Published on September 20, 2015
1. Transforming ReStore Unutilized Donations into Repurposed Fundraising Arts & Crafts Mark Miller: Board Chair
2. The use of something for a purpose other than its original intended used. Repurposing an item can be done by modifying it to fit a new use, or by using the item as is in a new way. Repurposing is essentially a form of recycling. Instead of throwing an item away, an individual or business finds a new use for it. This can be a cost-effective strategy, since items that can be used instead of discarded prevent a household/business from having to purchase new, possibly expensive items.
3. A ReStore is a discount department store, run by Habitat for Humanity. Funds from the sale of donated items are used to change lives, “One Home At a Time“. The ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials, furniture, and other items. Then sells them to the public at discounted prices. All the profits go to the Habitat Affiliate to build homes for families in need. There are over 850 ReStores across North America. Habitat provides a great way to keep reusable materials out of the waste streams and landfills, while providing funding for Habitat’s work.
4. Our Vision: Where every person has access to decent houses in decent communities, can experience God’s love, and is able to grow into all that God intends. Our Mission: Using the resources God has given us to eliminate poverty housing in Northwest Wisconsin and beyond. About WRHfH: WRHfH is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. WRHfH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
5. …instead of spending funds to send them to a landfill?
6. What is needed? ◦ The creative energy of resourceful volunteers. ◦ Work space with tools. ◦ Dedicated, supportive ReStore customers.
7. Ideas: at this point, not good or bad – just ideas.
8. Birdhouses Furniture Benches Shelving ? Garden sheds Green house Playhouse Sauna ?
9. from the Polk County Recycling Center, just down the road on Highway 8. Drop off or exchange paint at Polk County Recycling Center April 1 - September 15.
10. Lumber with defects, twisted or warped Display models Discontinued items
11. …in order to build more homes.
12. Is this a viable project? Who is interested in participating? Where could we have a workshop? Tools? Storage? Resale possibilities?
13. Can trash be transformed into treasure? ◦ Is this a workable fundraiser for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity?
14. We could connect with past & present Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Seek new community involvement. ◦ Senior centers ◦ 4H groups ◦ Boy Scouts ◦ High Schools, Community Education Class ◦ Submit an article about the project in the local papers and include contact information for interested volunteers.
15. Are there other location possibilities?
16. Similar to what Public Television or Public Radio does, such as: ◦ If you donate $50, you get a repurposed birdhouse ◦ If you donate $500, you get a repurposed garden shed ◦ If you donate $5,000, you get a repurposed playhouse