Most people are familiar with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for families using mostly volunteer labor and often donated or discounted materials. President Jimmy Carter did a lot to make people aware of the good work they do by his involvement with this fine organization. In addition to building homes, Habitat “deconstructs” homes and uses the recovered materials in other building projects. Finally, Habitat operates ReStores that are run by volunteers, and that accept contributions of a variety of new or recycled household items (paint, flooring, light fixtures, etc.) that they then resell to the public.
I recently worked on a Habitat house for the second time (the first time was many years ago).