Heroes Among Us
Our volunteers are ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things. Starting in 2020, we have decided to start honoring our volunteers monthly.
So without further ado, our January Volunteer of the month!
|Question~Why did you choose to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County?
Chris~ I had wanted to get involved with Habitat doing (the Construction) Builds but the timing just never worked out. And then one of the volunteer coordinators contacted me and asked if maybe the ReStore would be a better fit. And it definitely was.
Question~What do you enjoy most about volunteering at the ReStore?
Chris~ The variety of work. I get to do anything from unloading the truck to testing the electronics to doing vignettes in the store and doing the cash register. At first, I was really nervous about the register but I am liking it now. I love talking to the customers and finding out they are going to do with their purchases. There are some very creative people who come into the store.
Question~What is the funniest/best thing that has happened while volunteering with Habitat?
Chris~ They had me testing light fixtures. They gave me the tester but probably assumed I knew more than I did about how to use it. I got a very brief explanation of what to do. I know absolutely nothing about electronics. So I am putting the wires in the tester and every once in awhile I would get a pop. And I would think ‘wow, people sure donate faulty stuff.’ At one point there was a pop that blew out a whole circuit. I went to someone and said I think I am doing something wrong. They informed me that I was not putting the wires in the tester properly and they were touching and shorting out. So I blew out a whole circuit and didn’t get fired from my volunteer job.
Question~What have you learned while volunteering with us?
Chris~ I never knew a lot about Habitat. It is just interesting to see how you go through the selection process for the people who are going to live in the houses. I did not realize that they are required to put in so many hours (volunteering). I also did not realize that the ReStore gets a lot of brand new items. I thought it was more like Goodwill or St. Vinnies, but that isn’t the case. There are a lot of new building materials. It’s amazing to see what all comes in from week to week.
I feel so appreciated volunteering at the ReStore. All the employees thank us when we leave each week. I like the flexibility of hours because I can’t always do the 10-2 or the 2-6. Sometimes I’ll have a free day and just pop in, and they can always put me to work. I am enjoying getting to know the employees and other volunteers. This has definitely been a great experience and I’m so happy to be volunteering here.
Want to hear more stories of volunteers making a difference? Click on the links below and read about a few more of our exceptional volunteers. Have these stories inspired you to want to become a volunteer?