The ReStore is a volunteer-driven social enterprise of Habitat for Humanity. The concept is like Home Depot meets Goodwill: they accept and resell new and re-useable building materials, appliances, hardware, and furniture to the public at a fraction of the normal retail price. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco to fund the construction of homes in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. Hence, you can call the ReStore "the store that builds.”
The San Carlos ReStore is two months old and flooded with donations. Group volunteers sort, clean, measure, fix and price donations to get them ready to sell. Volunteers also go on pickups with the ReStore drivers to bring new donations to the store and help load larger purchases into customers' cars. On occasion, some group members will help photograph and post new merchandise to the ReStore's Diggerslist storefront.
Some things to prepare for beforehand:
1. Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dust, or maybe a splatter of paint on.
2. Close toe shoes, like tennis shoes, that will protect your feet & toes, will work best for this project.
3. If you have a safety belt, bringing it and using while working at the site will be good for your back.
4. If you’re volunteering all day, please make sure to bring your lunch or snacks. There's a volunteer break room with fridge, water and microwave.
5. You can park on Industrial Road, across the street, or behind the power station across the street, since the ReStore's parking lot is small and dedicated to customers.
Upon arrival, introduce yourself to a ReStore staff member or regular volunteer. You’ll get set up with waiver forms, have a ten-minute orientation, learn about the day’s projects, and then start volunteering!