ReStore Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteering at the Habitat Wake ReStore is fun and rewarding!

Mike Farrell Volunteer Spotlight ReStore 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: Who 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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Meet 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: Pasta

Q: 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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Meet Jeannette Keiter who is our current Volunteer Spotlight recipient! Jeannette is one of the amazing volunteers from the Apex ReStore and we are thrilled to have her on our team.

Jeannette works Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and fills in when needed. She is a DIY enthusiast who is great with the customers and is exceptional with any task given to her. If you’ve been to the Apex ReStore you probably have met her as she Welcome’s everyone who enters! Very warm and bubbly, Jeannette is a customer favorite.

Q: What do you like about Volunteering at the ReStore?

A: I love interacting with the local community and seeing the difference that we (Habitat) make. It is very rewarding to get to know members of my community and to hear their stories. I really enjoy sharing the mission of Habitat Wake with customers and letting them know that their support is making a difference, right here in Apex and Wake County. The staff here is so friendly and appreciative of what we (volunteers) do. They make us feel important and I like being part of a team.

Q: Why did you choose Habitat and the ReStore as the place you would donate your time?

A: I live in Apex and have always been a customer to the other ReStores. I love the great products and the mission of Habitat Wake. I’ve always been a DIY person who enjoys to re-use and re-purpose salvaged materials. When I learned that the ReStore was coming to my community, I knew that I would see how I could lend a hand. I’ve been here since they opened in July.

Volunteering here is fun, rewarding and a great opportunity. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about volunteering to come in and see what we are about and give it a try!

Q: What is your favorate food?

A: I love anything with potatoes. You can’t go wrong with a potato dish.

Q: What can you share about you?

A: I am from Ohio and have lived in Apex for seven years. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have two children who are in college. I previously worked in the medical field. In my spare time, I love to travel internationally and spend time outdoors. We enjoy going to the beach, to the local lakes, and camping.

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Volunteer: John Moncado

John Moncado is a volunteer at the Cary ReStore and our January 2015 Spotlight. He is originally from the Chicago area and move to be close to his daughter who lives in Apex. John had previously worked at Home Depot in many departments and learned a lot about customer service, merchandising, helping people, and both construction and home improvement projects.

John has been volunteering on a regular basis at the Cary ReStore since July. He works Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He loves the people, especially the other volunteers who are great. “There is a lot of comradery among the volunteers and staff,” states John and he enjoys meeting customers. John came to the ReStore as a volunteer with hopes of getting involved in the community, meeting people and doing something good. He is hoping to become involved as a construction volunteer this summer with Habitat Wake.

Ellie Stephen, Cary ReStore manager is thrilled to have John on her team. She can always count on his friendly and encouraging personality and he’s very handy.

Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers are his favorite and he does not like the Dallas Cowboys. (I suspect John was pretty thrilled with yesterday’s NFL Second Round Playoff game! 26 – 21 win for the Pakers!)

Favorite Food: I’m Italian so anything Italian is good.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy the outdoors and living in North Carolina has allowed me more time to ride bikes and walk.


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Volunteer: Anthony Ward

Anthony has been volunteering for the Raleigh ReStore for over a year. He came to us for community service and has been coming every week since. He enjoys the people and likes to keep busy. His advise for being a good volunteer is to pay attention, listen and stay focused. When he is not volunteering he works with his uncle delivering furniture.

Anthony has been a valuable addition here at the ReStore and is always willing to lend a hand, go out of  his way to assist customers, and is always positive.

Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Seahawks

Favorite Food: My mother’s smothered pork chops with gravey, mashed potatoes and peas! There is nothing like it.

Hobbies and Interests: I like to play basketball and work out. My best thing to do is spend time with my five year old son, Anthony Jr.

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Meet Michele Phillips who is a new volunteer with Habitat Wake and the ReStore. Michele is spearheading the community outreach for the Apex ReStore Grand Opening. She is doing an amazing job reaching out to local businesses for partnership opportunities. We are so pleased to have Michele on our team and all the great ideas and energy she is bringing to our organization! In a short time she has already developed a robust plan for the Grand Opening which includes entertainment, local food and refreshments, kids activities, games and prizes, and so much more!

Information about Michele: A Raleigh native and full time student at University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Communications Studies with a minor in English. Her professional experience has provided her with a background in marketing, operations, sales, advertising and management.
An advocate of doing something bigger to make a difference in other’s lives  has lead Michele to volunteer with Habitat Wake this summer. She was inspired by an experience this past fall working with the homeless, planting an Edible Garden to sustain the hungry in Greensboro, NC. From this experience, she learned the diverse perspectives of others while establishing life-long relationships that have affected her positively as a person. Working with people and giving back gives her a tremendous satisfaction and enjoys the civic engagement.
One of Michele’s favorite quotes:  “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou R. Bach

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Meet Dudley who has been a Habitat Wake Volunteer for several years.

  • Where are you from and how did you end up in the Triangle? I was born in Nebraska and when I was twelve we moved to Maryland. Eventually I moved to the Triangle area for a better quality of life.
  • How did you hear about the volunteer opportunities at the ReStore? I was a volunteer for Habitat’s Deconstruction services for many years. I injured my shoulder at home and took some time off to heal. I then learned that Habitat Wake was opening a ReStore in Cary. I decided to volunteered at the new Cary location, and now volunteer in the ReStore and with DeCon.
  • What’s your favorite part of volunteering at the ReStore? I love many things about it – the staff, the volunteers, and the customers are great. It is fun seeing all the unique items come in through donations and hearing about the history of these items from the donors.
  • What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering? I feel a deep satisfaction by contributing to such a good cause. I also love how the volunteers are included in the process of running ReStore.

Ellie Stephens – Cary ReStore, Assistant Manager: Dudley is an all-around awesome addition to the Cary team as one of our remarkable volunteers.  He is one of our “go-to volunteers” for special projects.  Recently, he spent a day installing pegboards on the cement wall in the back room of the Cary ReStore. This was a great help so we are now able to organize our tools and makes it easy to find what you want, when you need it.  He has fixed carts, added wheels to the chain link fence at the donation area that allows us to easily and safely maneuver these large guides. We are all thrilled to have him be a part of our team and are very grateful for his service.