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Students Help at the Morris Habitat ReStore

The Alternative Press Staff

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 • 2:05pm

MADISON, NJ - A number of high school students have found that volunteering at the Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore is more than just putting in some hours for a good cause.  They come when they can, usually on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, although Thursday evenings the ReStore is open until 8 p.m.  They can come with a friend or make new friends, learn some new skills, and help customers find just the right purchases and in the process, help Morris Habitat raise funds for affordable housing.

James Nigro from Mendham started volunteering on Fridays or Saturdays just a week or two after the ReStore opened at their new location in Randolph, just off Route 10 across from the Kmart Plaza, and has found it to be great fun.

Each of the students started helping for different a  reason, one through their church CCD, another after helping at a ReStore event with 11th Hour Pet Rescue, and another after their father researched volunteer opportunities and came up with Morris Habitat.

Lucas Citarelli from Mountain Lakes said the special events at the ReStore are “so cool”.  He said, “You’ll come out for the fun and the free hot dogs and cake and then the day goes really quickly with the crowds that show up.  I love working with the customers.”

Erin Quinn, the new ReStore Assistant Manager said, “These kids are wonderful and their enthusiasm is contagious.  We’d love to have more high school students come and join in.”

For more information on Morris Habitat, or to volunteer, go to the website at www.morrishabitat.org  or contact the Morris Habitat for Humanity Office in Randolph, NJ at 973-891-1934 or the ReStore at 973-366-3358.  

About Morris Habitat for Humanity 

Morris Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing agency dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families in Morris County and the surrounding New Jersey area.  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses in partnership with families in need.  Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 254 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. The organization has plans to build an additional 80 units and preserve 40 homes within the next 5 years. In addition, proceeds from our ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 8 homes and diverted over 3,000 tons of useable material out of landfills.  For more information about Morris Habitat call 973-891-1934  or visit www.morrishabitat.org.  

About Morris Habitat ReStore

Operated by Morris Habitat for Humanity, the ReStore sells donated building supplies and furnishings at huge savings off normal retail costs. Proceeds from the store have funded the construction of 8 houses since 2007 and kept more than 3,000 tons of material out of landfills. Information on donating, volunteering, or any other aspect of the ReStore can be found on its website atwww.morrisrestore.org or by calling (973) 366-3358.

Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph, NJ 07869, the ReStore is open Wednesday-Friday 10-6, Thursday 10-8, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 10-5.  Cash, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Donation drop offs can be made during store hours, or for larger items call 973-366-3358 to schedule a pick-up. Donations are tax-deductible. 

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