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at the restore

Thank you for choosing to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore! The ReStore could not operate without the generous time and talent given by volunteers! ReStore shifts are available as follows:

  • Mondays – Fridays: 10:00am – 2:00pm and 2:00pm – 6:00pm 
  • Saturdays: 9:00am – 1:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm

All volunteers are required to pass a background check, read our volunteer guidelines, complete a volunteer orientation (videos found online) and complete the proper paperwork (paperwork is completed on Volunteer Hub, our online shift scheduling system). There are many different opportunities; check out the options below to see where you fit best!

One ReStore, Two Locations!

ReStore East is located at 3000 E. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54915 

ReStore West is located at 5402 W Integrity Way, Appleton, WI 54913

To learn how to become a volunteer*, please contact Amy Christensen, ReStore Volunteer Coordinator for Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity at AmyC@foxcitieshabitat.org or call 920-967-8901.

*Some volunteer opportunities require extra training that ReStore provides.

*Cashier (M – F: 10-2 and 2-6 | SAT:  9-1 and 1-5 | View full job description)**

  • Cashiers must provide excellent customer service
  • Answer questions and assist customers in a friendly, professional manner
  • Must be willing and able to enforce all store policies
  • Duties include sales, money handling and documentation

*Donation Pickup Volunteer (Truck Drivers and Assistants) (hours vary)| View full job description)**

  • Determine most effective route, read maps, and navigate for efficiency
  • Drive to assigned locations to pick up merchandise being donated to ReStore
  • Drive to deconstruction location so that harvested items can be brought to ReStore or warehouse
  • Take items to recycle, assist with deconstruction, and assist with warehouse transfers as needed
  • Must be over 21 to drive, over 18 to assist and able to lift 50 lbs
  • Be familiar with the ReStore donation guidelines and be willing to enforce said guidelines in the field
  • Must be able to tell a customer, “No, we can’t take that, it doesn’t meet our requirements.” Any questions, complaints or comments can be directed to manager on duty

Sales Floor (M – F: 10-2 and 2-6 | SAT:  9-1 and 1-5 | View full job description)

  • Includes customer service, carry out and merchandising duties
  • Smile, greet, and help customers feel welcome
  • Help customers find items, measure properly and offer light lifting
  • Answer questions and enforce store policies
  • Straighten merchandise donations on shelves on sales floor

Backroom (M – F: 10-2, 2-6| SAT:  9-1 and 1-5 | View full job description)

  • Includes donation intake, cleaning, and pricing
  • Help with loading and unloading ReStore truck/Deconstruction truck
  • Help to make space in back warehouse
  • Stock shelves, merchandise, and/or move racking
  • Take in donations
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

Deconstruction (days vary: 8–2 | View full job description)

  • Be part of our team that goes into homes and businesses that will be remodeled or torn down and salvage items that will be sold at ReStore or recycled
  • Must be age 18 or over
  • Carpentry/construction experience is helpful, but not necessary
  • ReStore will provide any necessary on-site training and tools

*Office Volunteer (as needed)

  • Duties may include data entry and other computer work, answering phones, assisting staff, and more
  • Basic computer skills and filing skills are needed
*Greeter
  • Greet customers and assist them with finding items
  • Promote current discounts and timely information
  • Help greet volunteers arriving for shifts and assist them with signing in
  • Promote the mission of Habitat among customers and volunteers

What is the Senior Crew?

The Senior Crew is a group of individuals who give their time to Habitat on a regularly scheduled basis. While the majority of the members are retired, we have plenty of members who are not but simply have the time and heart to volunteer on a regular basis.  

Members receive priority scheduling, extensive communication and specialized training.  Perks include free Senior Crew clothing, name tags, social activities and more! For more information on joining Senior Crew, contact Jodi Isom at (920) 967-8882 or via email at Jodii@FoxCitiesHabitat.org

Are you already a Senior Crew member and need a little help with our VolunteerHub software? Check the video below for helpful hints in signing yourself up for shifts. Remember, you can pause at any time! 

Individuals

 

Looking to further the mission of Habitat for Humanity through volunteering? Want to learn or hone your construction, retail or other skills? Or you simply want to give back to others? Whether its all or none of the above, we would love to have you volunteer with us. All volunteer sign up is done online.  For individual opportunities, check out our options on foxcitieshabitat.volunteerhub.com.

Groups

Existing Sponsors

If your organization is financially supporting Habitat, we reserve opportunities for your volunteers. The Volunteer Services Department will contact you with information including team specific volunteer sign up page and links to access. Is your organization interested in supporting Habitat? Contact Development Director, Amy McGowan, at (920) 967-8883 or via email at AmyM@FoxCitiesHabitat.org for more information.

General Group Opportunities

For all other group opportunities, start by contacting Volunteer Services Director Jodi Isom at jodii@foxcitiesabitat.org . Jodi will guide you in the various ways your group can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.  

Minors Age 14-17

We believe that volunteer service is great for those of all ages, however, due to our insurance regulations, we are required to have age restrictions for volunteers ages 14 to 17. Please see list of restrictions below. 

Court ordered community service hours must be served through our Habitat ReStore. Service hours through church, school, etc. can be completed at either a Habitat ReStore or on our build sites as available.

How does a minor sign up to volunteer?

  • The minor goes on VolunteerHub and selects an open volunteer shift
  • An adult, over age 18, must sign up for the same volunteer shift WITH THE MINOR
  • The VolunteerHub system will prompt the minor to print, fill out and bring paperwork with them to volunteer
  • **Parent or guardian must sign the minor waiver/forms** regardless of the adult volunteering with them (youth group leader, etc.)

Additional waiver forms are available below:

Minor forms require the signature of a parent/guardian and minors must be accompanied by an adult over age 18. No one under age 14 can be onsite when construction is taking place.

Are there age restrictions for volunteers under age 18?

Yes, our insurance company mandates our age policy:

  • No one under age 14 can be on a Habitat worksite when construction is going on
  • Youth ages 14-15 can help with painting, landscaping or cleaning with an adult present
  • Youth ages 16-17 can help with general construction tasks and must have one adult to every three youth
  • No one under age 18 can work on a roof, go on a ladder or use power tools
  • Youth ages 14-17 can work independently at Habitat ReStore.  Contact ReStore Volunteer Coordinator Amy Christensen for details – amyc@foxcitieshabitat.org

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agency, to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care, and environmental protection. The program is often seen as a domestic Peace Corps. It employs more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year.

AmeriCorps National Positions

Construction Crew Leader – Positions Available 
Ensure positive volunteer engagement on our home buyer work sites with this exciting position! Serve with Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity for 10.5 months and receive a living stipend, health benefits, education award at the completion of service and MORE! Contact COO Amy Ristow at amyr@foxcitieshabitat.org for more information.

 

Court-Ordered Community Service

The ReStore has a great history of offering volunteer shifts to those that need to fulfill court-ordered volunteer hours. Court-ordered volunteers must comply with the following: 

* You may not volunteer if: 

  • You are registered with the Wisconsin or National Sex Offender Registry 
  • Your offense(s) involved theft or weapons 
  • Your offense(s) caused bodily harm 
  • Your court ordered requirements restrict your computer usage or contact with minors or other members of the public.

Other factors impacting your eligibility to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore include (1) frequency of and time elapsed since other offenses; or (2) any other factor that Habitat for Humanity deems relevant to your eligibility as a volunteer at the ReStore. All applications will be reviewed by management. Applicants will be contact regarding their eligibility to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. 

* Must complete a minimum of 20 hours for service to count as valid 

* Must pass a background check, read and comply with volunteer guidelines, and complete an online orientation prior to signing up for shifts. 

** By clicking CONTINUE, you acknowledge that your court ordered volunteer hours do not violate the above statements.

All hours will be void if this policy is not strictly adhered to. 

To continue as a court-ordered volunteer, CLICK HERE

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