How to Donate to Habitat for Humanity ReStores

Written by Brian Johnson, Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Updated July 16, 2015
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Habitat for Humanity ReStores accept leftover construction supplies and sell them at a discount price. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

ReStores are located throughout the United States and Canada.

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If you’re thinking about a home improvement project, with some forethought and a little effort, your project could also benefit many other people in your community.

A home improvement project can produce many reusable goods that can be donated to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. These retail outlets sell new and gently-used home improvement goods like cabinet sets, construction materials, excess paint, tile, used windows and doors, appliances, tools, furniture, and many other home goods to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

How you can donate to ReStore

ReStores are eager to get your useable home-goods to the public. Donating to the ReStore is an incredibly easy and inexpensive way to partner with a charity to serve your community.  The donated goods are spared from the landfill and proceeds are used by our local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help build, renovate and revitalize more homes and communities.

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Here’s how your home improvement project can help your community in a few steps:

1. Let your contractor know you plan on donating

Let your contractor know that you would like to support Habitat for Humanity with any potential items from your home improvement project. That way the contractor will know not to destroy or discard any items that are still useful.

If your contractor is unaware of your intention to donate, they may crush items to make more space in a dumpster, or damage the goods during removal to save time.

2. Get in touch with your local ReStore

Call or stop by your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore before your project begins. A quick call to a ReStore donation coordinator prior to the project’s start date can help clarify what items are needed in your community and schedule a date for the pick-up of the donation items.

3. Get a receipt

Habitat for Humanity is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, so donated items may be tax deductible. This deduction may help reduce the cost of your project. Many contractors are eager to help the environment and community, and will even drop off items for you and pick up your receipt.

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About this Angie's List Experts contributor: Brian Johnson is Director of Operations for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis' ReStores, and strives to improve community awareness about the economic value and environmental impact of re-used materials. Habitat for Humanity ReStores across the nation are growing in size, number and quality; providing opportunities for recycling, value shopping, employment and fundraising for Habitat’s mission.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on July 1, 2013.

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