University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Donation Pickup Driver

30 hours

Supervisor: AARON CZAPPA
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore is always in need of volunteers to help pick up donations. The store sells items donated by community members and businesses. All proceeds from the store go toward habitat operations and programs. Volunteers can work with a schedule schedule to stop by local homes and businesses on a pre-scheduled basis. They will collect donations, provide a receipt, and thank donors for their support. All items will then be brought back to the Habitat ReStore. Volunteers must have their own vehicle (pickup truck, SUV, etc., or even a small trailer). They must also carry their own insurance coverage on the vehicle and fill out a basic volunteer waiver with Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity. Mileage reimbursement is not included but time spent driving to and from donation sites (generally in or close to Eau Claire) is counted toward your community service hours.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity helps lower income families that are in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing. Our mission is bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We meet our mission by building and repairing homes as funding allows. Habitat believes in a hand-up and not a hand-out. All partner families work with us to build or repair their homes, and/or work in the ReStore as well.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Volunteers must have their own transportation to pick up donations (many are larger items), the ability to lift and carry the items out of homes or businesses, and a polite attitude while accepting items from the donors.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer Students will learn about volunteering, working with donors, helping people from all walks of life, and support a non-profit mission.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer All volunteer and donation pickup hours are pre-scheduled during store hours, so there is plenty of flexibility. All work will generally be performed Tuesday through Friday between 10:00 and 5:30. Work can also be completed on Saturdays from 10:00-4:30. We can also schedule in several hour shifts. Many items such as couches require 2 people to safely lift and carry them, so feel free to sign up with a friend and complete this rewarding experience and your service learning hours together!


Additional information (not required).

Answer We need to know what type of vehicle you have, and if you will be working alone or with a friend, so we can make sure to schedule you for donations that you are able to complete. A one-time short orientation (about 15 minutes) will be done before you start the donation pickups. This can be done at the start of your first scheduled shift. Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity also has a separate service learning experience that involves working at the ReStore as a Donation Processing Associate. This involves cleaning and moving appliances. Students are welcome to help in this area as well if pickups go quicker than planned and they would like to work more hours at a time. This service learning opportunity can be either a 15 or 30 hour experience.