Habitat for Humanity Scrap Metal Drive

Impact Area

Help Neighbors in NeedImprove Environment

Volunteer Group Name & URL

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD

Organization Served & URL

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD

Project Goal/Description

The goal of the project is to collect all types of scrap metal for Habitat for Humanity ReStore. "Volunteers will work one-on-one with the local community to collect scrap metal in an effort to raise awareness about Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore. The donated scrap metal will be properly discarded at the Montgomery Scrap Corporation and the money raised in exchange for the scrap metal will help fund the building of affordable housing locally."

Timeline for Planning

  • 4 weeks before: print flyers and spread word of the Scrap Metal Drive
  • 1 week before: organize a collection center for scrap  metal (i.e.-bins) and schedule in a drop off for the scrap metal

How Many Volunteers

5-10 volunteers to collect incoming donations and sort metal, 1-2 hours per volunteer

How Was This Publicized to Recruit Volunteers?

Post flyers at Montgomery County Volunteer Center, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and local community boards. E-mail out “Scrap Metal Drive” flyer on ListServs (Constant Contact). Volunteers, interns, and employees spread word of the event verbally.

Required Facilities, Materials & Expenses

Project supplies: paper (for flyers), donation forms, scotch tape, bins, price tags. Most, if not all, items are already available for use through Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Arrange a driver to dispose of scrap metal.

Challenges

Publicity—raising awareness of the event.

Group Type

Nonprofit

Strategic Priority Addressed

Affordable Housing in an Inclusive CommunityVital living for all our residents

Result

To spread word of Habitat for Humanity, to collect scrap metal to properly dispose of, and to raise money for Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Special Points of Interest

"Habitat ReStore is nonprofit retail outlet specializing in the resale of new and gently used furniture, appliances and building materials to the general public. All materials are donated by local retail businesses, building contractors, suppliers and individuals, and are made available for sale to the public at deep discounts. All donations are tax deductible, and proceeds go back to our local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate to build houses for low‐income families in our community."