What’s going on at the Habitat Store
Work out at Leeside is temporarily paused due to the weather. One of our volunteers, Jean, reported that the street is icy and very difficult to navigate. This puts us a little behind but we feel confident we can make up lost time as the weather improves. If you’d like to help out, give us a call at (360) 715-9170 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Every hand can make a difference!
Join Our Store Advisory Committee
If you have retail expertise, we need you on our Store Advisory Committee. Committee members are volunteers who give back by sharing their knowledge, experience, and skills in these areas:
Help us make the Habitat Store even better! Contact:
| Amy Mitchell
|– or –||John Moon
Book Our Community Room
Construction on our offices in the back of the store is complete and we’re thrilled to offer the use of our community room to groups needing meeting space. Download an info sheet here and contact email@example.com to schedule.
Spotlight on the Store
Do you have retail experience and a passion for affordable housing? We need you on our Store Advisory Committee! The committee is made up of volunteer members who share their knowledge in an effort to make the Habitat Store a more successful retail outlet. We need members with skills in the following areas:
- and/or P&L
Proceeds from the store support our mission to eliminate poverty housing conditions here in Whatcom County and throughout the world. If you’re interested in helping us make the store the best it can be, please contact:
| Amy Mitchell
|– or –||John Moon
Parking at the Habitat Store
We were moved this past Saturday to see so many of our community members exercise their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. But we were somewhat dismayed by the corresponding takeover of our parking lot.
And the proof is in the numbers: the Habitat Store saw a reduction of $1,328.00 in sales compared to the same Saturday last year because regular customers did not have access to the parking lot. If you parked in the Habitat Store lot, your voice was paid for by Whatcom County’s poorest in the amount of $26.56 per parking spot. This is hard cash that will not be available to purchase lumber, ironically for the current Women Build project in Birch Bay. If you parked at Habitat, please consider sending a check for $25.00 or whatever your heart and circumstances allow, to Habitat for Humanity, 1825 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 98225 or donate online at networkforgood.org. Please help turn this problem into a blessing.
Donating to the Habitat Store Couldn’t Be Easier!
Did you know that we offer a free pick-up service for large donations? Our friendly pick-up crew will drive out to your home, office, or storage facility, load your donation onto the Habitat truck, and drive it gratefully away. All you need to do is call the store at (360) 778-2036 or click here to schedule a convenient time.
What to Expect
When you call or click, we’ll ask you for some information about where you’re located, the items you’re donating, and the best time to come collect your donation. Please note that it is highly unlikely that we’ll be able to provide same-day service. More often than not, we’re scheduling about a week out. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get you on our calendar!
When Our Crew Arrives
Our truck is manned by dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to Habitat’s mission to end poverty housing. We do our best to screen your donation ahead of time to ensure that:
- there’s enough room on the truck
- nothing is too heavy for our crew to lift and load safely
- every item can be resold in our store
From time to time, however, our crew arrives to find items they cannot take (a piano, for example, which we do accept but are unable to pick up). It’s best to give us a thorough list when you schedule your donation that way we can inform you of any conflicts immediately.
After they’ve loaded up your donation, our crew will ask you to complete a brief survey about the service we provided. They’ll also ask you for a monetary donation to help defray the cost of this free service. If you’re able, please give whatever your heart and circumstances allow so that we can continue to offer donation pick-up in Whatcom County. Finally, they’ll thank you – from all of us – for donating to Habitat.
Volunteer at the Habitat Store!
One of our most steadfast, dedicated store volunteers is leaving us next month. A military veteran, Carmen approaches her job in our receiving department with the kind of thoroughness and inexhaustibility one might expect from a former member of the armed forces. We are sorry to see her go but very grateful for all she’s given us.
Train with Carmen
Carmen works Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm. We don’t expect to find one person to replace her, but if you’re interested in helping out at Habitat and are available for a regular shift sometime within Carmen’s working hours, let us know! Carmen will be leaving us mid-January so new volunteers who start soon will be able to train directly with her.
Get Started Today!
If you’ve never volunteered with Habitat before, you’ll need to:
- Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form
- Complete a liability waiver
- Schedule an orientation with Janet, our Volunteer Coordinator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 360.715.9170 ext. 1016
If you’ve already completed your orientation, paperwork, and background check, contact Janet to sign up for a shift. Carmen will be happy to show you the ropes!
Things are moving right along with our build out in Birch Bay. Last week we completed the formwork for the foundation footing. Yesterday we poured the footing and tomorrow we’ll set the forms for the stem wall. Once the foundation is complete, we can build a house with the Ortiz family! Want to help? Email Janet at email@example.com or call (360) 715-9170.
Work for Habitat
We’re hiring in the store! We’re looking for a full-time Assistant Store Manager and a part-time Donation Ambassador/Warehouse Attendant/Driver. If you’re passionate about the need for affordable housing, Habitat might be a great fit for you. Come on in and apply!
Join Our Carpenters Club to Build without Lifting a Hammer
It takes more than labor to build a house. For every home we must raise about $150,000 for land and materials. We’ve relaunched our Carpenters Club giving program – an easy and convenient way to help build without ever breaking a sweat. By signing up to give monthly recurring donations through your credit card, debit card, or bank account, you help create a reliable stream of monetary support that is vital to building safe, decent, affordable shelter in partnership with working families. Call Hillary at (360) 715-9170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Click here and choose monthly donation frequency to sign up now. When you give, you build!
Celebrating the Store’s Second Anniversary in Bellingham
In 2009, we opened Habitat Store Whatcom in Ferndale. In June of 2014, we opened another store in Bellingham. We’ve since closed the Ferndale location, concentrating our retail operation in Bellingham. It’s been a rewarding 2 years with plenty of challenges to keep us growing as well as daily inspiration that helps to keep our eyes on our vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We’re proud to offer Bellingham a retail outlet that actively helps bring that vision closer and closer to reality for our local community.
Come Celebrate with Us!
Today the store employs 10 hard-workers who are excited to earn a living wage in a way that makes a positive impact on others. We’re excited to celebrate the store’s success in Bellingham with you and invite you to come by today for cookies while you browse!
Habitat Store Pays Living Wage
In August of 2015 our Board of Directors approved an ambitious plan to raise the minimum wage for non-probationary employees to $15.00 per hour. For months now we at Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County have been working toward that goal. Today we’re excited to announce our hard-won success: Habitat Store Whatcom now pays its staff living wages.
Aligning Mission and Operations
Our mission at Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing conditions throughout the world. In the words of John Moon, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County, “It seems disingenuous to fight against poverty but pay poverty wages.” To better align our operations with our mission, a wage increase was necessary. Store staff, led by Manager Julia Menkee, has worked diligently for over 8 months to increase donations which in turn increases sales, thereby turning Habitat Store Whatcom into a retailer that can prioritize a living wage for its staff.
Strong Store, Strong Mission
It’s not just the staff who benefit from a stronger-performing Habitat Store. Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County – like any organization – has overhead. With its unprecedented level of financial support, the store helps to defray those costs. And when overhead is earned and not supported by donations, all donations help more families in need of a simple, decent, affordable home. “This means, true to Habitat’s hand-up, not hand-out core value, donations are invested and not consumed,” says John Moon. “As Habitat homes are sold at cost, not given away, purchased or donated materials are transformed into a mortgage income stream and the mortgage income stream purchases building materials for the next project.”
Help Keep Our Store Strong
The success of the Habitat Store and the Habitat Living Wage Initiative depends on the generosity of Whatcom County residents donating new and gently used household and construction items. Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County has successfully completed 40 projects since 1988 and is looking forward to beginning a 24-home project in Bellingham in 2017. Your donations help keep our store strong and help to turn home projects from great ideas to life-altering realities. Your donations build homes and change lives!
Volunteers Clean Up Whatcom Habitat Store
Habitat for Humanity Whatcom Store volunteers donated their time on Monday, December 7 to reorganize and tidy up the store so shoppers will have a more pleasant experience and easily locate our many great items! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for rolling up their sleeves and making the Habitat Store look great!
Click here for more information on how you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County.
Up To 75% Off Sale: Saturday Dec. 12
Make plans to visit us this Saturday to take advantage of some big savings–up to 75% off! Whether you’re looking to prepare for the holidays, or find the perfect gift, we have plenty of options at great prices.
Big Savings This Saturday – Nov. 14
Make plans to visit us this Saturday to take advantage of some big savings–up to 75% off! Whether you’re looking to prepare for the holidays, or just looking to update a room or office, we have plenty of options at great prices.