Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donation Day May 17

SILVER CREEK Habitat for Humanity has existed in Chautauqua County since 1989, and has completed 25 homes with affordable mortgages with no interest for low income families. Habitat for Humanity is a “hand-up” not a “hand-out” organization. It provides an opportunity for those less fortunate to take control of their own futures and realize their home ownership dreams. Construction is currently underway on a house at 24 Knight St., Silver Creek for a family of four; at 7 Patterson St., Mayville for a family of six; and at 23 Tew St., Jamestown for a family of three.

Buffalo Habitat for Humanity is much larger than Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity (CAHfH), and is thus able to maintain two ReStore operations in its region. ReStore is a retail outlet that sells 100 percent donated new and gently used goods to benefit Buffalo Habitat for Humanity. They sell many different types of items in the way of home furnishings and building improvement materials.

CAHfH is partnering with Buffalo Habitat to gather donations that can be sold at the south area Buffalo ReStore at 1675 South Park Ave. in South Buffalo. By collecting gently used and new goods, they are kept out of our landfills, and are made available to families in need of a wide variety of goods, some of which may be used for home improvement projects. This can bring awareness to local efforts and hopefully inspire more people to volunteer their time and/or to donate to local projects.

The North County Satellite of Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity will hold a ReStore Donation Day on May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, 60 Buffalo St., Silver Creek, where people’s donations will be loaded into a ReStore truck for delivery to the South Buffalo ReStore.

ReStore donations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrical and plumbing parts and fixtures (old models, replacement parts, obsolete materials)
  • Furniture (something that you would consider buying second hand; i.e., useable)
  • Hardware (nails, bolts, hand and power tools, etc.)
  • Flooring (hardwood, ceramic, vinyl, rugs & sizeable remnants)
  • Large and small appliances (used appliances less than 10 years old in workable condition, including TVs)
  • Windows and doors that can be used again
  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry/fixtures

No used electronic devices, such as computers, cell phones, etc.

All donations are tax-deductible and allow for the responsible recycling of usable goods.

All three Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity sites are actively soliciting volunteers to assist in the construction work currently in progress. Even if you have never wielded a hammer or sawed wood, you can volunteer. There are many jobs available for skilled as well as not-yet-skilled volunteers.

For further information about donations or volunteer opportunities, e-mail mkurzawa6@gmail.com or call 934-9543. Your inquiries are always welcomed.