By Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — The Town of Clifton Park has been working with the Capital District Habitat for Humanity, collecting gently used items to help fund new homes for families in need, for the past two years. The partnership between the town and Habitat for Humanity is “first of its kind” according to Clifton Park Director of Communications, Dahn Bull.
The Capital District Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located on Fuller Street in Albany, sells second-hand items and allocates the proceeds to building new homes for those in need.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s Development and Communications Manager Johnathan Richardson explained “proceeds of the ReStore goes towards building homes for people in need of affordable housing. ”
The recent influx of donations has been lighter than usual, according to Bull. He hopes that as springtime nears, “people will start thinking of getting rid of stuff” and replacing their lightly used furniture with new things. “When it first started, people really got into it. We were filling [the truck] up every week,” said Bull. “It’s been tapering off a little bit,” he added.
Clifton Park Councilwoman Amy Standaert explained the partnership’s roots, saying “The idea for our Capital District Habitat for Humanity ReStore partnership is credited to GREEN Committee member Denise Bagramian. Denise initiated contact with CDHFH officials who loved the idea!”
Standaert added, “As GREEN Committee Chairman, I am always seeking ways to save the Town money through initiatives that also benefit the environment. With this partnership, our residents are able to donate items conveniently, area families in need are given hope and in addition to less materials in the waste-stream, it saves the town money.”
Donations are collected each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clifton Park Transfer Station. For those who would like to donate but are unable to bring their donation to the transfer station, ReStore also offers to pick up donations at donor’s homes, free of charge. Some examples of acceptable donations include appliances, building materials, furniture, cabinets, plumbing and light fixtures.