Richmond Habitat takes First Global Village Trip!

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One of the most unique parts about Habitat for Humanity is that we are an organization that works worldwide to build safe, affordable homes for hardworking families.  Habitat for Humanity has offices in over 70 countries around the world.
This year, Richmond Habitat took the opportunity to bring a group of volunteers to Siem Reap, Cambodia to experience building a home abroad through Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program.
Volunteers spent the week working alongside our new Cambodian friends to build a home for a local family.  We ended our week with a beautiful dedication ceremony where we threw flower petals in the air to celebrate the new homeowners, ate traditional Cambodian food and fruits, and played some games with local villagers.  The experience was incredibly rewarding and really helped to show the power and impact of Habitat around the world.
If you are interested in learning more about future Global Village trips, contact Whitney Guthrie at wguthrie@richmondhabitat.org.

3 Types of Waste You Can Reuse Around the House

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From food scraps to packaging materials and everything in between, every household produces waste. However, there are many ways you can improve the sustainability of your home.  You can recycle, purchase environmentally friendly goods, and get creative. Here’s some types of waste you may not have thought about reusing.

 

Coffee

If you are a coffee lover, don’t throw away the grounds. Save them for your plants and garden. Grounds are rich in nitrogen, and they will help you grow tastier veggies.  You can also use grounds as a light natural dye. It’s also an abrasive that you can use to scrub pans, or even to exfoliate!

 

 

Jars

Save that old jar.  Most glass and metal jars can be easily recycled — or you can use them creatively.  Old glass jars make charming flower pots. They’re also a great way to store things in your pantry, organize craft supplies, or as a container for gifts like recipe kits.  “Upcycling” is also a great excuse to make mini cheesecakes…

 

Newspaper

If you are stuck with a pile of old newspapers, you could take them to the recycle bin… or get crafty.  With a little patience and time, you can make incredibly cool things with old newspapers such as baskets. It’s also a great way to reduce weeds: soak the paper in water, lay it on the ground, and cover the paper with compost or mulch.

 

April is our favorite month! At the ReStore, we’re celebrating with a big sale, food, and vendors.

Thanks for helping reduce waste in our environment.  If you have furniture, appliances, or other home goods you’d like to keep out of the landfill, make sure to drop them off at the Richmond Habitat ReStore.

 

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

Thomas Jefferson Students Volunteer at Richmond ReStore

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Davis always reports to work with an Ernie doll named Iggy.  He uses a wheelchair and doesn’t speak much. Davis is a special needs student at Thomas Jefferson High School — and a volunteer at the Richmond Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  He enjoys the four mile bus ride from school to the store twice a month so he can help out.

In 2015, Rudy Hall, a TJHS Special Education teacher, approached ReStore’s volunteer coordinator Jenn Wilson about a potential partnership. Since then, the students have helped clean and organize many of the departments with the help of a one-on-one aide.

 

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One of the students flagship projects was an overhaul of the so-called “knick knack room” — a daunting and chaotic closet full of all the things that are hard to organize.  Their effort made it possible to store the fruits of a large donation.

“Volunteering at the ReStore provides our class with vocational experience,” says Rudy.  “And being out in the community increases their self esteem.  The kids look forward to coming.”

Jennifer agrees. “Everyone is employable. The skills that they’re learning here will help them after they graduate. And the best part is that they feel a sense of accomplishment and have a sense of pride in their work.”

The kids work hard.  They complete any task they’re asked to do, whether it’s sweeping, cleaning, or organizing.  Sometimes the aides make a song about the assigned task for the day and everyone sings together.

“I like doing this because we laugh,” says Kendrick, a student.  “And act goofy!” adds his friend Wright with a big smile.

 

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