Spring brings familiar jobs — cleaning, organizing, planting, fixing. An event later this month could help with some of those jobs while also benefiting a local nonprofit.
Clean for a Cause, held by the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce and Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity, will take place April 20. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers at two drop-off sites will accept donated items culled from garages, houses, storage units and project sites.
Drop-off locations are the Shopko parking lot at 5801 Summitview Ave. and the Chamber of Commerce office at 10 N. Ninth St.
Donations will be taken to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 21 W. Mead Ave. in Yakima. The store sells reasonably priced new and used building materials and home improvement items such as lighting, furniture and decor, including new, used, vintage and antique pieces.
By raising funds through its store, Habitat can continue its mission of helping more people move into homes of their own. Families contribute “sweat equity” construction hours alongside volunteers from the community.
Habitat has completed 180 homes in the Yakima Valley, with another nine under construction, said Mike Morisette, its community outreach and volunteer coordinator. The organization is also in the process of acquiring lots for three more houses, he said.
“Help Habitat build more homes and get people into affordable housing,” said Kate Gottlieb, one of the event’s organizers, in encouraging donations.
Items that will be accepted at Clean for a Cause include:
Home decor; building materials; lumber; cabinets and countertops; doors; windows; tools; electrical and lighting; flooring; plumbing; architectural items; hardware; salvage from deconstruction; paint, stain, thinner; shower doors; mirrors and glass; garden tools and decor; tile.
Donors will receive a raffle entry to win a backyard patio entertainment package. Cash donations will also be accepted at both drop-off sites and a $10 donation gets a raffle ticket. Checks made out to Yakima Habitat for Humanity are welcome as well.
Clean for a Cause is the brainchild of a team in the Yakima Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leadership Yakima program. Team members are Gottlieb, of Virginia Mason Memorial hospital; Steve Lewis of Pexco Aerospace; Elizabeth Doenges of Yakima Valley Libraries; Soneya Lund, owner of Saol Salon; Cecilia Arroyo of BORArchitecture and Tressa Shockley of Perry Technical Institute.
In encouraging donations, team members noted their event’s several benefits. They include clearing out clutter, which means the store can offer items to others who need them at a good price; raising funds for Habitat; and ensuring that items with plenty of life in them don’t go out with the trash.
“Let’s not fill that landfill up too soon,” Gottlieb said.