You don’t need a hammer to volunteer at Habitat! The ReStore relies heavily on individual and group volunteer labor to help with inventory, sales, donation pick ups and merchandising to keep overhead low and raise more funds for LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity. Please read the brief volunteer descriptions below.
Donation Pick-up Volunteer
This volunteer assists the ReStore truck driver in picking up donations. They help navigate, load donations, and are an advocate for the ReStore in the community.
Community Service Volunteer
The Habitat ReStore welcomes help from community service volunteers, including students needing to complete hours for school and people that have been convicted of nonviolent crimes and ordered by the courts to complete service hours.
You must call the ReStore Manager at 219-814-4985 to schedule your volunteer shifts in advance. On your first day you will need to show a photo ID to the ReStore Manager and submit your paperwork.
The ReStore Ambassador spreads the word about the ReStore throughout local communities through brochures and bulletin board announcements and by representing the ReStore at local events. These volunteers also help connect the ReStore to other organizations in the community.
Pricing and Merchandising Specialist
These volunteers have an eye for retail. They prepare new donations for the sales floor by cleaning, sorting, assembling, and pricing merchandise. Also, Pricing and Merchandising volunteers create attractive displays and arrange the store in a way that makes it a fun shopping experience and significantly helps the ReStore’s bottom line.
Mr. / Ms. Fix It
These volunteers are problem solvers and good with tools. They maintain our store equipment, including forklift, box truck, pallet jacks, dollies, hand carts etc., and help repair and refinish furniture and cabinets. This volunteer position will also help us build shelving and displays for our wide selection of ever-changing inventory. Basic woodworking ability and familiarity with tools is required.
Cashiers greet and interact with customers in a friendly and helpful manner, operate the cash register, answer phone calls, respond to customer questions, assist in pricing if necessary, and promote and maintain a safe, clean work environment. They also invite customers to sign-up for our Digger’s List page and our e-newsletters.
Donations Receiving Volunteer
This position includes accepting donations directly from drop-off donors and educating donors on what we accept and do not accept to maintain high quality of goods. They greet and interact with customers in a friendly and helpful manner, assist in loading and unloading donations/purchases from our truck or donors’ vehicles, help Pricing and Merchandising volunteers when needed, and promote and maintain a safe, clean work environment within the receiving area of the store.
Customer Experience Volunteer
Customer Experience Volunteers have a sunny disposition and enthusiasm for Habitat’s mission. They greet and interact with customers in a friendly and helpful manner, assist customers by answering questions about products and materials, and offer direction to departments in the store.
These volunteers play an integral role in the ReStore by assuming leadership roles for one or more of our departments: cabinets, plumbing, tools, hardware, tile, building materials, flooring, lighting, doors, windows furniture and appliances. They share their knowledge and advice with customers, staff and other volunteers.
Office and Web Volunteer
The Office and Web volunteers assist with a variety of administrative tasks: taking calls, updating databases, organizing office files, and maintaining office equipment. They also support our online storefronts by photographing and posting new merchandise.