Shoppers and donors at Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStores will soon notice improvements to the stores, thanks to a grant from The Cannon Foundation. The Cannon Foundation has awarded Our Towns Habitat nearly $50,000 to fund equipment, store upgrades, and camera systems as well as facilities maintenance.
“Generating funds to build nearly five houses a year, Our Towns Habitat ReStores are a vital part of our mission to serve low-income, working families with homes they can afford,” said Our Towns CEO Chris Ahearn in a news release. “Thanks to this generous grant from The Cannon Foundation, we can enhance the productivity of the stores as well as security for our volunteers, employees and the products community members donate for sale.”
The Cannon Foundation grant will enable the ReStores to add shelving to better display donated items.
While one in four items sells in the first two days, the extra shelf space will allow staff and volunteers to display remaining items attractively and safely to prevent breakage.
In addition, equipment like hand trucks and dollies will enable staff to safely move donated product, and new shopping carts will make it easier for shoppers to fill their baskets with treasures.
Our Towns ReStores receive approximately 350 donations per week. A new camera system will help the stores protect those donated items from theft, helping the stores raise more funds for the affordable housing mission.
“It’s essential that we continue to provide a positive experience for ReStore shoppers and the donors who bless us with their gifts of gently used furniture and household items.
We are grateful to The Cannon Foundation for helping us care for our facilities so we can continue to care for families in our community,” Ahearn stated in the release.