The warehouse/retail associate is responsible for receiving, processing, stocking and displaying donated materials. This person will assist customers and donors in loading and unloading merchandise and will assist the management team with cleaning and organizing the warehouse and loading dock. She or he will answer general questions about the store and merchandise, welcome customers to the store and assist customers. The candidate will also have the opportunity to drive our box truck and/or be a helper to pick up donations from residences/businesses in Morris County and surrounding areas.
Flexible part-time hours will include weekdays, some weekday evenings, and Saturday daytime shifts.
Experience working in a retail store environment is desirable. The candidate must have strong customer service and interpersonal skills. The candidate must be age 18 or older, be able to lift 50 pounds on a consistent basis and be able to stand for long periods of time. Staff members must show commitment to core values of Morris Habitat for Humanity. A high school degree or equivalent is required.
To apply directly, e-mail your resume and cover letter to Ben.Roberts@morrishabitat.org or drop off your resume at the ReStore. Ask for a ReStore manager.
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Pete Albanese and his wife Jean were regulars in the warehouse and office for several years after he retired as a bookseller. His skills were used as master carpenter, repair man and customer service specialist. Jean researched prices for donations, ordered missing parts and worked in the office. We miss them greatly since they moved out of the area.
Mel Oppenheimer volunteers as our in-store marketer and software specialist. He started as a donation pricer, and next put his experience in designing signs to work. He is responsible for the large and attractive sign identifying the ReStore at the end of the driveway on Salem Street and for all the colorful banners that advertise sales and events inside the store. He coordinated all of the events in 2017 to celebrate our 10th anniversary. His more complicated projects included working with staff in the donations department to evaluate and set up customized software to increase the efficiency of our operations. Because of his efforts, we are now using NexTraq software to schedule and track our two trucks that pick up donations. Vonigo software allows donors to select their own pick-up dates online and cuts down on a lot of back and forth emails with the staff. We can’t wait to see what imaginative thing Mel will do for us next. Read more history>>
Our first impact is on shoppers, who find great treasures at bargain prices. When you spend less on furnishings and building materials for your home, you have more dollars to use for other purposes.
The second impact is on the environment. Each year, the Morris Habitat ReStore saves 700 tons of usable materials from being trucked to out-of-state landfills. What does 700 tons look like? Picture 350 cars or 234 adult elephants or 5 adult blue whales! Learn more about the advantages of reusing materials>>
The Store That Builds Homes
The final impact is on the many families who live in the affordable homes built or preserved by Morris Habitat for Humanity. Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served over 400 families through its homebuilding, rehab, preserving and international housing solutions programs. Locally, we have built or rehabbed 84 homes and preserved 105 homes. Since the ReStore opened in 2007, its profits from selling donations have funded the construction of 22 affordable homes for low-income and middle-income families.
In our 10th Anniversary year, the ReStore sponsored a 4-bedroom home for Nelly and Julio Carmona and their three children at 27 Harding Avenue in Dover. Donations from individual shoppers of nearly $6,500 were combined with monthly ReStore proceeds. Morris County is one of New Jersey’s most affluent counties, and yet there are thousands of families living in inadequate or substandard housing because they can’t afford the area’s high prices. Whenever possible, we build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing.
We Are Changing Lives
Building homes does more than put a roof over someone’s head. In clean, decent, stable housing, the lives of hardworking families are enhanced and strengthened. You can read about the experiences of some of the Habitat families on the Homeowner Stories page. By shopping or donating to the ReStore, you can help create our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.