COVID-19 Response: We will be suspending all volunteer activities until further notice.
The Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County ReStores sell donated materials to raise money in support of Habitat Oakland County’s Home Ownership Program. Habitat Oakland County relies on volunteers to power our ReStores in Waterford and Farmington Hills. By doing jobs that paid staff normally do, you allow the ReStores to give even more of the proceeds to Habitat Oakland County, helping local families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Join our ReStore staff for a morning or afternoon of organizing and moving merchandise, customer service, helping our drivers and more. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to work and be part of Habitat Oakland County’s mission. Please contact our Volunteer Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on group or individual ReStore volunteer opportunities.
Q: Do I need to have special skills?
A: No experience is required – just a willingness to work and to learn! Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 20-40 pounds for Merchandising, Driver Helper, Home Goods Department Leader, and Organizer positions. However, there are plenty of opportunities where no lifting is necessary as well!
Q: How old does a ReStore volunteer need to be?
A: To volunteer at our ReStores, you must be at least 13 years of age. Youth ages 13-18 are not permitted to use power tools or be on ladders. All youth volunteers must bring fully completed a Youth Liability Waiver form filled out and signed by their parent/guardian.
Q: When can I volunteer at the ReStore?
A: Our volunteer days are currently Wednesday through Saturday of each week at our Farmington Hills ReStore, and Thursday through Saturday at our Waterford ReStore. The ReStores offer both a morning (10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and an afternoon shift (1:30 to 5:30 p.m.). Each volunteer may sign up for one, or both shifts during a day. New volunteers at the ReStore will be given a thorough orientation, and all volunteers will check in at the front desk and complete a waiver form.
Q: What do I need to bring to the ReStore?
A: Please bring work gloves, lunch or snacks, water bottle, and sturdy/closed shoes (no flip flops, sandals, or crocs).
Q: What if I’m doing community service for school or for the courts?
A: All school community service hours can be verified by our manager supervising you during your shift. All court ordered community service must contact our Volunteer Department at email@example.com in order to set up a meeting prior to volunteering. In the e-mail please include the details of your offense and your availability. You cannot perform your community service hours with Habitat if your offense is related to a violent crime. The only volunteer opportunities available for court-ordered community service are in our ReStores.
Cashier – It just makes cents to be part of our community! Our Cashiers will work the cash register proficiently, know sales promotions for the day, direct customers to the concierge desk, guide customers through the store and answer general questions. NOTE: The cashier position requires the commitment to regular weekly shifts due to the training time required.
Merchandising – Are you a give and take kind of person? You will fit right in with us! Come be social and have fun in our ReStores! Our Merchandising Volunteers will help our donors as they unload their donations, and provide each donor with the appropriate paperwork for their donation. After taking the donations, the focus will be pricing the donated items, and giving them to the appropriate department.
Home Goods Product Organizer – If you don’t like going to the gym but want to stay fit, then this is the place for you! Our Organizer Volunteers will move our merchandise individually or in a group for select departments, making our ReStore look the best it can be!
Pricing – Do you love the Price is Right? Be a part of something larger and be social in our wonderful ReStore community! Take some time to research items and price them according to their value. Some items are used, some are new, but each one will have a unique price.
Driver Helper – Come along for the ride and join our fun loving team! Ride along in our Habitat for Humanity ReStore 24′ truck picking up donations and delivering them to the store for intake.
Greeter – Your hair looks great today! Do you like giving people compliments and making them feel good? We are looking for you to join our community of volunteers! Our Greeter Volunteers will welcome and greet customers as they enter the store and wish them a great day on their way out. In between the friendly community our Greeters will also keep store areas neat, tidy and safe.
Home Goods Department Leader – We know you are a go-getter!. Get the job done while you work with a fantastic team of people and bond over a lamp. Our Department Leader Volunteers make sure the merchandise in their assigned department is cleaned, priced, and brought out on the sales floor in a timely manner. Each Leader Volunteer ensures that merchandise is displayed nicely and answers customer questions. Lastly, they make sure all furniture or other donated items get the (sometimes much needed) TLC they need!