Behind the Scenes: Working Tuesdays – generous donors & donations in the aisles

Behind the Scenes at the ReStore:
We are always working on making the ReStore better.

Mike D & many donations in the aisle.

Mike D & many donations in the aisle.

We have generous donors (Thank you!) and on Tuesdays we can have donations spilling into the aisles and packed so tight that photos can not be taken.
To the rescue, Mike D, Warehouse Assistant.
With Mike’s hard work on Tuesday, by Wednesday the aisles are cleared and kept cleared the rest of the week by Mike and our valued volunteers.

We are always making the ReStore better so we can serve you better.
With the ReStore profits and your donations,  Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity builds homes in order to build partner families’ strength, stability and self-reliance through home ownership.

 

New colors on SALE! 50% off blue tags, 75% off pink tags

Two colors on sale.

50% off blue tags, 75% off pink tags

Come in and find the above color tags for even greater savings. We
are giving discounts so we can move items along and make more room for brand
new donations.

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Nuevas etiquetas de color en la venta.
50% de descuento etiquetas azules; 75% de descuento las etiquetas rosas.

Ven y encuentra las etiquetas azules y rosas para ahorrar aun más.
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recolor Paint @ the ReStore: Recycled Latex & Chalk Paint. Quart, Gallon, 5 Gallon.

We are always working on making the ReStore better.recolor Paint

We now offer recolor® recycled latex paint.
Available in quarts, gallons and five gallon buckets.
Consistent color, consistent availability and consistent low prices. Latex paint colors and chalk finish colors.

The Massachusetts company takes latex paint and recycles/reprocess it into recolor® paint. Recycle, Reuse, Repaint.

A company after our own heart. After all, we say Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, ReStore!

recolor Latex Paint ColorsCome check the colors that are available at the ReStore.
recolor Chalk Finish Colors

ReStore profits benefit the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and enable us to deliver on the mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

 

Behind the Scenes: Working Tuesdays @ the MV Habitat ReStore

Behind the Scenes at the ReStore:
We are always working on making the ReStore better.

There are many times on Tuesdays when customers drop by the ReStore. They peer through the glass and see people inside and wonder if we are open.

Unfortunately, we are not open to the public on Tuesdays. Fortunately, we are open for work.

For the days that we are open to the public, it gets busy and the customer comes first. So, on Tuesdays, when the ReStore is closed to the public, we continue to work on making the ReStore better – be it doing paperwork, courting potential donors, planning for the future or anything else.

This past Tuesday it meant that volunteers Randy Richmond and John Kuenzig  met with Steve Cheatham (ReStore Manager) and Joe Polenchar (ReStore Assistant Manager).

Randy R, Joe P, Steve C and John K at Tuesday software meeting

Randy R, Joe P, Steve C and John K at Tuesday software meeting

What was on the agenda? Donor and Donation software.

The number of donations at the ReStore has grown (Thank You!)  and with it there are growing pains.
What do we need? Does it do what we need? What else is out there? What will we need in the future? What are the pros and cons?

Our ReStore is customer centric and we try our best to serve you better. That means that when you schedule a free donation pickup, we attempt to fit your schedule and at the same time make it efficient and productive for our donation truck to do its rounds.

And we need software that will match our approach.

We are in the evaluation process and there will be more work required on Tuesdays.

We are always making the ReStore better so we can serve you better.
With the ReStore profits and your donations,  Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity builds homes in order to build partner families’ strength, stability and self-reliance through home ownership.

 

Sale NEW COLORS: 50% off pink price tags, 75% off white price tags

Two colors on sale.

50% off pink tags, 75% off white tags

Come in and find the pink and white tags for even greater savings. We
are giving discounts so we can move items along and make more room for brand
new donations.

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Nuevas etiquetas de color en la venta.
50% de descuento etiquetas rosas ; 75% de descuento las etiquetas blancas.

Ven y encuentra las etiquetas rosas y blancas para ahorrar aun más.
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Happy Earth Day 2017. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, ReStore! Every day is Earth Day at the ReStore.

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
— Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day. Every day is Earth Day at the ReStore.
When you shop at the ReStore, you are green and you $ave green.
When you donate to the ReStore, you protect the earth.
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Since 2011 the Merrimack Valley Habitat for  Humanity ReStore has diverted 550 tons of trash that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.

Donate gently used (or new) items to the ReStore.  Ask yourself, could someone  use this unwanted item?  If the item is clean and in good repair, think ReStore! Check our donation guidelines by clicking here.

Profits from all sales help us build more safe and affordable homes throughout the Merrimack Valley!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, ReStore!

ReStore to participate in Andover Zero Waste Day May 6. Open to EVERYONE!

Open to EVERYONE and not just Andover residents.

Andover Zero Waste Day is a donating and recycling event held annually to provide a quick and easy way to pass along items that you no longer need. Many local non-profit organizations will be on site for the Andover Zero Waste Day to be held
Saturday May 6, 2017
9am-12pm
Brickstone Square in Andover, Massachusetts
(lower parking lot with access at the end of York St past entrance to Brickstone Square).

New ReStore Truck Passenger Side WrapIt is the 13th Annual all volunteer Drive-thru Donation, reuse, and recycling event sponsored by the Andover Massachusetts Department of Municipal Services.

Besides the ReStore, many local non-profit organizations like Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. , Merrimack Valley YMCA, Community Giving Tree, Project Home Again, Neighbors in Need and others will also be participating, so if you want to donate to
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, ask to be directed to our location in the parking lot and you’ll see our NEW truck there.
Our donations guidelines can be found here.
And we thank you in advance for your generous donations!

More information on the participating organizations and donations to be accepted, click on Andover Zero Waste Day.

Can’t wait or just missed Andover Zero Waste Day 9am-12pm?
The ReStore is only 3 miles away at 647 Andover Street, Lawrence MA,
and there you can drop off building materials and other items on our donation list.

We are open Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.
We are closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

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Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, ReStore!

Building Dreams Gala! Celebrate with us Saturday May 20, 2017.

With every new home built, Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity sees the impact that owning a home has on a child, a family, a neighborhood and a community.

Our signature annual fundraising event celebrates the dreams that come true for our Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity families, the heart felt work, and the necessary resources needed to continue building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. This year we celebrate the completion of our first ever Veteran Build and the families that will be moving into their new home.
Join us May 20, 2017 as we honor our Veteran families’ service to our country, and celebrate their dreams of home ownership coming true. 

This year’s event will be a festive soiree of food tastings, a Martini bar, an assortment of craft beverages and entertainment. Check MVHH’s Gala page for the latest announcements.

Get your tickets now!

Merrimack Vally Habitat Humanity Gala May 20 2017

Incoming Treasure: introducing ReStore’s newest truck

New Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore TruckWe are excited to introduce the newest addition to our ReStore “staff”.
A new, larger and better equipped box truck.     

We are always working on making the ReStore better.

Why a new truck?
ReStore’s profits benefit the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and enable us to deliver on the mission of building safe and affordable homes.

We have hobbled along, and when the old truck was in the shop for TLC, we would rent a interim truck – adding to the expense and creating a sense of adventure for our staff 🙂

The new truck has increased the efficiency of donation pickup.
It is a larger truck and therefore there is no need to return to the ReStore to unload.
The new truck has eased donation pickup since it has a side load door and a lift gate.
It means that the donation pickup lead time has dropped from weeks to days. You can call us to schedule your donation pickup and we might be able to serve you within the week. Call 978-686-3323.
It means that we can now accommodate your donation of pallets’ worth of material. With the lift gate we can easily load it into the truck without breaking our backs or yours.
It means that we will have more incoming donations daily and therefore fresh inventory for our shoppers on a daily basis.

Additional benefits is a better first impression and a ‘driving’ billboard to spread our message and branding.
Those first encounters and first impressions are important and can set the tone.
Whenever the ReStore drops by to do a donation pickup – at a business or a home – it is our chance to give a good impression.
A new truck with the right message is key in letting people know who the ReStore is and what it does.

Every donation, every purchase helps build homes.
Shop. Donate. Volunteer.

All combined, it means that we can generate more profits. More profits = more homes.

Old Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore truckSo, it has been on the ReStore’s budget to replace our primary box truck – our much loved and well used box truck.

Enter Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity board member & treasurer Jeff Perrone:
Working behind the scenes and sometimes very much in front of the scenes, he made a line item in the budget into a written check.

General Truck Center logoEnter General Truck Center from Methuen, MA.
General Truck Center is a full service commercial truck dealership that has been selling and maintaining commercial trucks since 1924. They carry a large inventory of new an used trucks – and one of those new trucks is ours.
Together, Treasurer Jeff Perrone & General Truck Center, worked to secure the box truck for us.

Although we have had the new truck in service since early this year, the truck was a bit shy and did not want to be showcased until it had its face on.

Elwell Design logoEnter Elwell Design who with 20 years of experience has developed award-winning design solutions for clients.  They have worked with us for our Merrimack Valley Habitat For Humanity newsletter and annual appeal.
Elwell Design provided us a  truck wrap design that could quickly present the ReStore’s mission:
Shop. Donate. Volunteer.
Every donation, every purchase helps build homes.

Wrap Solutions logoEnter Wrap Solutions in Boston. Wrap Solutions does design, printing and vehicle wrap installation. Wrapping our new box truck was expertly done by them.

 

 

So, if you see this while you are beside or behind a truck, it is the new ReStore truck!
New Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore Truck Side Passenger
New Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore Truck Back

 

 

 

Perfect timing since the truck will be busy for the ReStore Spring Cleaning Donation Drive!ReStore Spring Cleaning Donation Drive

 

 

 

So, thanks General Truck Center, Elwell Design, Wrap Solutions, board member Jeff Perrone, volunteers and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity & ReStore staff who worked hard to make sure that the ReStore has the resources to better build #strength, #stability and #self-reliance thru #shelter.

ReStore’s profits benefit the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and enable us to deliver on the mission of building safe and affordable homes.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity serves 22 communities in the Merrimack Valley:
In Massachusetts: Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Bradford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Salisbury, West Boxford, West Newbury
In New Hampshire: Atkinson, Plaistow, Salem

We currently are building homes for:
    2 families in Margin Street in Lawrence, MA
    2 Veteran families in Phillips Street in Lawrence, MA
and we are in the planning process for building homes for:
    6 families in Old County Road in Salisbury, MA
    2 families in Mason Street in Lawrence, MA

Do you want to make an impact? Contact us
info@mvrestore.org
or development@merrimackvalleyhabitat.org
or volunteer@merrimackvalleyhabitat.org

Falling Prices Ahead! 50% off white price tags and 75% off orange price tags

Road Sign Falling Prices AheadTreasure hunting is getting MORE exciting at the ReStore!
Save money! You can count on the ReStore to help you achieve that goal.

This week 50% off WHITE TAGS.
50% de descuento las etiquetas de precios blancas.
Any items priced with a white price tag is 50% off.

75% off ORANGE TAGS.
75% de descuento las etiquetas de precios naranjas.
Any items priced with a orange price tag is 75% off.

We want move items along and make more room for brand new donations.

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