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What is a Habitat ReStore?
In a nutshell: We accept donations of new and gently-used items from individuals and businesses. We sell those items to the public at prices well below retail. We use the proceeds to build Habitat homes with people in need in our community, and we do it all with the help of our wonderful volunteers. We need you to donate, shop, and volunteer! It’s simple, really.
What kind of things will I find at the Habitat ReStores?
We have everything and the kitchen sink! See our shop page for a listing of all the items we carry on a regular basis. Remember, inventory changes quickly, so make sure that you shop often. If you miss a day, you just might miss a deal!
Are the Habitat ReStores open to the public?
Yes, indeed. Everyone is welcome to shop at the Habitat ReStores.
Is my donation to the Habitat ReStore tax-deductible?
Yes. Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We will gladly provide you with a receipt for your donated items. Due to IRS regulations, we are not allowed to assign value to donated items, but your receipt will list the items you donated. We encourage you to work with your tax professional to determine the value and use of your tax receipt. More information can be found on the IRS website.
Do you pick up donations?
Yes, we do offer free pick-up of oversized items. You can call us at (517) 575-8152 to schedule a free pick-up.
Who benefits from the Habitat ReStores?
Lots of folks! Customers benefit by getting good stuff at a good price. Donors benefit by getting a tax deduction, the knowledge that they are turning their excess stuff into affordable housing and keeping reusable items out of the landfill. Volunteers get to learn new skills and be a part of something special. Habitat wins by raising more money to serve our partner families, who are truly the reason we do all this!
What is Habitat for Humanity and what do you do?
Habitat for Humanity Capital Region (formerly Lansing) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds and renovates homes in the Greater Lansing area. We are part of a worldwide movement to eliminate poverty housing that began in 1976. To learn more about Habitat’s work in your community, visit the Habitat for Humanity Capital Region website. To learn more about Habitat’s work around the world, visit the Habitat for Humanity International website.
How can I get involved?
You can donate, shop, and volunteer!
How can my company get involved?
For businesses, donating to the Habitat ReStores is a great way to move discontinued or excess stock, deal with gently-used returns, and show your customers that you care about the environment and your community. Plus, we’ll come to you, which will save you time and money. We also offer group volunteer opportunities if you want to do a little team building while doing good!
What happens if I buy something and can’t fit it in my car?
We know that fitting a couch in a Honda Civic isn't that easy - though we have seen people try! We can hold an item for up to 48 hours while you arrange to pick it up.
What is the money raised at the Habitat ReStore used for?
The money raised through the Habitat ReStore is used to fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, community, and hope. We are very thankful for our shoppers, donors, and volunteers who have helped families in Greater Lansing realize the dream of homeownership.
Why won’t you accept certain items as donations?
Though we greatly appreciate everyone who wants to donate to the Habitat ReStores, we are unable to accept all items. Sometimes, the reason is related to safety concerns (such as unframed glass and mirrors, lead paint, certain chemicals, etc.), and other times it is for legal reasons (such as used mattresses, baby equipment, etc.). Also, we have found that we just can’t sell certain items (such as couches that have rips and stains or appliances that are older than your grandmother). When we do end up with these types of items, nobody buys them and we have to pay to dispose of the things we cannot recycle, repair, or clean. This takes valuable time and money. You can see our donation criteria on our information page about item donations. On the bottom of that same page we have referrals to other organizations that might be able to accept your donations. Whether or not we can accept it, we truly appreciate you thinking of Habitat.