Volunteer Opportunities at ReStore

5859446You can help Habitat ReStore in a variety of ways: accept community donations, fix and test lights and other electronics, greet customers and more. If you have a few hours a week or month, we would greatly appreciate having you share your time and efforts with Habitat ReStore. We have a variety of one-time volunteer opportunities as well as recurring volunteer needs and offer flexible scheduling!

 

Recurring Volunteer Needs

Please click on each title below to expand information regarding positions. 

Everyone can help brighten a home! Every hour a volunteer invests into this aisle is directly reflected by the homes that Habitat for Humanity is able to build. This position offers FLEXIBLE scheduling and on-the-job training.

Requirements/Skills:

  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to occasionally use a walk-up ladder
  • Desire to volunteer long-term with Cedar Valley ReStore
  • Able to volunteer at least 8 hours a week in two separate shifts – Ask about our FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Follows written guidelines to determine the salability of items
  • Exchanges full/empty carts of tested items in the electrical room for ease of use
  • Follows written guidelines to price items and ensure the readiness of the item for sale
  • Hangs/displays lighting aisle items in an organized manner
  • Interacts with customers regularly and ensures reliable customer service
  • Serves as the go-to person for the lighting aisle

 

If interested in this position, please email Zoe Bachman at zoe.bachman@cvhabitat.org or call 319-294-1500 for more details. 

Everyone can help to eliminate waste! Scrapping volunteers break down nonsalable products into their basic metal components. These metals are then separated and taken to the recycling center. This volunteer greatly impacts ReStore’s ability to divert waste from the landfill  – contributing to the 545 tons diverted in 2017, and offers additional funding to build affordable housing. This position offers FLEXIBLE scheduling.

Requirements/Skills:

  • Patience
  • Desire to learn
  • Ability to hold a screwdriver and use pliers
  • Must go through a training period prior to setting own schedule—FLEXIBLE
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills helpful

 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Breaks down nonsaleable products to separate the types of metal
  • Follows written and pictorial guidelines
  • Determines and sorts out metals into the appropriate bins
  • Organizes and cleans-up work area as necessary

If interested in this position, please email Zoe Bachman at zoe.bachman@cvhabitat.org or call 319-294-1500 for more details. 

Every donation makes a difference! Volunteers in the warehouse assist ReStore staff with incoming donations. These volunteers help staff to make sure the warehouse runs smoothly and efficiently by ensuring that donations reach the sales floor. This position offers FLEXIBLE scheduling.

 

Requirements/Skills:

  • Ability to lift at least 40lbs
  • Ability to work with others
  • Desire to learn new skills and build on previous experience
  • Desire to volunteer long-term with Cedar Valley ReStore

 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Interacts with customers regularly and ensures reliable customer service
  • Assists donor at back door by unloading vehicles and writing receipts for donations
  • Cleans and triages donations according to store protocol
  • Helps to move larger donations to the sales floor
  • Assists in moving large purchases from the sales floor to the back room to load vehicles

If interested in this position, please email Zoe Bachman at zoe.bachman@cvhabitat.org or call 319-294-1500 for more details. 

Goal: To tidy and maintain a comfortable and safe store environment

Responsibilities:

  • Clean restrooms
  • Sweep and mop sales floor
  • Wash windows
  • Vacuum carpeted areas

Qualifications:

  • Ability to lift 10lbs when required and push a mop/vacuum
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently or with others

Benefits to Volunteer:

  • Opportunity to serve Habitat for Humanity in a unique and different way
  • Experience with cleaning and janitorial
  • Will provide a letter of recommendation or reference upon request, pending service

Volunteer receives on-the-job training, no experience required. Background in housekeeping or janitorial appreciated.

If interested in this position, please email Zoe Bachman at zoe.bachman@cvhabitat.org or call 319-294-1500 for more details. 

Volunteering matters.

Volunteering increases self-confidence. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times.

Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain and heart disease.