e at the store so much when he started working to earn his “sweat equity” hours he decided he was not ready to quit when he reached his goal. “The main thing is I appreciate what they (COHFH) did for me,” he said.
Michael is a Vietnam veteran and a COHFH homebuyer who expects to be in his new home in September. He told us he enjoys his task of sorting through donated items to parcel out to other volunteers for stocking the ReStore shelves. His varied career experiences as a carpenter, grocery store staffer and public works employee have given him a well-rounded knowledge of businesses and people, which makes him a very valuable volunteer.
He also said he enjoys his time at the ReStore because he has an opportunity to interact with the store’s staff members and other volunteers, and he likes being busy. He told us, “I like the people. I like being here. I just enjoy it.”
A newly donated box of household items brings a smile to Michael’s face. His natural curiosity, and a great sense of humor, helps keep him amused as he begins to sort through the assorted once-treasured items that have been donated to become new treasures for ReStore shoppers. This is just one of the many tasks Michael cheerfully takes on during his time as a volunteer. Because ReStore sales help fund the construction of five to six of the 45 houses built each year, Michael’s time there especially valuable to COHFH.
Michael Ireland is well acquainted with service to others. As a Vietnam vet he served his country, in business he served the public, as a COHFH volunteer he serves our mission and his community. Thank you Mr. Ireland, for continually giving of yourself!