To celebrate International Youth Day, we have decided to shine the spotlight on an outstanding young individual who has been volunteering at our ReStore for the past seven months.
Over the past year, Morgan Irvine has accumulated 160 hours of volunteer service while volunteering as a pricer in the ReStore.
“After I had to give up a school program that just wasn’t working out in college, my mom suggested to look for something to do, like a volunteer job and I knew about Habitat. There are only some of the jobs that I can do in the store because I’m not that strong to lift things. Pricing seemed like a good fit.”
For the first few months, Morgan was dedicated to volunteering at the ReStore as much as she could but had to split her time due to being hired at Fortinos. However, she still makes sure to come in on her days-off or whenever she is not looking after her two dogs, Willow and Oz.
The role of a pricer requires Morgan to research the prices of donated items online if they did not come with a price tag. The items are donated by the community or local businesses.
Many of the items that are donated to the ReStore range from furniture and appliances to books and clothing. Morgan, who is an avid reader, enjoys organizing donated books with her co-worker, Margaret, in the ReStore and deciding if they are worth keeping.
Morgan’s favourite part about being a Pricer is being the first one to see the different kinds of donations that are collected at the ReStore.
“That is the part that I really like the most, being the first one to go out and be like ‘This is mine. I’m going to put it off to the side and I’m paying for it.’”
On her first day, Morgan came across a hand-woven elephant basket, which set off a personal collage of photos of donated items that Morgan has come across during her time at the ReStore, including the hand-woven elephant basket.
Morgan has been met with a few challenging situations while being a Pricer at the ReStore but she always sees the brighter side of things due to her bubbly personality.
“A few months ago, we had a very generous man, I think he wanted to downsize, and he was a world traveller. So, he brought us a lot of things, valuable items, from a lot of different countries that it took a lot of people [at the ReStore] to research [the prices]. There were a lot of dishes, real copper and things like that.”
Morgan describes the environment at the ReStore to be engaging and an excellent place to volunteer at. “Everyone here is great and really friendly and it makes it a really great place to work at.”
Morgan also commented that for those who are thinking of volunteering at the ReStore, “It’s a good thing to put on your resume, volunteer experience in a really well-known company.”
We thank you for your ongoing volunteer service and the hard work that you have done at Habitat, Morgan! We hope that you continue to volunteer at the ReStore to contribute to Habitat’s mission of providing safe and affordable housing for families in need.
Are you above 16 years of age and want to join the volunteer team at one of our three ReStore locations? Sign up here today!