Cost-saving ReStore salvage program gets a reboot

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Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is bringing back a popular program that can help local homeowners save on renovation projects, while also funding affordable housing programs in North Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.

The salvage program saves homeowners on demolition costs associated with most remodels, by sending deconstruction professionals to carefully extract and remove cabinets, countertops, sinks, toilets and more. These services are offered at no cost to homeowners, who agree to donate all items removed for resale in local Habitat ReStores.

“Many homeowners end up paying a contractor to come in with a sledge hammer and destroy usable fixtures, which end up filling up our landfills, but the salvage program offers an alternative,” said Jamie Jenkins, the new Salvage Manager. “This way, you save money, you help the environment and you help build affordable homes.”

All owners of property in the Our Towns Habitat service area (North Mecklenburg and Iredell counties) are eligible to take advantage of this free service. Service will officially begin July 1, but property owners may begin submitting service requests now, online or by calling 704-896-8957, ext. 204.

Donations received through salvage are resold in the Mooresville, Cornelius and Statesville Habitat ReStores. Much of the cabinetry obtained through salvage is funneled to the Mooresville location, which as the most retail floor space. All Habitat ReStores are open to the public, reselling gently used and new household items and building supplies, at a fraction of retail prices. All proceeds support Our Towns Habitat’s affordable housing program.

The salvage program was put on hold last year, due to staffing changes and planning requirements to open a new Statesville ReStore location. Director of ReStores Dawn Bumgarner said it has been a priority to revive the program, given its ability to generate revenue and its popularity with both homeowners and shoppers.

“Salvage is a great way to support Habitat mission, and it provides a no-cost alternative to demolition, so it really is a win-win for everyone involved,” Bumgarner said.

#BuildLove for #GivingTuesday

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This holiday season, we are excited for the opportunity to #BuildMoreLove together. So we’re thrilled to share that, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, your gift can do even more to build affordable housing in our community.

When you make a gift to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity now through the week of #GivingTuesday (Nov. 26-Dec. 2), your thoughtful donation will be matched, up to a total of $10,000.

Your $25 becomes $50. Or your $100 becomes $200. Then, as we all come together to #BuildLove, $10,000 becomes $20,000! Please consider making a gift to #BuildLove with us, as we all work together toward our vision of a world where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live.

Prefer to mail your gift?

You may send your check made out to “Our Towns Habitat” to PO Box 1088, Davidson, NC 28031. Please write “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line, so we can properly credit your donation to our matching gift challenge.

Challenge Progress: 100%

#BuildLove Matching Gift Challenge

What is #Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

There are many ways you can celebrate #GivingTuesday, through gifts of both your time and treasure–by making a financial donation, donating household items to our Habitat ReStores, or joining us for a Volunteer Open House to learn more about serving with Our Towns Habitat.

Help us spread the word with an #UNSelfie

#GivingTuesday #UNSelfie

You can bring awareness to the #GivingTuesday movement and Our Towns Habitat’s affordable housing mission with your smartphone and social media feed! Download this #UNSelfie template, writing an inspiring message about why you give back, then snap your #UNSelfie and share! Make sure to tag Our Towns Habitat in your post! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Let the work begin!

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Renovations to the retail space that will house the new Habitat ReStore in Statesville are finally underway!

The new ReStore will be located at 1893 E. Broad Street, next to Planet Fitness in the Bi-Lo shopping plaza. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity staff are already hard at work painting the walls, with more significant renovations to begin next week. Next steps will include installing new floors and overhead lights, installing restroom facilities, constructing new interior walls, assembling merchandise fixtures, and setting up cashier stations and merchandise displays.

Volunteers will be needed throughout the renovation process and once the store opens. We anticipate volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. To learn more about volunteering call 704-996-4477.

Donations of new or gently used household items–appliances, furniture, home decor, exercise equipment and more–are already being accepted for the store. Visit our ReStore Donation page to learn what donations we can accept and schedule a pick-up, or visit one of our “Stuff the Truck” events every Sunday in October.

Our Towns Habitat Now Offers Online Tribute Gifts

A donation in honor or memory of a loved one can be a thoughtful alternative to traditional Christmas presents, and carry an impact that lasts long after the wrapping paper has all been cleaned up and decorations tucked back in storage for the year.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce a new online giving option that allows donors to select one of a variety of themed e-cards to send to a recipient of the donor’s choice, alerting them that a donation has been made in his/her name.

Card designs include holiday themes, but also offer options for other special occasions, including birthdays, graduations and memorials.

To make a tribute gift, simply complete the online donation form, select the card design of your choice, then enter your designee’s name, email and any personalized message you wish to send.