Friday, December 1, 2023

Local Habitat for Humanity ReStores Raise Enough to Build House

Habitat for Humanity’s Round Up campaign at the Williamsburg and Newport News Restores raised enough money to build a new home in Hampton for a mother of two daughters. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Williamsburg, 1303 Jamestown Rd., and Newport News, 371 Chatham Dr., have raised enough money through its Round Up campaign to build a new house in Hampton.

The Round Up campaign, which ended in December, raised $100,000; enough for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg to build a home in Hampton that will be sold to a mother of two daughters.

“Here at the ReStore we rely on donations from our community,” Jonathan Martinez, manager of the Williamsburg ReStore, said. “The Round Up campaign and its success are just another example of how a ReStore is only as great as the community that it is in. Reaching our goal is a reflection of when our community is called to service with charity, they always answer above and beyond.”

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently-used furniture, appliances and more at a fraction of the retail price, typically 30 to 90%.

The mission for the Restore is to generate enough money to build more Habitat homes locally to low- to moderate-income families who qualify through the nonprofit’s Homebuyer Program.

The idea behind the Round Up campaign was “change makes change.”

“I am grateful to our generous community for rounding up their change throughout the year,” Erin Madden, manager of the Newport News ReStore, said. “We can all do little things to improve the lives of others; this is evident in the success of our Round Up campaign.”

The 2022 campaign will kick off this spring with a goal of reaching $110,000 toward building another Habitat house that will benefit a local family.

The Newport News ReStore is located at 371 Chatham Drive. The Williamsburg ReStore is at 1303 Jamestown Road.

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