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Book Nook Construction Volunteer Needed

Book Nook Construction Volunteer Needed

Tons (literally, tons) of books are donated to the Charleston ReStore every year by wonderful donors like you. Currently, we have every book displayed on inefficient gondola shelving in the “This, That & the Other” department of the ReStore.

In an effort to create more space for home goods (knick knacks, chotskies, dodads), and to better utilize an underutilized area of the ReStore, we want to create a book nook.

Here’s a look at the space we have our eye on for the future book nook.

Book Nook Before

This 6’8″ wide  X  11’4″ deep  X  6’7″ tall area of the ReStore is located in the front section west of the main entrance. The small room has a ceiling, over head light and doors that can be locked or removed.

Book Nook Before

Currently in search of carpenter ants, not book worms.

We need a volunteer that has the vision and ability to turn this boring underutilized space into a cozy and efficient book nook. Can you imagine how cool this book nook could be?

Wow! What a book nook!

We’ve Got What You Need.

We will supply or purchase the materials needed to build shelves and attach them to the walls. We can also help install additional lighting. But most importantly, we will give the crafty volunteer that steps forward full access to the entire ReStore inventory of donations to execute their design plan.

Doesn’t this sound like a fun project for friends or partners?

In addition to a beautiful vision, basic carpentry skills are needed and for this reason volunteers must be 18 or older.

Can you help? Contact Amy at 304-720-0141 x 22

Here is some Pinterest inspiration for you to peruse while you ponder your plans.

 

Enjoy looking at redesigned rooms? Check out this ReStory about entire rooms redone by ReStore customers using treasures they found at the Charleston and Teays Valley ReStores.

Insider Information ***RESTORE***

Insider Information ***RESTORE***

Think you know everything there is to know about the ReStore?

Read on for a little insider information that only ReStore staff and volunteers know.

Insider Information: Purchased Product

Purchasing product to sale is a practice that some ReStores have adopted in an effort to increase funds raised for their Habitat for Humanity. The Internal Revenue Service says that 501 (c)(3) nonprofits can remain exempt from income tax as long as “substantially all” of the items being sold are donated. Legal experts usually interpret this to mean no more than 15% of gross sales should be from purchased product.

At the ReStores of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam (every Habitat is independent and locally operated), only 7% of our sales come from purchased product. We stock small purchased items like toilet rings, caulking and paint brushes to accompany the sale of our donated products, making it easier for our customers to buy what they need to complete a home improvement project.

Every once in a while, we purchase an order of discontinued merchandise from a liquidating company. Did you notice all the BLUE-TAG furniture at the front of the Charleston ReStore? This was a one-time purchase. We mark the items 50% of the retail price. That means the ReStore usually has a 25% markup on the purchased product we sale. Retailers usually have 50-250% and some times more.

Insider Information: Inventory Levels

Because the vast majority of our merchandise is donated by people like you, we never know what will be dropped off from one day to the next. It’s very exciting, but not knowing what’s coming makes it hard to organize a big store. We use a few different techniques to manage inventory levels of our donated product.

If we suddenly have too many doors to fit into our door racks, we run a 25% off door sale. The excitement these departmental promotions create is usually enough to get the category back to a manageable level in a week or two.

We also use our e-newsletter coupons to control inventory levels. One of the best examples of this strategy is our FREE CHAIR coupon. We are fortunate to have hundreds of great business donors that donate thousands of office chairs throughout the year. But sometimes we have chairs coming out of our ears, and that’s when we send our customers that very special coupon.

 Sign up here for our e-newsletter so you can get great coupons too!

Insider Information: Sales Goals

The ReStore has sales goals and we strive to achieve our goals every day. This requires hours of planning, back-breaking work, a positive attitude, and a special kind of resilience that those who works with the public must maintain.

Before we can raise money for Habitat for Humanity, we must cover the expense of owning and maintaining a big facility and all the additional operational expenses that come with running a store (supplies, payroll, equipment, etc).

We work hard to meet our sales goal because at the beginning of every year we make a commitment. We essentially promise Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam that we will generate a certain amount of money to go toward the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes. This is an important commitment that Habitat for Humanity uses to plan the number of houses they can build in the upcoming year.

Each number represents a family.

ReStore Funds Habitat Houses

After a home buyer is chosen by the Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Selection Committee, they enter into a year-long program of sweat equity, homeowner education, and financial training. Along with private donations and mortgage payment from earlier houses, ReStore proceeds make the construction possible.

Building a house is expensive and if we fail to deliver on our committee our partners will suffer.

This year, along with years past, the ReStore is keeping its commitment. Our loyal and generous donors are keeping our shelves full and our shoppers are keeping the cash register ringing.

Thank you!

ReStore Funds Habitat Houses

Earth Day Marks Charleston ReStore’s 16th Anniversary

Earth Day Marks Charleston ReStore’s 16th Anniversary

On Earth Day 2001, the first ReStore opened in West Virginia. Over the past 16 year our ReStore has served thousands of customers, funded the construction of 58 Habitat for Humanity homes, opened a second boutique location in Teays Valley and – with the help of our donors – diverted over 13,000 tons of viable building material and home goods from area landfills.

13,000 TONS = 26,000,000 POUNDS

OR …

Earth Day Coal Train

92 Train Cars Full of Coal

Earth Day School Bus

655 School Buses Full of Children

Earth Day Wind Turbine

80 Wind Turbines

ReStore customers and donors truly understand and support our environmental mission.

Here’s what they have to say about it.

I love finding treasures that can be restored and given new life instead of ending up in a landfill, while at the same time helping build homes for those less fortunate. ~ Ruth Knabb

From an outlet to reuse and repurpose items that would otherwise end up in the landfill to wandering the aisles finding one of a kind treasures.  Thank you for all you do. ~Mike Lewis

Why do I love the restore? That’s a long list. Let’s start with the obvious it’s good for the planet. When you can reuse and reimagine you keep things out of landfills. Profits go for a good cause. Anytime you can help put a family in a home it’s a good thing. It allows me to express my creativity in new and often useful ways. It allows me to do projects and furnish my home in ways I would not be able to afford to do otherwise. I saved the best for last. The staff. They are a fun caring group that put the icing on restore cake. ~ Sherry Smith

I love the Restore because it provides me a great place to donate my household goods so they can benefit another person or family and not end up in a landfill. ~ Judy Hamilton

What I love about the restore is that it encourages artistic expression when you see something that you can repurpose you are being creative, artistic and saving something from the landfill. ~Janie Hamilton

I love that landfills aren’t filling up with slightly used items, and that other folks get use out of these items… sometimes,  new and improved and re-vamped.  ~G. Teeters

I love the Restore because I love making something new and interesting out of something old.  I love seeing all of the generosity of people that give to the store so that it does not end up in a landfill and make the world an uglier place, but it ends up in a home and provides for a family something they need or that beautifies their lives. ~Jill Beaty

I love the ReStore’s resolve – turn someone else’s “trash” into my treasures; keeping items out of landfills. ~Melissa Marshall

 Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at the ReStore by dropping off your donation or by purchasing reused items.

Volunteer Subdivision Captains: Repurpose for a Purpose

Volunteer Subdivision Captains: Repurpose for a Purpose

This volunteer opportunity benefits Habitat for Humanity, your neighbors and your family!

What is Repurpose for a Purpose?

Repurpose for a Purpose Subdivision Donation Drive is a project of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam and the new Teays Valley ReStore. The intention of this project is to organize and maximize additional ReStore donations from Putnam County subdivisions during scheduled donation drive days within specific subdivisions.

The donations from Repurpose for a Purpose – just like all ReStore donations – will generate revenue through ReStore sales that will then go back to furthering the mission of Habitat for Humantiy – building homes, community and hope.

2017 Subdivisions: Volunteer Captains Needed

Beechwood Estates

Bell Acres

Bloomingdale

Brookside Estates

Castlenock Ridge

Cobblestone 

Courtyard Estates

Crystal Springs 

Fox Run 

Friendship Way

Hidden Valley

Hodges Place

Johnson Place – Volunteers Needed Very Soon!

Leslie Place

Litchfield Place

Maplewood Estates

Meadowbrook

Mill Creek

Morefield Place

New London Commons

Oakwood Estates

Radwin Woods

Rosehill Acres  – Volunteers Needed Very Soon!

Saddle Downs – Volunteers Needed Very Soon!

Scott Creek – Volunteers Needed Very Soon!

SouthBrooke 

Sun Valley Estates

Thistlewood Circle

Tyler Valley – Volunteers Needed Very Soon!

Westland Estates

The Woods – Volunteers Needed Very Soon!

Woodstone Estates

Woodclyffe Chase

 

What Do Captains Do?

We ask captains to contact homeowners associations for permission, distribute event information through subdivision contact lists and email, utilize social media and place informational materials.

LEARN MORE HERE.

We Really Appreciate Your Help.

Two Putnam County artists have created one-of-a-kind art as a gift to our subdivisions captains. Volunteers will be able to choose from either a handcrafted necklace by Ricardina Jewelry Designs or a numbered print from JP Owners Art. Volunteer Captains will also receive an invitation to our private Captain’s Party in October.

Will You Volunteer?

SIGN UP HERE.

Questions? Contact ReStore Director, Amy McLaughlin.

amy@hfhkp.org  |  304.720.0141 x 22

 

 

And the winner is….

Birds Blooms and Butterflies

 From the 500 community members that visited the Teays Valley ReStore last week to cast a ballot for their favorite tablescape, Birds Blooms and Butterfies by Design received the most votes.

Birds Blooms & Butterflies by Design owners Rob and Liz O’Quinn have a passion for preserving and creating native habitat for wildlife and it shows in their very unique boutique located at 3475 Teays Valley Road. Their creativity and attention to detail was evident in their winning tablescape too!

To the Winner Goes the Spoils

In addition to bragging rights, the champion received two tickets to A Taste of Rocco’s in Charleston (Habitat for Humanity’s popular annual fundraiser), a dozen cookies from Teays Valley’s own Sugar Momma Sweets and a $100 ReStore Gift Certificate.

2017 TableScape Participants

Everyone that visited the inaugural TableScape Championship at the Teays Valley ReStore was impressed by the beautiful displays created by all four of this year’s participants.

Rock Paper Sisters

Rock Paper Sisters | rockpapersis.com

 


Sweetly Salvaged

Sweetly Salvaged | Facebook@sweetlysalvagedwv

 


MarisaMade

MarisaMade | MarisaMade.com

 


All tablescape contents are on sale now at the Teays Valley ReStore!

Didn’t make it to the Teays Valley ReStore for the TableScape Championship? Click here to see our video.

Get Ready for 2018

We are accepting early nominations for next year’s TableScape Championship. Email Amy @hfhkp.org to nominate your small business or a creative Putnam County business that you admire. A committee of Habitat for Humanity volunteers will review the nominations in November and announce the entrepreneurs selected to participate in 2018.

Stay up-to-date with ReStore happenings. Sign up for our e-news.

Our Favorite Furniture ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

Our Favorite Furniture ReDesigns by ReStore Customers

We are so impressed by our creative customers! Here are just a few of the fantastic furniture redesigns done by Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam ReStore shoppers.

Reba McGhee used an old headboard and footboard to create this primitive style bench.

A little paint and some new hardware was all Melody Milam Cook needed.

Marie McCauley installed a sink into a beautiful old dresser to create this vanity.

That’s not just an end table Kara Nabors created, it’s her dog’s bed.

Kim McLaughlin said a grey metal file cabinet would NOT do. So, she created this beauty!

Debbie Abdalla united two chairs to create a fiery bench.

Love chair redesigns? You’ll probably like this ReStorie too.

We can tell that Amanda Fields likes color and pattern!

Katie Cole turned an old entertainment stand into a kitchen for her kiddos.

Love redesigns for children? You’ll love this ReStorie too.

Sherri Jackson's Furniture ReDesign

Sherri Jackson turned a boring old horizontal desk into a vertical showpiece.

For more redesign inspiration, check out the Furniture Board on our Pinterest Page.

Why Give to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Why Give to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Recently, one of our favorite donors – Mark Madore of Family First Realty in Teays Valley – wrote an article about the ReStore for the Real Estate Guide. Here’s why Mark donates to the ReStore and why he believes others, especially those trying to sell their house, should give too.

My wife and I just sold our home and built a new one. Over the past year we have worked diligently to prepare our old house for sale so to ensure we could sell quickly and receive a fair price. In addition to fresh paint we thinned out our possession to make the house look spacious and welcoming. We closely looked at what we owned and decided what would and would not work in our new home.

Like many of you, our possessions (stuff) had both personal and monetary value to us. Knowing we could not use everything in our new home we wanted to ensure our precious items were put to good use. That is where Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore in Teays Valley came in. Here are the benefits to you for donating your unneeded, although good, household items and furniture to the ReStore:

  • Your home will show better once you de-clutter, including closets, basements and storage areas.
  • Your home will sell faster for more money.
  • Your move will be quicker, less expensive and smoother.
  • Your move into your new house will be less stressful.
  • You will bless others who can buy your items at an affordable price.
  • Your precious items get a second life with a new family.
  • You will help the building of Habitat for Humanity homes for other families.
  • You may be able to reduce your income tax because of the charitable giving write off.
  • This is a win for you and a win for the other families you are able to bless.

You can drop off your smaller household items to the Teays Valley Restore located at 3554 Teays Valley Road or the Charleston ReStore located at 301 Piedmont Road. For larger furniture items you can schedule a free pickup by calling 304-720-8733.

A Homecoming: Habitat for Humanity Returns to Putnam County

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was started by volunteers from Teays Valley Presbyterian Church in 1988 with a mission to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat’s office was located in Teays Valley until 1993, when it moved to Kanawha County.

Coming Home to Putnam County

To re-establish a strong presence in Putnam County, Habitat opened a second ReStore in Teays Valley on November 1, 2016. The ReStore is a program of Habitat for Humanity that enables house building by raising funds from the sale of donated new, used and surplus furniture, home goods and building materials. Donations come from individuals, businesses and organizations.

mel-and-andrew

Teays Valley ReStore Manager, Melanie James and her son, Andrew.

 

Enabling Home Construction

To date Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam has built 165 homes. 55 have been funded by proceeds from the Charleston ReStore. All proceeds from the new ReStore will also fund Habitat’s mission. Additionally, the Teays Valley ReStore will serve as an outpost for future Habitat homebuyers to gather information and perform sweat equity.

Your Good Stuff for a Great Cause

Donations of building materials, home goods and furniture will be accepted at the new ReStore, but all building materials will be transported to the Charleston ReStore for resale. The much smaller Teays Valley Restore will sell only the top performing departments: furniture and home goods. The new concept will appeal to treasure hunters and decorators.

Homecoming Ribbon Cutting

Executive Director, Shawn Means cuts the Teays Valley ReStore ribbon.

Homecoming

The Teays Valley ReStore is located at 3554 Teays Valley Road in the Mid-Valley Square Shopping Plaza. Donors may bring items they wish to donate during regular business hours of Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to the rear of the store. Because all donations must be inspected by ReStore personnel before acceptance, we ask that donations not be left after hours.

ReStore will also pick up donations of furniture, home goods and building materials in Kanawha and Putnam Counties that are too large to fit in a standard car. Donors should call 304-720-8733 to schedule a pickup. Donations are tax-deductible.

Donating to the ReStore: Think Outside the Box

Every day dozens of individuals donate their old furniture and surplus building materials to the ReStore. Some do it to de-clutter. Others do it for the tax-deduction. Most donate to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

But every once in a while, we meet a really clever donor that thinks outside the box and finds ways to amplify their support by encouraging donations from other aspects of their life, not just their home.

Outside the Box Donations

  • Do you work in an office? Businesses often replace office furniture and filing systems. At the ReStore, we love donations of old file cabinets, desks, white boards, shelving systems, desk organizers, office supplies, notebooks and chairs.
  • Are you helping a family member down-size? We are always thankful for donations of books, tools, decorations, leftover latex paint and other home items. 
  • Do you work in retail? Let us help make more space in your stockroom! We will gladly pickup old store fixtures, mannequins and discontinued inventory.
  • Do you have a loved one in an assisted living facility? We often receive donations of surplus walkers and scooters.
  • Do you work in a medical office? We are always very grateful when medical offices donate examination tables, chairs, lamps and office furnishings.
  • Are you an active member of your church congregation? Perhaps your church recently replaced a few things and needs to get rid of old pews, furniture, lecterns, holiday decorations, food service equipment and dishes. Where better to donate them than to Habitat for Humanity?
  • Are you involved in your kid’s sports team, or perhaps you know an active exercise enthusiast that always has to have the latest trends in equipment? Donating old bikes, sporting equipment and exercise machines to the ReStore is always a win!
  •  The ReStore wouldn’t be nearly as fun to shop without donations for our local artisans and crafters. We often receive craft supplies, old paintings, pottery equipment, and bolts of fabric.
  • Do you work in a manufacturing plant? Some of our most loyal donors regularly provide us with by-products of their work. Good reuse materials that can be resold. This is why we always have a great supply of packing peanuts (accumulated by manufacturers that receive large and regular shipments).

Donating to the ReStore is easy and rewarding!

Call 304-720-8733 to schedule a donation pickup in Kanawha and Putnam Counties.

Donations can also be dropped off: Charleston ReStore Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Teays Valley ReStore Tuesday -Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is a 501(c)3 and all donations to the ReStore are tax-deductible. Proceeds from the ReStore fund the construction of homes in our area.

 

Community Connections by TGKVF

Community Connections

Community Connections is a monthly production of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Jane Powell, Marketing Director of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, hosts the informative and thought-provoking program. Amy McLaughlin, ReStore Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was her guest for the December 2015 episode.

During the 15 minute show, Amy discusses the way ReStore fits into Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s mission. She also talks about a few ReStore environmental initiatives including the remixed latex paint program and the rain garden. Jane ends the interview by inquiring about the expansion of Habitat for Humanity’s Master Homeowner Program and future plans for ReStore growth.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

The Mission of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is to make thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive. These forms of wealth include the individual, intellectual, social, political, natural, built, and financial assets within our community. The Foundation exists to help individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits improve the lives within the community now and for generations to come by creating charitable funds each with their own philanthropic purpose and providing grants to nonprofits that meet the needs of the community.

 

 

 

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