30 years of ReStore volunteers

December 22, 2021

lauren and dave

As a part of the celebration of 30 years of ReStores, we’ve taken a look back at those who helped us get here: our volunteers!  

From the opening of the Habitat Bargain Center in 1991 to the launch of today’s Raleigh ReStore in 2007, a handful of volunteers per month could be found in the store. Today, the 10 Triangle ReStores host hundreds of volunteers per month, racking up over 40,000 volunteer hours each year!  

Who are the ReStore Volunteers? 

ReStore volunteers are people from right here in our community: Habitat Homebuyers, retirees, church or corporate sponsor groups, alumni groups, those completing community service hours and others who donate their time to helping further Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.   

Our Core Volunteers are those who donate their time and hard work each week. Two of our Core Volunteers, Cathy and Liz, were on the founding board to create the Habitat Hand Me Ups store in Durham in 1995, which transitioned into the Durham ReStore you know today in 2009—talk about dedication!  

What keeps volunteers coming back year after year? According to them, there’s more than one reason. Across the board, our volunteers mentioned the desire to support the mission, the inclusive and collaborative environment and the ability to work on a flexible schedule. The ReStore is a fast-paced environment where there is always something to do, and the work being done directly benefits our community.  

Thank you to the Core Volunteers, the ones that come in once, twice, three times or more every week. The Triangle ReStores are powered by volunteers, and with your help, we have had 30 successful years, with many more on the horizon!  

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A very special thank you to our Core Volunteers listed below. We are thankful for you now and always.  

**indicates volunteers who have worked at two stores 

Apex (opened 2014):  

Tom – seven years  

Phillip – five years  

Graves – three years**  

Mic – two years  

Tammy – two years 

Wes – started in 2021 

Nathan – started in 2021 

Tyler – started in 2021 

Brier Creek (2019): 

Carolyn – five years** 

Manjula – five years** 

John – three years** 

Adele – two years  

Indira – two years**  

David – two years  

Paul – two years  

Sally – two years  

Richard – one year  

Cary (2011):  

Donna – 10 years  

Joyce – 10 years** 

Ron – six years 

James – four years  

Jennifer – started in 2021 

Juan – started in 2021 

Clayton (2018):  

Frank – three years  

Takoda – started in 2021 

Della – started in 2021 

Durham (1995, 2009):  

Cathy – 26 years 

Liz – 26 years 

Franklin – 22 years  

Shelley – 22 years  

Kathy – 12 years 

Joan – 12 years 

John B.– nine years  

Renie – eight years  

Jack – two years  

Indira – two years** 

Peter – started in 2021 

Fuquay-Varina (2014):  

Arleen – seven years  

Kay – seven years 

Vic – seven years 

Becky – five years  

Ed – five years  

Chris – started in 2021 

Melissa – started in 2021 

Santiago – started in 2021 

Tim – started in 2021 

Glenwood Avenue (2016):  

Mark – five years  

Dan – five years 

Dolores – five years  

Joyce – 10 years** 

Megan – five years  

Carolyn – four years** 

Greg – four years  

Mason – two years  

Ann – one year 

Amanda – started in 2021 

Lisa – started in 2021 

OB – started in 2021 

Tina – started in 2021 

Hillsborough (2020):  

Kathe – six years** 

Ginger – started in 2021 

John D. – started in 2021 

Raleigh (1991, 2007):  

Jay F. – started in 2021 

Roscoe – started in 2021 

Tyrone – started in 2021 

Wake Forest (2015): 

Jay P. – four years** 

Jerry – three years  

Mike – started in 2021