Thirty-eight thousand, five hundred and five minutes: that’s the contribution of one ReStore volunteer who has volunteered over 600 hours (and counting!) of his time during the past year. For Garnet Smith, serving others – “doing work for the Kingdom” – is a way of life and he works quietly and contentedly in his corner “office” at Lancaster Habitat ReStore. His commitment makes a difference and deserves recognition.
Garnet volunteers 4 days/week at ReStore tinkering, dismantling and sorting scrap metal for recycling. Once sorted, the scrap metals are sent to recycling centers and the proceeds generate almost $400/month for the Habitat ReStore. We’re wouldn’t be able to do it without Garnet.
Garnet came to the Habitat Restore after a long, fulfilling career in pharmaceutical research. Originally born in Canada, Garnet earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Toronto before coming to the U.S. to earn his Ph.D. at Purdue University. After living and working in Michigan, California, and Texas, Garnet first started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity when he moved to Albequerque, New Mexico more than ten years ago. After retiring (for the third time!) in 2005, Garnet moved back to Canada, but returned soon after to settle in Delaware. Currently, he and his wife own a home there and rent another in Lancaster, so that she can be close to area family—and he can volunteer at the ReStore.
We are very grateful to have him as a part of our team as a regular ReStore volunteer. Regulars play a vital role in the operation of the store; most commit to one shift a week, with some like Garnet doing more. All help to make the Habitat ReStore fulfill its purpose: to provide additional funding to support our affiliate’s house-building goals, expand opportunities to serve a broader base of the low-income community, and provide good stewardship of sustainable resources in the community.
For more information on how to sign up for a regular volunteer shift, contact us at 392-8836 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To thank Garnet for his 38,505 minutes of service, find him in the back corner of the Habitat ReStore, tinkering away.