Time for spring spruce-up

By David Still April 10, 2009 12:52 pm

As many of you may have noticed in a recent Observer article, Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity Inc. is in the middle of a home-building project here in La Grande, right now, thanks to all of the community’s support. One of the new ways that your local Habitat affiliate generates revenue is by operating a thrift store we call “Restore ... The Store that Builds Homes.’’

Our Restore is located in the old Dome Plumbing property, 2304 East R Ave., which is behind Wendy’s and McDonald’s restaurants. It is stocked with new and used building materials, some major appliances and sinks.

We also stock electrical equipment such as lights and also some paint and plumbing supplies. There are numerous miscellaneous items also.

We work closely with businesses, building contractors and the community at large to collect usable materials that otherwise might wind up in landfills. So, for example, if you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen and are getting new cabinets or other appliances, consider donating your old ones and receive a tax deduction for your donation. The proceeds generated are then used to build more affordable housing by Habitat.

Now that you are all thinking about spring and waiting for it to arrive, you can look in your garage or basement and after you recover from the shock, you can gather all your usable building materials and bring them to the Restore. If you have questions about what they will take, you can call them at 963-2414 for clarification.

Remember, Habitat needs volunteers to work at the Restore as well as on the housing work crews. Your service makes it possible for Habitat to continue its growth. The store needs your volunteer time to serve the public. If you can serve, please call the store for specifics.

While the Restore is adding strength to our local effort to build affordable housing, we continue to need the donations of money and your time to build houses. The whole community is under continuing economic pressure right now to do more with less and I would ask that you consider your investment in Habitat as one that leverages an exceptional return. Both the effort and the returns are local.

You can mail your tax-deductible donation to Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity Inc., P.O. Box 111, La Grande 97850.

David Still is development coordinator for Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity Inc.