Go Green at Habitat ReStore’s Community Earth Day Celebration On Saturday, April 18th
Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore invites friends, neighbors and the general public to Go Green at its annual Community Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 18th from 10 to 4 at the ReStore , 829 Route 66, just north of 9H in Hudson.
Activities and displays will highlight re-using and re-imagining materials and items large and small from the ReStore. Bill Williams & the Oldies 93.5 sound truck will be on the scene from 10 to noon, and food will be available all day. In honor of Earth Day and ReStore’s savvy customers, all merchandise in the store will be reduced 10% off already-discounted prices the entire shopping day, from 9 to 5.
Throughout the celebration, several ReStore customers and volunteers will be re-purposing ReStore items. The results of their creativity will become the prizes in the Earth Day Go Green Raffle, to be drawn at 4 pm:
- Hall & Garden Benches: Livingston resident Jim Benton will turn a crate into a hall bench and a headboard and footboard into a long garden bench.
- Piano Cabinet: Tom McGill, an artist at 46 Green Street Studios in Hudson, will turn an upright piano into a one-of-a-kind cabinet.
For the first time, the ReStore will sponsor a Great Green Raffle for an outdoor children’s playhouse. On Earth Day, Geoffrey Leggieri of Hudson will be working on the playhouse, incorporating ReStore merchandise into a design chosen by visitors to the ReStore and its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReStoreHudson). Tickets for the completed playhouse will be on sale at the ReStore through Labor Day, and also at the community events where it will be displayed throughout the summer. The lucky winner will be drawn in September.
Earth Day participants can also check out the other Go Green activities, including:
- Kim Keogh of Kimba Ink in Copake will oversee the creation of the ReStore logo using tiles from the store’s inventory. Visitors will be encouraged to help with the mosaic, which will go on permanent display at the ReStore.
- The new ReStore Community Display Board will be inaugurated, displaying photos of the many marvelous ways that customers have used ReStore merchandise in their homes and yards. Earth Day visitors are encouraged to bring in their pictures of projects that use ReStore materials.
- Nancy Whelan of Claverack, who will help with the Community Display Board, will show how to re-use a picture/mirror frame as well as give customers a preview of her entry in the 2015 Catskill Cats competition.
- For gardeners who bring in soil samples, Cornell Cooperative Extension representatives will test for pH levels.
At the ReStore, every day is Earth Day. For the ultimate in recycling, the ReStore recommends Habitat’s Cars for Homes program. By donating a car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle, supporters help build Habitat homes for lower-income working families in Columbia County and may qualify for tax benefits as well. For more information, call Habitat at 518-828-0892 or pick up a brochure at the ReStore.
As always, ReStore visitors are encouraged to recycle cardboard and paper goods, including books – everything except pizza boxes – in the GreenFiber containers outside the store. GreenFiber turns the material collected into cellulose insulation, which has been used in the last two Habitat home builds.
ReStore proceeds go toward Columbia County Habitat construction projects, which serve local working families. More than 10,000 shoppers visit the ReStore every year. To volunteer, call ReStore Manager Marcia Witte at 518.828.0892.
Columbia County Habitat
What is the ReStore?
Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore sells new and gently-used goods and materials that have been donated by area residents and businesses. A favorite destination for savvy shoppers, the ReStore encourages re-use and recycling while generating revenue that supports Habitat’s affordable housing construction program. The ReStore keeps usable items out of landfills and offers buyers great bargains. More than 10,000 shoppers visit our ReStore in Hudson every year.
How do I donate to the ReStore?
It’s easy! You can deliver your goods for donation directly to the ReStore Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please call ahead to check that the items you’d like to donate can be accepted and that someone will be available to assist with your delivery. For larger items that you can’t bring in, call the ReStore office to discuss your proposed donation and to schedule a date and time for our volunteers to pick up your items. We provide completed donation forms for your use in tax reporting.
What goods & materials does the ReStore accept & sell?
The ReStore is delighted to accept the following donated items for sale to our customers:
- Furniture (un-upholstered)
- Large appliances (except dishwashers) in good working condition
- Kitchen and bathroom cabinets
- New/unused building materials, lumber, insulation and supplies
- Electrical, plumbing, flooring, roofing and carpentry supplies
- Light fixtures and lamps
- Solid wooden doors and double-glazed windows
- Major tools and equipment (except automotive and non-working power tools)
- Selected housewares, including new and gently-used small appliances
In addition, the ReStore often accepts other unique items, such as the recently-donated clawfoot tub, pottery wheel, Victorian room divide and painting collection. Again, please call ahead to make sure that your proposed donation can be accepted.
What do ReStore volunteers do?
The ReStore offers a friendly, cooperative environment for both volunteers and shoppers. Volunteers keep the store stocked, clean, well-organized and functioning efficiently and professionally.
Volunteers are needed Tuesdays through Saturdays to help pick up, sort and prepare donated merchandise, price goods, re-stock and tidy shelves and stage the sales floor. During store hours, volunteers assist shoppers. Volunteers also participate in the ReStore’s social media efforts, community outreach activities and special events.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and are welcome to work on a regularly-scheduled basis, occasionally or as a one-time experience.
How do I volunteer at the ReStore?
The ReStore’s successful operations depend on our volunteers. Click here to download a Volunteer Registration Form. You can check out the many areas of ReStore operations in which volunteers contribute their support and indicate your areas of interest. Or contact Marcia Witte, our ReStore Manager, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518.828.0892, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Let us hear from you to talk about joining our growing ReStore team! The ReStore really rocks!!