Volunteer Profile of Margo Loomis

August 16, 2019

This week, for #MeetOurVolunteers, we are featuring another one of our wonderful and dedicated ReStore volunteers, Margot.

A resident of Haverhill, MA, Margot has been volunteering with us for 8 years…but maybe more. “Who remembers the length of time when you’re having fun, right?” When not at the ReStore, Margot works with a Certified Financial Planner as her “day job”.

She found her way to us, thanks to an article in a local newspaper, talking about a women build day, which we host every May. According to Margot, “she signed up right away”. The first site she recalls was Roxanna’s house. For those of you who don’t know, Roxanna is our lovely office and family services manager, and a Habitat homeowner herself. When Margot received an email about Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity possibly opening a ReStore, she “jumped at the opportunity to help there, and traded hammering nails for banging out sales.”

Margot volunteers because she has “fun at the ReStore and likes that the money raised, stays local.” In the store, she enjoys helping shoppers and attempting to make the sales floor more inviting. Margot helps run a monthly folk music venue, the New Moon Coffeehouse, in Haverhill, which is also a nonprofit. She enjoys bringing great live music to the Merrimack Valley. When she is not volunteering her time, Margot makes delicious chocolate truffles and folds origami boxes to put the truffles in, for friends and family. Wow, aren’t they lucky!? In an ideal world, Margot wishes every person would have a safe place to live and food in their belly.

Our work, providing affordable homes to local families in need, is only possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of volunteers like Margot. As you can see, you don’t need to wear a hard-hat to help us build homes for deserving families in need.

We are Hiring

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking to hire a full-time Driver.

New ReStore Truck Driver Side Wrap

We are now hiring for a full -time driver and Donation Ambassador

If you are dedicated, hard-working, a team player and customer service minded, please read the full job description below and apply today!

 

 

 

Job Description

ReStore Driver/Donation Ambassador
Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore
647 Andover Street
Lawrence, MA 01843

Reports to: ReStore Manager

Employee Status: Full Time.

Description: This position is responsible for the pick-up of merchandise from donors, safely packing the merchandise in the ReStore truck, returning to ReStore, unpacking merchandise and general ReStore help.

Responsibilities:
1. General Duties

  • Load and unload all donated materials.
  • Communicating with ReStore Management regarding incoming donations.
  • Occasionally supervising volunteers, making their experience meaningful.
  • Drive MVHFH vehicles to pick-up and deliver donated goods.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with ReStore staff, volunteers, Habitat homeowners and ReStore customers.
  • Daily cleaning and straightening of ReStore receiving area.
  • Screen for product usability when donors call or bring in donations.
  • Direct pricing and operations inquires to ReStore Management.

2. Other Duties as Assigned by the ReStore Manager
3. Required Skills / Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in retail sales.
  • Team building a real plus.
  • Must be a good listener and be able to engage in well-considered discussions.
  • Must be willing to understand the big picture of the MVHFH and know that ReStore is only a part of the larger goal.
  • Must pass Criminal Background Check.
  • Work is performed in a retail/warehouse environment.
  • Ability to lift 75 pounds repeatedly.
  • Ability to spend the majority of the day standing or moving about. Work may require climbing ladders, considerable standing, bending, kneeling, and reaching in awkward and tiring positions.
  • High school diploma or equivalent. Must have a drivers license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Sense of humor a must!

The Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $16.50 to $17.00 /hour

Apply with cover letter and resume by emailing us at info@mvrestore.org

Art Tucker Profile

ReStore Volunteer Profile of Art Tucker

This week, for #MeetOurVolunteers, we introduce to you, Art Tucker. Art has been volunteering at the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore since 2016.

With family roots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Art has been an Andover, MA and Northshore resident since 1983.  A Veteran who served as an officer in the US Navy during the Vietnam war, we thank Art for his service!

Art retired after 32 years at ICP, a World Wide operation that manufactures coatings for Tennis Courts and Running Tracks, where he went on to become Vice President of Recreational Products division.

Arts decision to volunteer at the Merrimack Valley ReStore was influenced by the example of President Jimmy Carter. Additionally, Art appreciates the concept of Habitat homeowners helping themselves through “Sweat Equity” to achieve a better life. He also enjoys the Habitat ReStore clientele and that ReStore is a “combination of flea market and good old fashioned hardware store.” Our local Latino community provides an interesting perspective that Art enjoys. The opportunity to suggest and influence the operation through Customer Service brings an intellectual component that Art appreciates.

Art believes that “homeownership for all economic segments is a worthy goal.” His opinion is that, when it comes to affordable housing, “the efforts of private organizations can serve as a model for others, including government.

Volunteering with us for two days a week leaves Art time for his other passions, which are traveling, visiting with family, and pursuing small home improvement projects.

Our work, providing affordable homes to local families in need, is only possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of volunteers like Art!

Interested in Volunteering?

Whether you’re an individual, small business, a corporation, a community group, a faith congregation, or just a handful of friends – every volunteer increases our impact. Help us with pricing, organizing merchandise, accepting donations, and displays. We’re bursting at the studs with contributions, and we need YOU to help make sense of it all!

The biggest perk is you get to see all new items before they hit the sales floor!

If you are interested in Volunteering with us, please email info@mvrestore.org.

 

Everything Old Is New Again

Pam Leonard of Boxford, MA knows how to repurpose and recycle. In her shop, B Cheeky, she works on and sells furnishings and home décor that has been upcycled. One of her go-to places to find less-than-loved pieces to refurbish is Merrimack Valley ReStore. 

Read about Pam and get some tips on how to DIY your own furnishings here

ReStore Will Take What Doesn’t Spark Joy

Marie Kondo has been THE name that comes to mind when you think about organizing and decluttering your home. Her books have become best sellers, and now she has a Netflix show called “Tidying Up” that helps homeowners walk through decluttering and cleaning up their homes.

If you’re following the simple process in your own home that Marie has laid out for her clients, don’t forget to contact Merrimack Valley ReStore to donate what doesn’t “spark joy” for you.

By donating your unwanted furnishings, we are able to raise funds to build homes for deserving families. It’s a win-win! 

Lawrence Students Raise Money for Community

Lawrence public school art students used their talents to support the community through their Have A Heart Charity Art Auction last month. Over 100 K-12 students participated in the creation of artwork for this very successful event and raised money for the community, including the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Merrimack Valley ReStore donated approximately 40 chairs to students and teachers for their creative touch. The chairs were painted in the theme of writers and illustrators and were auctioned off at the Have A Heart event at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Lawrence High School scholarship fund and proceeds from the sale of the chairs was donated to the Merrimack Valley Habitat.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity shares a global vision where everyone has a decent place to live. We bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. We are building in Lawrence, Andover and Salisbury.

Working together we can make a difference.

Lawrence Public School ARTS Have a Heart Charity Art Auction to benefit MVHH


https://www.lawrence.k12.ma.us/index.php/district-events/1340-have-a-heart-art-auction-2018
https://www.essexartcenter.org/

 

Lawrence Public Schools Have A Heart charity auction

Hotel Management Company Donates Furnishings

Recently, Merrimack Valley ReStore was happy to accept a large shipment of furnishings from a hotel management company who is remodeling its properties. The donation included 37 desks, 79 headboards (king and queen), 119 mirrors of various sizes, and 36 lights, all in excellent condition. 

We are so grateful to have been the charity of choice for CorePoint Lodging LLC and its properties. Their donation is greatly appreciated and has been a wonderful addition to our inventory on the floor.

CorePoint Lodging owns a portfolio of 315 hotels and more than 40,000 rooms in attractive locations throughout the U.S. Properties in the CorePoint portfolio are primarily in or near employment centers, airports and major travel thoroughfares.

Meegan O’Neil joins Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity as Executive Director

Written by Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity

 
Meegan O'Neil - Executive Director

Meegan O’Neil – Executive Director

We are excited to welcome Meegan O’Neil as our new Executive Director.

“On behalf of the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity [MVHH] board of directors and staff, I am happy to announce that Meegan O’Neil is our new executive director as of November 26, 2018” beamed MVHH board president, Richard Sumberg.  “We are happy to have found a candidate who connects so well with Habitat’s mission, knows our network of Merrimack Valley communities, and shares our culture of accomplishment and creativity.” O’Neil can be reached at 978-681-8858 or meegan@merrimackvalleyhabitat.org.

O’Neil succeeds Randy Larson, who is retiring after a six-year tenure.

O’Neil’s talents as a values-based strategic leader were crafted in managing a broad range of executive leadership positions at YMCA of the North Shore, most recently, as its Chief Strategy Officer.

In 2019, with O’Neil’s leadership, Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity will complete its 100th home and continue the construction projects in Lawrence and the new projects in Andover and Salisbury. These homes will be made affordable to qualified low-income home buyers.

For 33 years and counting, Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity continues to partner with first-time home owners to build better lives for themselves and their families, helping them become successful home owners, caring neighbors, and contributing members of their Merrimack Valley community.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity is self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The Merrimack Valley affiliate shares a vision where everyone has a decent place to live. We bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity shares a global vision where everyone has a decent place to live.

We have been able to build 87 homes, rehab 11 homes and serve nearly 100 families since our founding in 1985.  thanks to the generosity of local supporters.

Join us.

Customer Remodels With ReStore Materials

As you know, our ReStore gets donations of all kinds. We are so fortunate to the individuals and organizations who think of us when clearing out their spaces. We’re able to offer great prices on everything from building materials and tools to home décor. 

One of our regular customers takes advantage of our great deals and has sent us photos of her recent remodel using materials that she has purchased from the ReStore. Thank you, Siham Sghir, for your continued support and congratulations on your beautiful project!

                    

                  

 

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