Local Boy Scout troop #39 has taken that motto and turned it into hours of community service for their fellow Gordon Countians.
The Scouts are helping Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County transform an empty space into a building materials thrift store known as Habitat ReStore.
The store recently received a generous in-kind donation from an anonymous donor, but had no way off packaging and off-loading the building goods to its new location at 809 Oothcoologa Street.
So, the Scouts came to alleviate Habitat volunteers of the burden of loading and unloading the building materials, including windows, molding and doors.
Roy Mears, Scout master, said its’ a good volunteer opportunity for the Scouts to volunteer and earn community service hours for their rankings.
“We were looking for an opportunity to do something with Habitat and this is a way our younger kids can get involved,” Mears said. “The kids have loaded items onto pallets and have worked Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.”
Approximately 30 Scouts have been volunteering and will continue to help Habitat.
“We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Judy Peterson, coordinator of the Habitat ReStore and board member.
Officials said the store is set to open this summer. It will sell donated surplus building materials such as windows, molding, doors, cabinet hardware and more at up to 75 percent off wholesale prices.
The ReStore is good for two reasons — it helps keep usable items out of the landfill, while making money for Habitat —and raise money to build homes for the working poor in the community, Peterson said.
“What we hope is that maybe in June or July to have an open house. Everyone will be able to get an idea of what we have to sell and that will be our first experience to the public,” she said.
Business hours have not been announced.
ReStore accepts a variety of donations, such as windows, tile and building materials.
Call Judy Peterson at 770-881-2710 to volunteer at the restore or to make a donation. To get further information about volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity work-site, call Jesse Vaughn at 706-602-0081.