Corporate Office
Toronto, Ontario

Employment Type: Volunteer Position

Volunteer Role:  Habitat ReStore Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity GTA is greater Toronto’s most recognized provider and advocate of solutions that tackle our region’s housing crisis. Our mission is to create a world where everyone has a safe, quality place to live. We focus on creative solutions to address the affordable housing crisis in Toronto, Brampton, Caledon, York Region and Durham Region. With the help of volunteers, donors and community partners, we unlock change for generations by bringing the benefits of home ownership to more people and communities. Since 1988, Habitat GTA has built 23 new communities, empowering more than 500 families.

Habitat ReStore is a chain of non-profit home improvement retail stores with 10 locations across the Greater Toronto Area, owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity GTA. We sell home furnishings, appliances, and other renovation materials at a fraction of the price. Our items are donated from businesses and individuals and undergo inspection and testing to ensure they meet our high-quality standards  .

Store Locations: (ReStore hours of operation vary by location)

Brampton: 3-268 Rutherford Rd. S

North York: 1120 Caledonia Rd.

East York: 155 Bermondsey Rd.

Scarborough: 1181 Kennedy Rd.

Etobicoke: 700 Kipling Ave.

Toronto Studio District: 3 Carlaw Ave.

Markham: 7701 Woodbine Ave.

Vaughan: 2180 Steeles Ave. W

Oshawa: 200 John Street, West.

Newmarket: 16715 Yonge Street.


Volunteer role description:

  • Come with a willingness to learn from experienced volunteers and staff and to work as part of a team and become a habitat volunteer ambassador or mentor.
  • Greeting and customer service in store and over the phone regarding donations, store promotions, return policy, and more.
  • Supporting our eCommerce sales platform-with staging, photography and posting online.
  • Product display set ups and merchandising.
  • Product pricing, assembly, and repair of items.
  • Due to the nature of some store the tasks volunteers may be asked to lift heavy objects (furniture, appliances, bathroom fixtures, windows, doors)
  • Can or May perform heavy lifting (30 + pounds) with support equipment i.e., pump trucks and carts.
  • The position requires regular walking, standing, sitting, and stair climbing.
  • Uniform required for volunteers to wear are CSA approved green triangle label safety. Shoes (some available on site to borrow), cargo pants/jeans and non-branded shirt.
  • A commitment of 4 hours minimum per shift and open 7 days a week and, there is always a variety of tasks to do.
  • A positive attitude, enthusiasm, and a sense of humour is always key!

Position Benefits:

  • Gain practical and skill building experience!
  • Meet new people and network with like-minded individuals.
  • A volunteer shirt will be provided once you complete a few shifts.  
  • Help the environment by giving new life to gently used resources.
  • Letters of confirmation for hours volunteered (Minimum 40 hours for this) Please provide one weeks notice for the letter.
  • Give back to your community and help raise funds for affordable home ownership.

What you need to know:

  • An Online Orientation session of one hour is required before your first volunteer shift.
  • Shifts are self-scheduled via online registration. Minimum shift is 4 hours.
  • Morning, afternoon, and weekend shifts are available.
  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 16 years old.
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 require a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and presented at time of first shift.

Ready to get started in making a difference in the lives of families?  Click Here to choose a date and the ReStore closest to you for your online orientation. Then follow the prompts to become a Habitat GTA volunteer!

Habitat for Humanity GTA is an equal opportunity organization, we support diversity, equity, inclusion and representation of the people, organizations, and communities we work with and serve. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team. If you require accommodation to participate, please contact the Volunteer Services team at. volunteer@habitatgta.ca


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