Pratt & Whitney Volunteers Lend a Hand at ReStore Home Improvement Center

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In September, several volunteers from Pratt & Whitney took to the aisles and back rooms of the ReStore in Cromwell, Connecticut, to assist the non-profit home improvement store with a variety of tasks. The store, and others like them across the country, is run by Habitat for Humanity and primarily sells gently-used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public for a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are then used to build and repair homes for families in-need all over the world, through volunteer labor.

Carlos Sarria, community co-chair of Pratt & Whitney's Hispanic Leadership Forum, assembled the group, which spent a Saturday helping to organize the store.

"We disassembled and reassembled shelves, helped load and unload donations, tested several lamps and moved heavy items," said Sarria.

Sarria is in charge of organizing community events with STEM groups, the youth and the elderly.

"In the past, we have helped in Relay for Life, the Hartford Marathon, Toys for Tots and Career Day at Verplanck Elementary School in Manchester," said Sarria. "This is the first time we worked with Habitat for Humanity."

The donations that stock ReStores include everything a DIYer would need, from kitchen cabinetry, electronics, doors, windows, sinks and shutters, to power tools, nails, hinges, door knobs and drawer pulls. Many of the biggest donations result from home renovations as well as salvaged items from office, hotel and resort remodeling.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity and ReStore locations in Connecticut, visit http://www.habitat.org/restores/directory/ct.

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