Many of us are are in the charitable giving mood through the holiday season. Kind of hard to avoid. Well with all the direct mailings, television advertisements and direct solicitors at the shopping mails and in our workplaces. This charitable season starts at Thanksgiving and continues to New Years. Even our accountants send reminders about year end charitable giving for tax purposes. Habitat for Humanity is one organization that is happy to accept donations year round. Cash, volunteering, and in-kind goods are all accepted.
Donate To Habitat
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference—to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter. Affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building and repair. Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a mortgage and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. (above over view taken directly from www.habitat.org)
Many Habitat locations accept used but still usable building and house components as donations. They sell these item and the funds raised are used to support their mission. They call these locations ReStores and currently there are 825 of these stores located throughout the United States and Canada. Anyone can donate items, and anyone in search of items such as: windows, doors, paint, tile, flooring, lumber, furniture, home furnishings, window coverings etc. can purchase these items for their own use. To find a Habitat for Humanity location near you, please go to www.habitat.org/local.
Often times with home remodeling projects, the items that are going to be replaced are still in great shape. Consider contacting Habitat to see if they can use any of these items for resale:
- light fixtures
- plumbing fixtures
- excess building materials (drywall, lumber, shingles, siding, paint etc.)
They may even be able to send a truck to collect these large items for you. Instead of these items ending up in a landfill, see if someone else may want these items for their own home.
Author Chuck Solomon is a home improvement consultant helping homeowners best care for their homes and contractors build a better business.