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Windows on the work: June 2010 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Windows on the work: June 2010

Glimpses inside Habitat happenings

Who’s getting creative in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Earlier this year, the Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg ReStore outlet issued a challenge and a $20 credit to area artists and students: create works of art from items found on its shelves or from similarly salvaged materials. All manner of media resulted, from recycled-glass sculptures to jewelry crafted from nuts and bolts. Completed works were displayed in the store and then silent-auctioned to raise money for Habitat.

Who’s having bright ideas in Rockford, Ill.

The idea for the “Idea Contest” came from Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlet manager Dan Bement’s own creative reuses, turning ceiling fans into pedestal fans and door knobs into coat hooks. Bement invited customers to repurpose store offerings—to enter the contest, a receipt for more than half of the materials used was required, and the winning entry took home 100 ReStore bucks.
Old doors became a freestanding decorative screen or a finished headboard (the ultimate prize winner). Cabinet lumber was transformed into night stands, and a lamp was even turned into a terrarium.



Who’s workshopping in Mankato, Minn.

Through its “make-and-take” pilot projects, the Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota ReStore outlet has hit upon a way for parents to shop with renewed focus. Under the watchful eyes of interns, kids of all ages complete tabletop crafts, such as decorating tiles or building birdhouses. Parents, the staff reports, spend more, and kids learn to see the Habitat operation as a fun place to visit.

Who’s supporting Haiti

During the month of February, Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlets across the country banded together to help Habitat help Haiti. Individual operations—like the one at Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville—agreed to donate the proceeds of their sales on certain designated days to the Haiti response.

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