Recurring Volunteer Needs

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Volunteering as a scrapper is a unique way to serve ReStore and Habitat’s mission. Scrappers break down nonsaleaable donations into recyclable component materials that net funds for the organization. As a scrapper you will be a key part of ReStore’s landfill diversion efforts while also directly raising funds for Habitat’s mission of building safe, decent, affordable housing in Linn & Benton counties.

Responsibilities:

  • Break down nonsaleable products
  • Classify recyclable component metals
  • Organize and clean work area as necessary

Requirements:

  • Ability to hold a screwdriver and use pliers.

Electricians are a vital resource for ReStore. They conduct simple repairs on donated electrical equipment, which increases ReStore’s saleable goods and serves our landfill diversion initiative. An ideal electrical volunteer already has experience working with electrical systems.

Responsibilities:

  • Test and repair donated electrical equipment.
  • Ensure safety and function of equipment before sale.
  • Collaborate with other volunteer electricians to cover gaps in knowledge.

Requirements:

  • Familiarity with electrical systems
  • Electrical safety certification a plus.

Donation Assistant volunteers help keep ReStore moving! Your assistance with loading and unloading furniture, appliances and other large goods ensures that ReStore can operate at maximum volume. Organizing the backroom and prepping items for the sales floor makes ReStore a place where shoppers can find something different every day.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the flow of goods into and out of the donation door.
  • Greet and interact with donors and customers
  • Clean, organize, assemble and disassemble donation stock
  • Special projects as directed.

Requirements:

  • Lift 25 pounds alone
  • Able to help with team lifts.

Your presence makes ReStore and fun and friendly place for our customers to shop. While stocking and organizing the sales floor, sales floor assistance volunteers engage with ReStore shoppers to offer advice and direction through the store.

Responsibilities:

  • Greet and interact with customers
  • Share knowledge and direct customers around the store
  • Stock and organize shelving
  • Special projects as directed

Requirements:

  • Ability to remember, follow, and explain ReStore purchasing policies.

Janitorial volunteers help make shopping at ReStore an enjoyable experience and maintain Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity’s positive image in the community.

Responsibilities:

  • Clean merchandise
  • Sweep and mop sales floor
  • Wash windows and mirrors.
  • Vacuum carpeted area

Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 10 pounds when required
  • Ability to push a mop/vacuum

Get involved with ReStore

Register to volunteer with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity today: Email us at volunteer@cvhabitat.org or call 319.366.4485 ext. 104.

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.

Volunteering builds experience. If you’re just starting your resume, or filling in gap time, volunteering is a great way to demonstrate ability and commitment. Reliable volunteers may ask ReStore management to be a reference or write a letter of recommendation.