Volunteers are vital at our construction sites, ReStore and woodshop!
Volunteering at ReStore
We always need volunteers in our Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore, located just outside Reading in Temple, PA. The store sells high quality used furniture and other home goods.
Volunteers are vital to the mission of the ReStore, helping us to keep prices low and providing consistent operations across our entire organization. Volunteering at the Habitat ReStore allows you to have fun and make a difference while giving you the flexibility to choose your own schedule. You can work as little as three hours a month or as much as several times a week. Volunteer by yourself or come with a group of friends and coworkers. We can accommodate groups of up to 15 people for at least a three-hour shift.
All volunteers must be at least 16 years old, wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to lift at least 25 pounds.
Volunteer hours are available five days a week in the ReStore. Shifts are available Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
Here are some of our great volunteer opportunities available at the ReStore!
Concierge– Greets our customers and asks them what brought them in today, directs them to what they need, informs them about promotions.
Zone Specialists– Folks with knowledge about a specific area of the store; building supplies, furniture, lighting. They will make the area their own and help customers with any inquiries about that area.
Paymaster– Check customers out using the Clover POS system. Criminal Background check required.
Colossus– Volunteer that will help unload donations from the truck as well as from customers dropping them off and picking them up.
Strategic Placement Guru– Help the Manager create displays and end caps to elevate items in the store.
Purification Specialist– Clean donations as they come in/make sure items on the sales floor are dusted and clean.
Upcycle Visionary– Take items from the store and give them new purpose, show customers how they can do the same.
Factotum– A volunteer willing or able to do any assignment given to them.
Button Ninja– Creator of buttons that volunteers and staff will wear in store to promote volunteering, upcoming sales and that they can indeed help you.
Volunteering at the job site
Volunteers are crucial in keeping the cost of the homes more affordable for the low income families who purchase them from Habitat for Humanity of Berks County. One important note: all volunteers on the job site must be at least 18 years of age.
Groups and Schedules
We schedule at the job sites Wednesday/Friday/Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We welcome individuals and groups up to 5 people. We are currently rehabilitating three homes on Tulpehocken Street in Reading.
Tools, Work Wear and Ability
Volunteers need to wear old clothes and sturdy shoes (no open toe shoes allowed). Work gloves are needed and will be provided if you do not have your own. Arrive at the job site on time and bring a bagged lunch. Tools are not necessary but if you choose to use your personal tools, bring them at your own discretion. The construction manager will assess your ability and have you work on something you are comfortable doing.
If you are interested in volunteering at our ReStore or on one of our job sites, please contact Penny Hummel at 610-373-3439, ext. 301 or by emailing [email protected].