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ReStore Fix-it Shop

ReStore Fix-it-Shop Volunteer Opportunity
The Re-Store benefits from wonderful donations from a wide range of sources.  Our Fix-it Shop is the first stop for many items before going to the sales floor when the condition needs to be assessed. 
Electrical items such as tools, major and small appliances are to be sold in working condition.  The Shop volunteer will assess items to see if they are operable and saleable.  Minor repairs will occur if required.

From time to time furniture will come to the ReStore needing to be repaired, re-glued or touched up.  The Shop volunteer will make repairs utilizing the comprehensive tool and parts resources available here.
Volunteer opportunities are scheduled in 2 hours or more shifts on Tuesdays , Thursdays and Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm.

A Fix-it-Shop volunteer enjoys the satisfaction of taking things once broken or discarded and making them once again something that our customers want to purchase.  100% of the profits from the store go to finance the important work of Housatonic Habitat for Humanity.

If you are considering volunteering for the Fix-it Shop at the ReStore please view the Current Safety Practices video below.

Aging in Place

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers that love to putter around the house doing their own DIY projects and repairs. We are also looking for a few volunteers with leadership qualities and experience with basic home repairs that are willing to take on the responsibility of assessing projects/jobs for time required, materials, tools and the number of volunteers needed to complete the project/job. This lead volunteer would also be required to be on site for the duration of the project to coordinate and direct the volunteers/volunteer groups as the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity's representative.

A Brush with Kindness

“A Brush with Kindness” (aka ABWK) program helps underserved homeowners struggling to maintain their homes, allowing them to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. The program works in conjunction with our existing core program Aging in Place enabling us to serve more families while increasing volunteer opportunities and expanding our base of sponsors.

ABWK helps revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods, strengthens connections within the community, and helps preserve affordable housing stock.  ABWK services are relatively small projects consisting of exterior work such as painting, patching, minor repair, landscaping, or replacement of materials for the purposes of maintaining good and sound condition. Other types of projects could be considered as Weatherization such as interior and exterior work, replacement of windows and doors, caulking/foaming cracks and gaps, insulating openings, attics, crawl spaces, and insulating walls. Still other types of projects could be considered as Critical Home Repair such as extensive siding and trim repair/replacement, major roof repair or replacement, porch or wheelchair ramp construction, installation of heating, electrical, or plumbing, floor and wall replacement, and foundation repair.

Estimated completion time could range from 1 day to 1 week or more. Projects are scheduled according to the current needs of the community.

If you are considering volunteering for our Aging in Place program please view the Current Safety Practices video below.


Russ Faroni is the Site Supervisor. He will provide you with your work assignment and ensure that you have the proper training to perform the task.

Type of involvement/tasks volunteers can expect:

Following all safety and security guidelines
Dress for construction-related work (Closed-Toed Shoes)
Performing general construction-related tasks
Working with hand/power tools
Measuring, cutting, framing, & finishing
Sanding, painting, & trim-work
Lifting objects & moving materials
Installing windows, hardware, components & more
Clean-up, landscaping, & inspecting
Working with a range of material types
Working with volunteers, homeowners, & staff
Volunteers/helpers are briefed before beginning any construction-related work
Builds/construction projects take place within Fairfield and Litchfield Counties

Projects are scheduled according to the current Housatonic Habitat build schedule.

If you are considering volunteering for our Aging in Place program please view the Current Safety Practices video below.

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