Calling all creatives: Volunteer at the ReVive Centre!

When you think of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, you probably think of swinging a hammer on a build site. While we do have construction volunteer roles available, they are far from the only option if you’re looking to get involved with us. In fact, we’re excited to announce that we have new volunteer opportunities in our Mississauga ReVive Centre where you can flex your creative muscles, benefit the environment and learn new skills in a positive and upbeat atmosphere.

What is the ReVive Centre?

The ReVive Centre is Habitat’s exclusive upcycling facility in Mississauga. It’s a product development centre which allows us to maximize our material and product donations, and increase the saleability of items in our ReStores. Since its creation just over a year ago, the ReVive Centre has grown into an amazing faucet of Habitat’s efforts to build safe, decent and affordable homes for local families in need.

ReVive has several great partners, such as Sawmill Sid and Amberwood Doors, who provide material donations of items like wood offcuts and live edge wood. Teams of individual volunteers, as well as corporate teams taking part in team build days, use these generously donated materials to create brand new items which are sold in our ReStores. Sherian Groppini, owner of From the Attic Interiors, has also been a great partner through teaching DIY techniques and showing teams how to make the most of their DIY experiences.

Teams of volunteers also take donated items from the ReStore and breathe new life into them through adding a chic or antique touch. This upcycling process also allows for donated items to have a fresh new look when they’re sold in the ReStore. Items which are upcycled in the ReVive Centre get a special tag in the ReStore, so people know they’re looking at a unique, one-of-a-kind item designed specially for them!

In addition to being a great creative place to learn new skills, ReVive is a green initiative. It allows us to repurpose donated items which otherwise might be recycled, and prevents other donated materials from ending up in a landfill. To learn more about Habitat’s environmental impact, follow this link to read about how we divert waste from landfills through our daily operations.

How can I sign up to volunteer at the ReVive Centre?

The ReVive Centre is currently looking for volunteers to join our team! We’ll teach you how to use some tools, let you flex your creative muscles or simply give you the space to putter around and create your own inventions! In addition to having a direct impact on our efforts to sell more products and therefore raise more funds for our build projects, by volunteering in ReVive you’ll also join an incredibly positive and upbeat community.

We make it easy for volunteers to sign up for their first shift in 30 minutes or less — and our application process is all available online! Simply follow this link to start your application. We can’t wait to meet you!

How else can I get involved with the ReVive Centre?

We hope you’re as excited about the opportunities in our ReVive Centre as we are, and we’re happy to offer several additional ways for you to get involved.

In addition to volunteer opportunities, Habitat’s ReVive Centre also offers team building experiences for corporate teams. Your corporate team can sign up for a half day or full day of upcycling. You’ll have a unique project to finish in one day, so you can be proud of the work that you’ve accomplished. Team building experiences in ReVive offer a unique way for your company to make a corporate donation to a local charity, and make a positive impact on your corporate social responsibility efforts in your community. 

Team building in ReVive also allows your corporate team to bond over working on creative projects. Your team will have the chance to interact in a new, fun atmosphere where your office titles don’t matter because it’s all about giving back to the community. To learn more about Habitat’s team building experiences in the GTA, including corporate team building at the ReVive Centre, follow this link.

In a new addition this summer, our ReVive Centre also offers a Kids Camp. Our Kids Build Program is the perfect way for elementary-school aged children to embrace their creativity, while learning about the value in helping others in the process. The Kids Build program involves our summer Kids Camp, as well as birthday parties. Check out our Kids Build website to learn more about this exciting camp opportunity, and to see some examples of products that have been upcycled in the Kids Build Centre!

We’re also excited to soon be offering exclusive DIY workshops that you can sign up for soon. These workshops will teach you all the skills you need to make the perfect DIY item, and you’ll meet a great community of friendly, creative people along the way. Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more information about upcoming DIY workshops in Mississauga!

What other volunteer opportunities does Habitat offer in the GTA?

If you connect with Habitat’s mission of creating a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live, we have several other fulfilling volunteer opportunities in addition to our ReVive Centre. You can also volunteer on a construction site, in a Habitat office or in a ReStore. Whether you’re upcycling items with a fresh coat of paint, or helping with data entry in one of our office locations, each and every one of our thousands of volunteers leaves a lasting impact on our organization. Learn more about Habitat’s volunteer opportunities by visiting our volunteer website.

Sign up to volunteer in our Mississauga ReVive Centre today

Whether you’re an avid DIY fan or just looking to try something new, if you’re in the market for  an exciting volunteer experience then the ReVive Centre is definitely for you. Visit our ReVive website to learn more, and click here to sign up to volunteer for your first volunteer shift in 30 minutes or less!

By Sherina Harris