MSB-Rochester Displays Community Involvement with Habitat for Humanity

Posted by on July 18, 2014

As part of the seventh annual community service day, the Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (MSB) campus faculty and staff helped build displays for the new Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which collects construction materials to resell to people in the community.

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MSB-Rochester staff at Habitat for Humanity work site

The volunteer team arrived at the Habitat worksite with both work gloves and a sense of humor in the tool kit.

While others from the campus trained over 80 Head Start teachers to use technology in the classroom, the team at Habitat for Humanity was able to meet the project goal of constructing four displays for the ReStore, while also setting up new racking and organizing the warehouse.

The day was really summed up by Chris Cook, MSB-Rochester financial aid manager.

“Our team was excited to accomplish the goals for day. The site leaders at Habitat did a great job of organizing the projects and training our group to safely use the tools and equipment. It was amazing how everyone jumped in and got to work. It was a fulfilling experience for a great cause!”

The Habitat ReStore, a used building supply outlet in the Rochester area, is a place where community members can:

  • Donate their used building supplies when remodeling, instead of adding to the growing burden of garbage and waste
  • Purchase home improvement items at 50-90 percent off retail prices
  • Help other families to have simple, decent and affordable homes, just by shopping at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Proceeds from the ReStore help to build Habitat for Humanity homes in our area. Having a donated inventory enables profits to be earned quickly for the construction of more homes.

As stated in the coverage from KTTC-TV in Rochester, “Local business students get a lesson in volunteering” while the staff received an education in the positive contribution low-cost home ownership makes to families and the community.


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