Salvage Effort by Local Volunteers Helps Build Habitat Homes

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Giant Food, Stevenson University and Johns Hopkins University combine efforts, turning metal into dollars for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

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Efforts by volunteers in Baltimore partnered with Habitat ReStore management salvaged 76,333 pounds of metal to raise funds for a local Habitat affiliate

Volunteers from Giant Food, Stevenson University and The Johns Hopkins University recently got down and dirty for a great cause—salvaging metal for cash to benefit the Maryland nonprofit Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (HFHC). Working with the HFHC ReStore, members of Giant Food’s Women Adding Value (WAVE) group, students from Stevenson University, and members of Johns Hopkins’ Iota Nu Delta fraternity helped clear out a Keswick office location owned by Johns Hopkins. Working together, these organizations saved 76,333 pounds of metal from the landfill, resulting in over $6,700 in salvage funding for the Habitat affiliate.

The salvage project first took shape this past fall when Johns Hopkins decided to recycle scrap metal left behind by a previous tenant in a leased office property, in advance of a remodeling project. Instead of trashing the materials, Hopkins offered to donate the proceeds to HFHC, reaching out to the local Habitat ReStore to manage the operation.

ReStore management took this opportunity to engage its partners at Stevenson University and Giant Food to undertake this initiative for the Habitat affiliate, focused solely on salvaging discarded metal. Students from Johns Hopkins’ fraternity Iota Nu Delta also joined in as part of their group’s community service pledge. Proceeds from the metal will be directed back to the Habitat affiliate to serve more families in the region.

HFHC ReStore Director Tim Kenney said, “We’re excited about this salvage initiative as a new cash flow option. Habitat ReStores generate income to support their local Habitat affiliate, and we can’t complete our work without the help of volunteers in Baltimore and surrounding communityies. We greatly appreciate the participation by our friends at Giant Food, Stevenson University and Johns Hopkins.” Kenney noted that Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake ReStore is focused not only on recycling goods donated and resold at its stores, but on “greening” the Greater Baltimore and Anne Arundel County communities through its salvage efforts.

The HFHC ReStore management hopes these type of projects will continue to emerge throughout the year, not only as a chance to raise funds for the affiliate and engage volunteers, but to lend a hand to other organizations focused on preserving the environment and reusing items otherwise destined for landfills.

For more information on how you or your organization can get involved with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, visit HabitatChesapeake.org. To learn more about HFHC’s ReStores, visit ChesapeakeRestore.org.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Putting faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake brings people together to build decent, affordable homes that change lives, empower families, and strengthen communities. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake serves Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. Call 410.366.1250 or visit http://www.habitatchesapeake.org for information.

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