Sheila – Simcoe ReStore Volunteer

1) Why did you decide to become a Habitat for Humanity ReStore volunteer?

A: I decided to volunteer my time as I was feeling the need for more of a schedule in my life after 50 years in the full time work world since my grandchildren are both in school now and because I felt that I had something to offer to some organization that viewed the world in the much the same way that I do.  I have been blessed through out my life to be able to say that although I have struggled at many times, I have never gone without the necessities of life. I have always been a firm believer in the theory of reduce, reuse and recycle.
2) What are you enjoying most about volunteering at the ReStore?
A: I am enjoying the comradeship among staff, other volunteers and clients.  There is a real feeling of being able to help others whether it is with finding what they are looking for, offering suggestions as to how they might accomplish what they need by use of alternative products and or often by just listening and learning from their life stories and often their ingenuity in accomplishing what they want and need in life.
3) Would you encourage other people to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity?
If yes, why? If no, why not?
A: I would definitely encourage others to volunteer if they love to help and are able to thrive in an environment that can be fast paced but needs to be tempered with patience and caring.
4) Is there anything you didn’t know about Habitat for Humanity before you started volunteering that you now find interesting, important, or want to share with the general public?
A: Before starting at Restore I wasn’t fully aware of what a population of consumers we have become and how readily we throw out the old to bring in something new.  This organization offers new insight on the re purposing of previously used things as well as allowing friends and families of people who are leaving their own homes to dispose of their life’s accumulation of goods and memories in a place that makes that process a “feel good” experience.