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Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for dedicated volunteers to help us raise funding for home building projects, giving local, hardworking families the opportunity to build a better life. We take pride in the fact that our volunteers come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Whether you’re a high school student looking to complete your volunteer hours or a retiree looking to connect with your community and pass on your knowledge, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to try something new and contribute to the community around them. This volunteer opportunity is great for:
• High school students looking to complete their volunteer hours, secure a co-op placement, or explore a possible career path;
• College students looking to secure an internship or build work experience in a field related to their studies;
• Retirees looking to build new connections and give back to the community, while passing on some of what they have learned to our younger volunteers;
• Newcomers to Canada who are looking to improve their English language skills while building their Canadian work experience;
• Individuals looking to re-enter the workforce who want to get used to a routine again without the pressure of immediately beginning employment;
• Individuals in the process of rehabilitation; and
• Individuals who need to complete court-mandated volunteer hours.
Every volunteer experience is different, but all of our volunteers are able to see the measurable impact that their work has in their own community, as they help to make our homeownership program possible. Our volunteers often have the opportunity to meet and work alongside our partner families, who frequently volunteer at the ReStore as part of their sweat equity agreement.
Tasks of this Volunteer Position Include:
• Being the first face that many donors see, and providing them with excellent donor support
• Determining which donations to accept, using the donation guidelines
• Recording all accepted donations in a daily log
• Cleaning, testing, repairing, and pricing donations as needed with appropriate training and supervision
• Assisting staff with carry-outs and customer service as needed
• Stocking merchandise and organizing shelves
• Assisting with daily cleaning tasks
• Work productively both independently and in a team
• Stay focused on the task at hand, even if other team members become distracted
• Reliable; available to schedule 2-3 shifts during the week, including occasional weekend shifts
• Strong customer service skills
• Specialized certifications, such as electrical technician work, Forklift, Fall Arrest, Chemical Spill Response, First Aid, CPR, and WHMIS are not required but are always a bonus.