Support affordable housing by donating to or shopping at Habitat ReStores in Peterborough and Lindsay

By donating items to one of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region's three ReStores in Lindsay and Peterborough, you are not only keeping items out of the landfill but are helping local families achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.  You also support the work of Habitat for Humanity when you shop at Habitat ReStores, non-profit home improvement and building supply stores that sell gently used building materials, furniture, appliances, and home decor items.  (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)
By donating items to one of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region’s three ReStores in Lindsay and Peterborough, you are not only keeping items out of the landfill but are helping local families achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. You also support the work of Habitat for Humanity when you shop at Habitat ReStores, non-profit home improvement and building supply stores that sell gently used building materials, furniture, appliances, and home decor items. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)

2022 marks the 20-year anniversary of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. Since 2002, the regional affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada has helped 82 local families achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

One way the non-profit charitable organization supports its work is through its Habitat ReStores — non-profit home improvement and building supply stores that accept and resell new and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances, and home decor items.

Whether you’re decluttering a book collection, renovating a kitchen, or looking for a new home for furniture, donating to a Habitat ReStore is a socially conscious decision to support affordable housing.

Habitat ReStores sell furniture, appliances, home building materials including doors and windows, lighting, electronics and home decor, as well as books and media.  Revenues from sales support Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region.  (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)
Habitat ReStores sell furniture, appliances, home building materials including doors and windows, lighting, electronics and home decor, as well as books and media. Revenues from sales support Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)

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“The ReStores fund our operations,” says Communications and Donor Services Manager Jenn MacDonald. “That means any cash donations that come in directly support our building projects.”

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region operates three ReStores: one in Lindsay at 55 Angeline Street North and two in Peterborough at 550 Braidwood Avenue and 300 Milroy Drive. All locations are open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

“We have appliances, furniture, home building materials, lighting, electronics, home decor, books, media — all that good stuff,” MacDonald says. “There’s a lot you can find at a Habitat ReStore.”

Habitat ReStore workers can remove your unwanted kitchen cabinetry or pick up your already disassembled cabinetry, free of charge.  (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)
Habitat ReStore workers can remove your unwanted kitchen cabinetry or pick up your already disassembled cabinetry, free of charge. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)

You can donate to ReStores in ways you might not be aware of, such as through the Kitchen Salvage Program.

Residents of the City and County of Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton Highlands who are doing renovations can arrange for a skilled team of experienced “salvagers” to come in to remove building materials such as windows, cabinets, and doors, for free.

“These larger items are often highly requested at the ReStores,” MacDonald explains. “They leave the stores quite quickly and are a good source of revenue for the organization.”

For people doing their own home renovations, having an experienced team come right into their homes to remove larger, unwanted items can be helpful. It is also a good opportunity to make sure the fixtures are removed safely and without damage, so they remain in good condition for resale at the ReStores. To arrange a salvage, please contact Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region’s Procurement Manager Mario Zambonin at [email protected] or call 705-927-0312.

If you are renovating your home and have unwanted doors, windows, and cabinets, you can donate them to a Habitat ReStore.  These items are often highly requested at the ReStores and are a good source of income for the organization.  (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)
If you are renovating your home and have unwanted doors, windows, and cabinets, you can donate them to a Habitat ReStore. These items are often highly requested at the ReStores and are a good source of income for the organization. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)

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During the height of the pandemic, there was a fee for the pick-up service as Habitat had to outsource the service to a third-party company for health and safety reasons. However, the pick-up service is back to being free of charge now that Habitat workers are managing the service again.

MacDonald encourages people who want to arrange a donation pickup for larger items to call the Procurement Department at 705-874-3458 or email [email protected], as there are standards for what donations can be accepted.

People may also not be aware that Habitat ReStores also accepts donations of materials for recycling instead of resale.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be sold,” MacDonald explains. “We can offer recycling programs that also create revenue for us to put into our programs.”

ReStores accept and resell home appliances and electronics.  They also accept electronic and textile waste as well as scrap metal for recycling, easing the burden on landfills while generating revenue to support the work of Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region.  (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)
ReStores accept and resell home appliances and electronics. They also accept electronic and textile waste as well as scrap metal for recycling, easing the burden on landfills while generating revenue to support the work of Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)

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ReStores can accept electronic waste as well as scrap metal. This waste is then recycled, easing the burden on landfills, and Habitat for Humanity uses the alternative form of revenue to further support their local building projects.

“Our main mission at Habitat is to help local families and now individuals have access to safe, decent, and affordable homeownership,” explains MacDonald. “We build and rehabilitate homes in the Peterborough and Kawartha Region, and invite those interested to apply to be a homeowner.”

If you don’t have items to donate to a Habitat ReStore, you can also support the organization by shopping there. For the rest of this year, Habitat ReStores are running a promotion to celebrate the organization’s 20-year anniversary. People who go into the store on the 20th day of the month and spend over $100 will get a $20 coupon for their next purchase.

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Anyone who cannot make it to a ReStore in person is welcome to call or message a Habitat ReStore, and a worker will let them know what is in stock if they are looking for a specific item.

“We can help them virtually,” MacDonald says. “We can walk through the stores to find a desired item, and even send photos and dimensions. We offer that service for folks who maybe don’t want to come into the store directly.”

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region’s three Habitat ReStores are more than just home improvement and building supply stores. Whether you have items to donate or whether you are shopping for affordable items for your own home, you will know you are helping local families achieve their dream of affordable homeownership.

For more information about Habitat ReStores, visit habitatpkr.ca/restores/. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region, including volunteer opportunities, visit habitatpkr.ca.

This branded editorial was created in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. If your business or organization is interested in a branded editorial, contact us.

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