It is time for you to meet another ReStore Power Couple.
Marv and Barb Gossen
This fun couple joins us at ReStore East every Wednesday working the floor as Customer Service. Andy, ReStore Manager and Jan, ReStore Assistant Manager shared with us how they enjoy when the two of them are here.
Barb has such an eye for seeing purpose in the used items that are donated and the right eye to keep this place organized. Marv is just one of those guys that always makes you smile or laugh, a ray of sunshine that always has a good joke.
We asked Marv and Barb a few questions, here is what they had to say.
“We have been with Habitat for about 13 years. We worked on a few builds in our younger years and decided we needed a lighter work load and a regular schedule to work with. We keep coming back because we enjoy the people we work with and the customers who come to our store.
The advice we would pass along to a new volunteer, try it out for a few months. It gets addicting.”
Thank you Marv and Barb for bringing joy, warmth, and organization to our days.
Meal Donors in the Spotlight!
Last Friday we held our very first “Thank you” breakfast for our wonderful volunteers who provided meals in 2019. We wanted to say thank you in a special way – and what better way than to provide a meal for them!
As we sat around the table enjoying the breakfast, it reminded me of the family meals I had growing up, when we gathered around the table and shared our day with the family. For many, this breakfast was the first time meeting each other, but by the end our the breakfast, it was like we were one happy family!
The group shared some humorous stories of meal proving; like chili being spilled all over a back seat of a car, to being a little late to delivering a meal, to not having any leftovers for hubby at home. One thing these people had in common was they all have a very generous heart and we so appreciate all they do for our Habitat volunteers!
A huge THANK YOU to all those who provided a meal and/or snack at our construction sites, the ReStores, or to the many other events we have throughout the year! If you’re interested in becoming a meal or snack provider, please email Jodie Tiede at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (920) 967-8904.
This Week on Amy’s Avenue…
Happy trails to you…
This week we said farewell to one very special volunteer, Earl. Earl has been volunteering at ReStore West since 2018. His infectious smile and kind, warm energy were always one of my favorite parts of Wednesdays at ReStore West. Earl had recently embraced the role of Donation Ambassador in the back room of ReStore. This role plays a very big part in the day to day success of the ReStore. The minute a customer pulls up to drop off donations, they are critiquing their experience.
If we are able to have a volunteer available to be there to greet them right away, and to greet them with a warm welcome and gracious attitude, they are much more likely to return. Better yet, they may not only return, they could tell their friends and family about their great experience and encourage them to donate. If we are really lucky, they might become a volunteer!
The back room is our chance to embrace all that the Habitat for Humanity ReStore stands for and educate our gracious community of donors on how they are making a difference.
I am certain our donors and ReStore family will greatly miss Wednesdays with Earl, but we thank him with all of our heart for the time he chose to spend with us and his belief in the Habitat mission.
We wish you well.
We’ll be adding volunteer role descriptions here soon!