University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Resale store assistant

30 hours

Supervisor: AARON CZAPPA
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Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity just opened their 1st Restore! We need volunteers to help us operate the store when it is open. We need help with customers on the sales floor & help processing donations that come in so they are recycled back into the community. If you want to gain retail experience or see how a non-profit organization works, then the Restore is a perfect fit!


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity has historically built 1 home a year for lower income and well deserving community members. We have built 43 homes so far, and with the Restore and a little help, we are excited for the new possibilities on the horizon for our community. Our new Restore is a used building products store which helps generate more revenue, so we can ramp up home building in our area along with exterior projects for more families in need. The Restore is a win-win for ALL. Customers who can’t afford new furnishings or building supplies now have another Very Competitive option in our area. The Donor recycles their items they do not want or need anymore which helps us in our local landfill reduction waste. Habitat then uses the money from the donations that are sold in the store to help the local community.


What skills are required for this project?
Answer We require a positive attitude with the ambition to learn as you go while helping others. Here at the Restore, we are able to train in customer service, retail, and donation processing; so, all who just want to get out and meet new people and help a non-profit in our community are welcomed.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer We would like to train and show students what it’s like to work in a retail, non-profit organization and help them prepare for their next steps with flexible work hours that will accommodate their schooling.


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer We are very flexible with hours. The store is open on: Wednesday: 10:00-4:00 Thursday: 10:00-6:00 Friday & Saturday: 10:00-4:00 During these hours, we are open for customers to browse and shop as well as drop off donations. If a student prefers to jump right in, the opportunity is there with training. During the rest of the week between 9-5, we can have more specialized projects that involve marketing, business procedures and back end operations.


Additional information (not required).
Answer The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity has officially opened their 1st ReStore in Eau Claire. It’s been a long time coming for the local community as they have seen these very successful stores open up across our nation throughout the past decade and they are only growing in numbers. The ReStore is a nationally branded organization that the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate can use to help with generating more donations, so they can build more homes within the 30 mile radius of Eau Claire, WI. We will also start adding additional projects throughout the year for exterior work needed for disabled or lower income residents. The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity, in the past, has built an average of 1-2 homes per year in our area, but by opening up the ReStore which accepts gently used furniture & appliances, cabinets, lumber, windows, doors, building supplies, home décor, tools & hardware, they forecast 2 homes a year including exterior home repairs and already looking into adding interior critical repairs to help give back to the local community. The process is easy; donors drop off acceptable items which can be resold in the ReStore, the donations are cleaned and priced, then customers buy the affordable items as a donation. The prices in the store are not negotiable but they will offer a continuous discount of 25% every month the items is on the floor. Their goal is not to have items sit around until the “right” buyers finally comes around to purchase it, but instead, move product out the door so people can afford these items. The Re-Store is turning the shopping experience into a win-win opportunity for the customer, the donor, and our local community.