Kinney, Fernandez & Boire’s Community Action Program is a unique philanthropic effort that empowers employees to give time in the community through paid time off for volunteerism. As part of our efforts, the KFB Law blog will spotlight a Tampa nonprofit that an employee has volunteered at each month. We hope to drive awareness, donations and participation from the Tampa Bay community.
Hien’s day in the community was spent with Habitat for Humanity ReStore. She chose this organization because of the services they provide to the community. She especially related to their mission, “everyone deserves a better place to live and grow.” For many, owning a place of their own is an absolute dream, and without Habitat for Humanity, they wouldn’t have the chance to achieve it.
As for the role ReStore plays, they sell household items, home improvement materials and more that are in great condition at an affordable price. The ReStore then uses the proceeds from those sales to help build strength, stability and shelter in local communities and around the world. It’s a circle that benefits so many.
Individuals, stores, businesses, general contractors, home remodeling contractors, and others regularly donate new and reusable materials from home remodeling projects, new overstock inventory, samples, scratch and dent items, and much more. Salvaged materials from buildings being demolished and other items removed are also donated and sold to the public at approximately 50% off retail prices. Their donors recycle, their shoppers reuse, and the landfills aren’t overflowing with durable, nonperishable materials – all in support of Habitat’s mission.
Hien helped move furniture around the main floor during her volunteer day. She also took materials that had been sitting out to the dumpsters. This made additional room for new inventory. Many people came and loaded the discarded items from the trash area into their vehicles for use elsewhere. Very little was wasted or unused, which is precisely how the ReStore likes it.
If you would like to learn more about Habitat for Humanity, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or how you can help donate time or materials, visit habitat.org. You can also visit any of their three ReStore locations in Hillsborough County at 3738 East Hillsborough Avenue (just west of 40th Street on the north side of Hillsborough Avenue) and at 11236 West Hillsborough Avenue (in the Silvermill Plaza) and their newest ReStore at 501 W. Robertson St. in Brandon.