Until his retirement a few months ago, Anthony worked in architecture and engineering with Target Corp. That background made him a perfect fit for helping Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity build out its newest ReStore. Specifically, Anthony used his building experience to help organize and supervise the volunteers who transformed the new ReStore from empty warehouse into one of the nicest ReStore’s in the country.
“Volunteers are always trying to figure out what they should be doing,” Tony said. “Some of them have never even painted, and you’ve got to teach them.” His grin and New Zealand accent are infectious. “And that’s right up my alley.” He looked around the as yet opened store as he answered questions. “It’s good hard work, and fun people to work with.”
Tony was an ever-present figure in the store during construction. He was always quick to make sure volunteers knew what to do. If they didn’t he was a patient teacher as he showed them how to do whatever tasks needed doing. “The groups have been really enjoyable to work with.”
Though Tony is an excellent guide and supervisor, he was totally at home working on his own. He was always happy to be doing any task in front of him, from painting, to installing fixtures, to building product displays.
“When I first retired, I really didn’t know what to do with myself,” Tony said. “A former boss recommended I volunteer at Habitat. I’ve always believed you have to give back, so I checked it out and discovered they were building a new ReStore. I’ve worked on Habitat projects before and thought this sounded like a good fit for me. Habitat’s a good organization and they do good things in the community, so I signed up."
"In future, I'll continue volunteering," Tony said. "I don't know yet whether it will be in ReStore or building houses, or maybe both."
"After volunteering in the store, I really believe everyone should spend some time volunteering with Habitat.” Tony explained. “Personally, I believe you have to give back. You have to. And this was the perfect fit for me.”