Our ReStore truck drivers have what it takes!
Habitat for Humanity ReStores rely on donations of new and used home improvement items from residents and businesses then resells them to the public to help fund our home building program. Habitat Niagara has three ReStores located in Grimsby, Fonthill and St. Catharines and provide a FREE pick up service throughout the Niagara region.
If a customer requires furniture or other large items to be picked up Jake and Eddie are the guys to do it!
We have two trucks on the road from Monday to Friday where drivers Michael “Jake” Jacobs and Eddie Pirosko cover donation pick-ups from Fort Erie to Grimsby and on any given day they average 6 – 10 pick-ups from residents and businesses. It’s a physically demanding job that they get a real satisfaction out of.
Jake has been driving the St. Catharines Habitat ReStore truck for over two and a half years. His diverse background includes the U.S. Marine Corps, a police officer on the Kahnawake reserve, an executive director for a clothing and food bank and he also drove a truck for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
“Every day is different. There are so many variables; the weather, safety concerns,” Jake explains. “We do our very best to accommodate donors the best we can. There are aspects of my job that are very satisfying like when I know I’ve helped someone, such as older people who are downsizing, it’s very rewarding and makes my day worth it.”
Eddie came to the St. Catharines ReStore through a summer student program in 2015 to 2016, at the time he was studying Business at Niagara College. He liked helping out at the ReStore so much that he wanted to work for the organization and a few months later when a truck driver position opened up at the Fonthill ReStore Eddie applied and got the position.
Now that Eddie has been driving the truck for over a year, he shares what he enjoys about his job. “I like interacting with the donors, and definitely enjoy being around the older volunteers and hearing about their stories and experiences. I also get hands on learning at our warehouse and fixing products that come in.”
Both Eddie and Jake say that people are thankful for when they arrive to pick-up their donations because they know their items will be reused and are going toward supporting a good cause.
If you have large items that you would like to donate to our ReStore please click here to find out the details.
Volunteers are often needed to help with pick-ups and are a great resource for our drivers. If you are interested in helping pick-up donations and are available during the week please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jonna Wolfenberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org.