighter for those in need. From now until December 19th, you can drop off non-perishable food items at our ReStores in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Fuquay Varina. We will distribute to a local food bank (local to the individual store location within Wake County) and hopefully make a difference to others during this holiday season.

Donation bins will be located at the front of each of the ReStores.  We will keep you updated on the donations with a wrap up of results after the holiday.

Additional ways to Help Stop Hunger in Your Community

  • Get Your Community Involved.  Organize a food drive with your church, neighborhood or partner with a local community organization and host a food drive of your own.
  • Host a Virtual Food Drive.  Plan a virtual food drive with measurable goals online using the Feeding America Personal Fundraiser tool and promote participation in your community.
  • Volunteer at Your Local Food Bank.  A great way to help end hunger is by donating your time to your local food bank.  It could involve organizing food at the food bank or even serving up meals at the local soup kitchen.
  • Give a Gift Basket Filled with Food to a Family in Need.  Deliver a basket of food and other goodies to a family in need.  Consider including pasta, rice, canned vegetables and fruits, soups and brownie mixes that are easy to prepare.


DIY Party Platter

This is a very unique “party platter” that was created by a ReStore customer and craft enthusiast! Some creativity, great imagination and the results are pretty impressive!

Stop by one of our ReStores in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Fuquay Varina and see what you can craft. Get Your Craft on at the ReStore!
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Using the Epoxy, stack your elements to create height with interesting elements.

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When all elements are added – you now have a great conversation piece. Great for entertaining and parties! Certainly nobody will have anything quite so unique!

Veteran’s Day!

Veterans Day SQUARE web Veterans Day!On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War. Known as “the Great War, ” this was commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year. November 11th became a legal, federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day. This day is dedicated to honor all American veterans of all wars. These hero’s,  living or dead, who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American servicemembers who died in service to their country during battle.

In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veteran’s Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Parades and other celebrations are held in towns, cities, and states around the country.

Say, “Thank You!”

If you know a Veteran or their family – take a moment and thank them for their service! Here are some ways businesses across the country are honoring our hero’s:

• Get a free haircut. Veterans who visit Great Clips shops on Nov. 11, can either receive a free haircut — or a card for a free haircut to redeem by Dec. 31.

• Eat a free meal. At Hooters, the freebie meal on Veterans Day can be worth up to $10.99, with any drink purchase. Applebee’s, Chili’s and California Pizza Kitchen all offer free meals from a special menu to vets and active military.

• Eat a free buffet. Golden Corral is serving free dinner buffets (with beverages) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at all restaurants, to anyone who is serving or who has served in the military. That same date, Bonanza Steakhouses also will offer free buffets for vets and active military.

• Down a free burger. Shoney’s offers its signature All-American Burger, free, to vets or active duty military all day on Veterans Day. Or, you can head to Red Robin and get a Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries, on the house. Max & Erma’s offers a free cheeseburger combo and dessert to vets and active military.

• Drink a free coffee. Starbucks is offering a free, tall brewed coffee on Tuesday to all U.S. military veterans and active duty servicemembers — and their spouses.

• Scarf down free pancakes. IHOP offers vets and active military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Bob Evans also has all-you-can-eat hotcakes on Veterans Day for veterans and active military.

• Lick a free cone. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt shops are giving away free single-scoop ice cream cones to all veterans and military personnel on Tuesday.

• Work-out for free. 24-Hour Fitness offers free use of the health club to vets and active military through Tuesday.

• Enjoy a free appetizer. Red Lobster, through Thursday, is offering free appetizers to veterans and active duty military.

• Sip a free beer. Restaurants owned by CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries (including Gordon Biersch Brewery, Rock Bottom, Old Chicago Pizza and ChopHouse & Brewery) offer a free craft beer to active and retired military Tuesday.

• Down a free doughnut — and coffee. Krispy Kreme will give a free doughnut and small coffee to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military on Veterans Day.

• Get free game tokens. Chuck E. Cheese will give 20 free tokens to U.S. military vets and active-duty military through Saturday.

• Get your junk hauled, free. For disabled veterans, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling locations, will offer free junk removal to disabled vets who book on Veterans Day.

There are countless celebrations and events throughout the Triangle on this Veteran’s Day – for a list of activities, click HERE.

What Can You Create with This?

You never know what you will find at the Wake ReStores however, you will always find unique items at bargain prices. We recently received a shipment of old, terracotta roofing tiles and they are out of the ordinary. These are one of those items that are so unique, that we just don’t know what to do with them. So – we are reaching out to our crafters, DIY enthusiasts, and repurpose designers to come up with a cleaver use for these tiles.

What can you create with this item?

We came up with a few ideas but would love to see what you can do with these tiles. The tiles are made of terracotta, with a green glaze on the front side (I think its the front?). They are 16 inches long, 9.25 inches in width and the depth is 2.5 inches at the greatest point. They have numerous crevices/grooves and odd angles… but strange or unique enough to be repurposed into something amazing!!!

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You can find these at the Apex ReStore for $8.00 each.

Swing by the Apex thrift shop and help us come up with some clever solutions for these cool tiles! Purchase one for $8.00 and send us pictures of your crafty re-use! Send the picture/s, a brief description of what it is, what you used and how you accomplished it, and your name (if you are OK with us posting it).

Send to: BeforeAndAfter@habitatwake.org

Sustainable Saturday’s at the Wake ReStores

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Donate to the Wake ReStores – Make a Difference, and Earn some PIPs!

On the second Saturday of every month, Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) will reward shoppers for donating their lightly-used furniture to participating Habitat for Humanity ReStores®. Earn 500 Positive Impact Points, or PIPs with your donation. This program is part of the #SustainableSaturdays education and engagement program to encourage all of us to be better stewards of our environment.

PIPs are a unique new social impact point program, similar to a frequent flyer program, but incorporates environmental advantage/s. Upon making a donation to the ReStore on the #SustainableSaturdays, shoppers will receive a “Thank You” card that contains a unique PIP certificate code. This code can be used to activate the PIPs they earned on the PIPs web app,  for rewards. The PIPs redemption catalog is full of positive impact products and services, such as cool fitness tracking apps, healthy and responsibly made products. In addition, you can donate your PIPs to a great causes or micro-invest your PIPs.

Join us on Saturday November 8th for #SustainableSaturdays

Stop by any of our Wake ReStore locations – Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Fuquay ReStores and donate your unwanted, gently-use furniture on any of the #SustainableSaturdays events and help support the mission of Habitat Wake and be a good steward of the environment. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 10 million tons of furniture will clog the nation’s landfills this year. Much of these items are in good condition and have some valuable “use” left in them. Our goal is to make people think about what they are tossing and and to keep tons of furniture and household goods out of our landfills.

Last year, Habitat Wake ReStores salvaged more than 4,400 tons of materials that were then resold to the public. These donated and salvaged materials provide repurpose to the new owners plus, proceeds from the Wake ReStores support the mission of Habitat Wake to build safe, affordable homes in partnership with hardworking, low-income Wake County families.

More About PIPs (Positive Impact Points)

PIPs is a trademarked brand of 3P Partners, Inc, a benefit corporation in the state of New York. PIPs is a positive impact currency that leverages the power of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to incentivize better daily life behaviors. PIPsrewards.com works like a tracking app to verify and reward PIPs exclusively for actions with positive social benefit. The fun, social platform enhanced with game features and a high quality redemption catalog motivates users to earn more PIPs and fosters collaborate giving to worthy causes.

Future #SustainableSaturdays Dates at the Wake ReStores

  • Saturday – December, 13  2014
  • Saturday – January, 10, 2015
  • Saturday – February 14, 2015
  • Saturday – March 14, 2015
  • Saturday – April 11, 2015

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