BY CYDNEE COKER
Habitat for Humanity’s affiliate, ReStore, reserved its spot at Salisbury University’s housing fair with hopes of getting more recognition from students.
The ReStore is a nonprofit business that sells new and gently-used home improvement materials, furniture and appliances that it receives as donations from individuals and local businesses.
All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for underprivileged families.
Manager Jim Phillips said the ReStore is an invaluable resource for college students, but that few actually take advantage of its services.
“A lot of students don’t really know too much about the ReStore until they come volunteer,” Phillips said. “Hopefully by attending the housing fair, students who are looking to move into homes next semester will consider coming to the ReStore to help furnish them.”
Phillips encourages students who may be moving out or graduating to donate their furniture. Anyone who donates will receive a tax credit and 15 percent off at Johnny Janosik World of Furniture.
Salisbury University and the ReStore have a long history. When the ReStore came to Salisbury, it built its first house on campus with the help of dozens of students and volunteers.
“We believe that homeownership and improving our neighborhoods is key to success and growth in the community,” Phillips said.
This year all proceeds from Alpha Sigma Tau’s annual event, Mock Rock, will go toward the ReStore. Mock Rock coordinator Shannon Matthews said AST believes they can help the organization better serve the local community.
“Donating the money will not only help the ReStore with future builds, but also help publicize it,” Matthews said.