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Today's Take: Green Bay ReStore celebrates 5 years

Jun. 25, 2014
 
The ReStore is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2965 Ramada Way in Ashwaubenon.
The ReStore is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2965 Ramada Way in Ashwaubenon. / Submitted
A group of volunteers by the ReStore truck for 2014 Memorial Day Parade / Submitted

About ReStore

Learn more about the ReStore and its community support by calling (920) 338-1650 or visiting restoregb.org.
For more information on taking the first step towards volunteering, contact Chiara at (920) 347-5731 or volunteer@restoregb.org.
Learn more about the new Habitat Young Professionals group here in the Green Bay area at GBHYP.com or by contacting Rachel Clement at (920) 593-5785 or volunteer@greenbayhabitat.org. Check us out at facebook.com/GreenBayAreaHYP or Twitter @GreenBayHYP.

If you go

In order to thank the community, the ReStore is hosting a celebration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be a dunk tank and concessions at the store at 2965 Ramada Way in Ashwaubenon and an opportunity to win a discount.

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Every door jingle is a gift for the Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ding of the bell means that a new donation will help the ReStore contribute to the construction of more Habitat for Humanity homes in Brown County.

In fact, the Green Bay ReStore is celebrating five years of supporting Green Bay Habitat’s mission of building simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with families in need. The mission of the Green Bay ReStore is threefold:

• Accept donations of new and used building materials and home improvement items in order to divert materials out of our landfills.

• Provide the community affordable building materials and home improvement items by pricing them at a fraction of the retail price.

• Support Green Bay Habitat for Humanity by using the proceeds to contribute to the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes in Brown County.

Since opening its doors in June 2009, the Green Bay ReStore has shown tremendous growth.

“In the last five years we have seen a steady increase in donations from local businesses and community members,” said Carl Blomquist, operations manager of the ReStore. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our donors who have given over 18,000 donations since ReStore’s opening. This in turn has resulted in over 1,400 tons of materials being diverted from our landfills.”

The Green Bay ReStore thrives on these donations from the community — it is the most critical component of a successful ReStore.

The ReStore is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2965 Ramada Way in Ashwaubenon. As donors benefit from donating to the Green Bay ReStore, customers often rave about their time at the ReStore. Their shopping experience is a true win-win. They buy merchandise at a fraction of the retail cost and know that their purchase will be used for the construction of more Habitat homes in Brown County.

It is not uncommon to see repeat customers shopping at the ReStore.

“We have several customers that we have gotten to know over the last five years,” explains Bill Seleen, director of the ReStore. “They enjoy stopping out to see what’s new on a regular basis. There is always high turnover rate with our merchandise. We’ll see something be put on the floor, and it could be gone within a matter of minutes.”

The ReStore could not function without the generosity of our community members, including volunteers. We have worked with the kindest, most big-hearted volunteers. Over 750 volunteers have donated more than 45,000 hours of volunteer service since 2009. This makes a big difference, especially because volunteers help us run the store, and we’re always looking for more to expand our core group.

Mark Piepenburg, a longtime volunteer for Green Bay Habitat for Humanity and ReStore, says he volunteers because “of the people who come to shop. I enjoy helping. Plus, the interesting items that people donate to the ReStore make it fun to volunteer.”

His dedication shows in the fact that he volunteered more than 1,000 hours of service last year alone. With only four paid staff members, volunteers are crucial to the smooth operation of the ReStore.

Overall, the staff and volunteers of the ReStore are extremely grateful for the support in the last five years.

“Our volunteers, donors and customers continue to surprise us with the depth of their kindness and loyalty to Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore,” says Seleen. “Because of our community, we have generated enough funds to contribute to the construction of more than five Habitat for Humanity homes in Brown County. We are so grateful to do the work we do every day.”

— Chiara Boss is volunteer/resource coordinator for the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

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