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Habitat for Humanity ReStore becomes ‘Friend of the Chamber’

Danny Childs, center, manager of the Habitat of Humanity ReStore and a board member of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, presents a $2,500 check to Chamber CEO Keith Davies, front left, as the ReStore becomes the newest member of the "Friend of the Chamber" program.
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The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced that Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 12359 Loma Rica Drive, just off Brunswick Road, has become the latest business to step up to the plate as a Friend of the Chamber.

The FOC program began in 2013 and was established to help support projects unfunded by GGVCC membership dues.

Danny Childs, manager of the ReStore, recently presented the chamber with a check for $2,500, and chamber CEO Keith Davies accepted it on behalf of his staff and the more than 500 chamber members who comprise the largest business advocacy organization in western Nevada County.

“This is very gratifying and much appreciated,” said Davies. “It is through the Friends of the Chamber program that we are able to accomplish special projects that arise outside of our yearly budget.”

“Habitat believes in mutual investment in partnership with the business community. Nonprofits and business can make a bigger impact on the community working together,” Debbie Arakel, Habitat executive director, said.

The ReStore is a unique thrift store that helps support the work of Habitat for Humanity. It is a thrift store for home improvement supplies including furniture and appliances and is open to the general public.

The ReStore sells donated used or surplus building materials and supplies at a discounted rate. In the process, it helps provide a long-term sustainable revenue stream for Nevada County Habitat for Humanity.

Nationally, there are more than 1,400 Habitat for Humanity affiliates sharing a common mission to help build or repair homes. In addition, more than 40 ReStore home improvement centers are located in California alone. Local store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Material donations may be delivered to the ReStore during donation hours of 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. or by calling 274-3761 to arrange a pickup.

“Habitat for Humanity does some pretty amazing things in our community to help build affordable housing for those who might otherwise never enjoy home ownership,” Davies noted, “and The ReStore is an important component of its overall mission.”

In addition to Habitat’s ongoing effort to build affordable housing, the ReStore is able to make building materials otherwise destined for the county transfer station available for reuse, enabling people to repair and maintain their own homes, Davies said.

“We are proud to have the ReStore as a member and grateful for their decision to become a Friend of the Chamber,” Davies said. “As we look at our yearly budget and decide which special projects can be funded, a check for $2,500 makes a big difference, and coming from another nonprofit makes it even more special.”

Davies said he welcomes other businesses to contact him so that he can explain the added benefits associated with being a FOC. He can be reached at the chamber office by calling 530-273-4667 or by email at kdavies@grassvalley chamber.com.

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