Support affordable housing by donating or shopping at Habitat ReStores in Peterborough and Lindsay
2022 marks the 20th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region. Since 2002, the regional branch of Habitat for Humanity Canada has helped 82 local families become stronger, more stable and independent through affordable home ownership.
The non-profit charity supports its work in particular through its Habitat ReStores – non-profit home improvement and building supply stores that accept and resell building materials, furniture, appliances and new and gently used decorative items.
Whether you’re decluttering a book collection, renovating a kitchen, or finding a new home for your furniture, donating to a Habitat ReStore is a socially responsible decision to support affordable housing.
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“ReStores fund our operations,” says Jenn MacDonald, Communications and Donor Services Manager. “This means that any cash donations that come in directly support our building projects.”
Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Area operates three ReStores: one in Lindsay at 55 Angeline Street North and two in Peterborough at 550 Braidwood Avenue and 300 Milroy Drive. All locations are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We have appliances, furniture, building materials, lighting, electronics, home decor, books, media — all that good stuff,” MacDonald says. “There are a lot of things you can find in a Habitat ReStore.”
You can donate to ReStores in ways you may not be aware of, such as through the Kitchen Recovery Program.
Residents of the City and County of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton Highlands who are doing renovations can have a qualified team of experienced “scavengers” remove building materials such as windows, cabinets and doors, for free.
“These larger items are often in high demand at ReStores,” MacDonald says. “They leave the stores quite quickly and are a good source of income for the organization.”
For people who do home renovations themselves, it can be helpful to have an experienced crew come directly to their home to remove larger, unwanted items. This is also a good opportunity to ensure that fixtures are removed safely and without damage, so that they remain in good condition for resale in ReStores. To arrange a pick-up, please contact Mario Zambonin, Procurement Manager for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region, at [email protected] or call 705-927-0312.
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At the height of the pandemic, the pick-up service was chargeable, as Habitat had to contract out the service to a third-party company for health and safety reasons. However, the pickup service has become free again now that Habitat workers are running the service again.
MacDonald encourages people who would like to organize a donation drive for larger items to call the purchasing department at 705-874-3458 or email [email protected], as there are standards on donations that may be accepted.
People also might not know that Habitat ReStores also accepts donations of materials for recycling rather than resale.
“It doesn’t have to be sold,” MacDonald explains. “We can offer recycling programs that also generate revenue that we can invest in our programs.”
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ReStores can accept e-waste as well as scrap metal. This waste is then recycled, easing the burden of landfills, and Habitat for Humanity uses the alternative form of revenue to further support its local building projects.
“Our primary mission at Habitat is to help local families and now individuals access safe, decent and affordable home ownership,” says MacDonald. “We build and rehabilitate homes in the Peterborough and Kawartha area, and invite those interested to apply to become homeowners.
If you don’t have items to donate to a Habitat ReStore, you can also support the organization by shopping there. For the remainder of this year, Habitat ReStores is running a promotion to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. People who enter the store on the 20th day of the month and spend more than $100 will receive a $20 coupon for their next purchase.
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Anyone who can’t make it to a ReStore in person is encouraged to call or message a Habitat ReStore, and a worker will let them know what’s in stock if they’re looking for a specific item.
“We can help them virtually,” MacDonald says. “We can walk around stores to find a desired item, and even send photos and dimensions. We offer this service for people who may not want to enter the store directly. »
Habitat for Humanity’s three Habitat ReStores in the Peterborough and Kawartha area are more than just home improvement and building supply stores. Whether you have items to donate or are looking for affordable items for your own home, you’ll know you’re helping local families realize their dream of affordable homeownership.
For more information on Habitat ReStores, visit habitatpkr.ca/restores/. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and the Kawartha Region, including volunteer opportunities, visit habitatpkr.ca.
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