Meet Bob Harrison, Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County’s ReStore Volunteer of the Month for June. Harrison volunteers three days a week answering the phone and running the register, making him the first interaction for many donors and customers contacting the ReStore.
“Bob is a go-to guy. He approaches volunteering with professionalism and kindness. He provides callers with all of the information they need, which takes a lot of work off the staff’s plate. He’s consistent, he picks up extra hours, and he’s our main cashier. We can always count on Bob!” says Linda Myers, the Restore Volunteer Coordinator.
A lifelong shore resident, Harrison is originally from Fruitland, ran an irrigation business in Whaleyville with his late wife, and now lives in Berlin. Since retiring in 2006, Bob has actively sought ways to serve, including volunteering for the Worcester County Humane Society. He was referred to the ReStore after calling the Berlin Chamber of Commerce to look for another volunteer opportunity.
“I came in to the ReStore on a Tuesday, and they had me start on Wednesday. I’ve been here ever since,” says Harrison. “I like it because of the people. They’re all good people here, the volunteers are just good people. If you want to volunteer, come here! There’s never a dull moment, it’s fun, and you’re giving back.”
The mission of the ReStore is important to Harrison. He appreciates being able to see the proceeds from donated goods go directly into Habitat for Humanity’s local projects. “It all goes full circle,” says Harrison.
The ReStore is a non profit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials, and more to the public at fraction of the retail price. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, and are used to help build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter for local families. The Habitat ReStore is located at 9026 Worcester Highway in Berlin and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are always needed; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.