Habitat For Humanity seeking volunteers

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In late spring, Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity (RAHFH) will open a surplus and gently-used building supply resale shop. Not only will this effort keep these items out of landfills, but proceeds support RAHFH’s mission to build affordable homes for low-income families. The ReStore will be at 1020 W. Riverside Blvd. in North Towne Mall, Rockford.

Although a manager will be hired, the ReStore will be staffed by volunteers. Anyone with an interest in keeping building materials out of landfills, helping low-income families, and using their customer service skills should contact RAHFH for details.

The ReStore will receive its inventory from materials donated by local builders, contractors, and homeowners involved in remodeling projects. Potential ReStore customers include anyone looking for a bargain; including landlords, new homeowners, and do-it-yourselfers.

RAHFH continues to seek volunteers for other tasks as well. Areas of need include office support, special events and construction management.

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, incorporated in 1987, is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that works in partnership with people in need of decent shelter to build simple, affordable houses. Habitat homeowners purchase their houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgages while contributing hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” labor working on the homes.

For more information about volunteering, or a list of acceptable ReStore donations, go to www.rockfordhabitat.com or call the office at 815-636-4573

From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue

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