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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:07

Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity (DPCHFH) is seeking an Assistant ReStore Manger. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the current Manager, help build ReStore, assist in the move to a new location, and potentially take over as ReStore Manager in 2015. This is a part-time position requiring 24 hours per week and paying $960 per month. A full position description is available below. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume and the names and contact information for three (3) references to Michael D. Parsons, Executive Director, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The position is open until filled with the first review of applications starting October 14, 2014.


Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat ReStore Assistant Manager

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need.

Job Description

Job summary:
Support the Habitat ReStore Manager in the administration of resources in a professional manner assuring that the income over expenses meets and/or exceeds that goal established by the board. This is to be accomplished in part by managing personnel and expenses and soliciting sales and donations. The Restore Assistant Manager reports directly to the ReStore Manager and carries out duties and tasks assigned by the Manager. In the absence of the Manager, the Assistant Manager acts as the Manager.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Supports DPCHFH ReStore operations to achieve goals within budget and with available personnel.

  • Assists in development and implementation of programs to enhance sales, salvage, product acquisition, marketing and advertising integrated with local and national strategies.
  • Provide high quality, consistent customer service experience in the Habitat ReStore and ensure issues are professionally resolved and reported in a timely basis.

  • As directed, schedules and assists with donation pick-ups in a timely manner convenient to the donor.

  • Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and HFH regulations.

  • When requested, promotes DPCHFH and the ReStore to various special interest groups, other businesses, churches and others.

  • Assists Store Manager in responsibility for the store

  • Consistently creates a welcoming environment for the customer by greeting and assisting; as well as quickly responding to customer inquiries and needs

  • Assists Store Manager with providing a strong leadership presence and control in store, while ensuring that all customers receive good service and quality merchandise

  • Regularly communicates with Store Manager to discuss strengths, opportunities, and trends in business

  • Ensures all pricing, signage, and displays are correct at all times

  • Performs all duties as directed by supervisor

    Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to plan, organize and oversee implementation of  goals and objectives, including monitoring work assignments, developing and monitoring budgets and evaluating the work of subordinates.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, staff, volunteers and the general public.

  • Position requires a high school degree or equivalent.

  • Demonstrated history of being a self- starter and the ability to respond to high standards of customer service and satisfaction

  • Retail, service, and/or moving experience a plus.

  • Demonstrate reasonable familiarity with building materials. 

  • Exhibit strong organizational skills, accuracy and good record keeping when dealing with financial transactions.

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds, squat, bend and stand for extended periods



Cycling for Humanity
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:27


You have seen them in the Tour de France riding on narrow seats and skinny tires speeding over mountains that cars strain to climb. You have seen them bumping shoulders and throwing elbows as they sprint at 40 miles per hour in a mad dash to the finish line. You have seen them ride through tunnels of screaming fans that would reduce a golfer or tennis player to tears demanding quiet so they could concentrate. These are professionals who make a living doing what most people consider play. Still, why would you ride a road bicycle if it was not your job and if you had to pay for the pleasure?

President John F. Kennedy suggested riding because “nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” Enjoying an open country road with the smell of Fall in your face as the miles rolling silently by under your wheels is a pleasure we should all embrace and savor as the days shorten and Winter threatens. Albert Einstein claimed to have discovered the theory of relativity while bicycling. True or not, you have to love those wonderful photos of him riding his bicycle. Ernest Hemingway suggested it is the only real way to learn a county. All great reasons to ride but why do local cyclists ride?

Cary Wright, a local cyclist, who might be better known as a soccer coach and English teacher, rides for the “freedom of taking a new turn” and the pleasure of seeing “a new land open up when a bicycle rider takes a new path.” Cary has been riding mountain bikes since 1994 and only took up road cycling this year. He has ridden in two benefit rides and enjoys the supportive, social atmosphere one experiences on the road with a group of riders.

Michael D. Parsons, DPCHFH Executive Director, has been cycling since the 1970s. For him benefit rides are a way to support your favorite causes while engaging in your favorite activity. In his words, “the ride costs $25 which supports affordable housing but you get so much more back riding with friends, making new friends, rest stops and a t-shirt to remember a day well spent.” He also sees the ride as an important contribution to the Danville economy. Parsons notes that “cyclists are typically from higher income brackets” which means they have more disposable income to spend when they visit Danville and the region to ride in events such as the DOAR Tour de Habitat.

The October 11th DOAR Tour de Habitat will offer 20, 35 and 60-mile route options. The routes will accommodate beginners as well as advanced riders. You can register on Facebook.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 14:19

Helping Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity (DPCHFH) fulfill its mission of building homes is as easy as donating a used car or vehicle. The car donation process is quick and easy. When you donate a car to Cars for Homes, you will help DPCHFH build and rehabilitate houses in partnership with families in need of affordable shelter. Just call toll-free 1-877-277-4344 or go online to . In addition to helping DPCHFH your donation of an automobile or other vehicle, you may be eligible for a tax deduction.

Cars for Homes accepts:






Construction or farm equipment

Any other vehicle ― running or not!

Donate that old vehicle today! Recycling is good for the environment, the donation is good for Habitat families, and the tax benefits can be good for you.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:11

Can you really change the world by playing in a disc golf tournament? You can if it is the 4th Annual Build a Better World Disc Golf Tournament, Saturday, October 18 at the Ballou Park disc golf course in Danville, Virginia. Proceeds will support DPCHFH’s home building program. You can play even if it is your first time tossing a Frisbee. Even more exciting, you can share the course with Ken Tyburski, a math teacher at Chatham Hall, who placed first in his division of the 2014 Professional Disc Golf Association Amateur Masters World Championship. Try getting on the field at a local Braves game and see what happens.

Come to play or to watch. There will be two rounds of play. The first round will be a team competition, captain's choice. Golfers will be grouped into teams by skill level or you may register an entire team of four. Round 1 will be thrown from the white tees.

After the first 18 holes, there will be a quick break for lunch while we award the open tournament winners. Lunch will be provided! There will be prizes for "Closest to the Pin" and "Longest Drive". You might win a great DPCHFH t-shirt. There is no better fashion wear.

Next there will be an optional individual round of play to see who is the best of the best! Players may throw from their choice of white or blue tees. Each tee will be separate competition.

Registration starts at 8:15am. Tee off for Round One starts at 9:00am. Register at

Changing the world will never be this easy or this much fun. Plus the first 20 tournament entrants will receive a free disc!

Tour de Habitat Returns
Friday, 22 August 2014 10:21

The phrase “it takes a village” has been overused to the point of becoming a cliché but it might still be applied to the upcoming Tour de Habitat bicycle ride. The charity ride, which is scheduled for 8 am October 11th, would never have happened had it not be for the support of several key individuals, the generous support of Danville Orthopedic and Rehabilitation ( ), and the willingness of The River District Festival ( to include the event in its schedule of activities. Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity (DPCHFH) had wanted to renew its support of the Tour but had found it was too large of a project to carry out alone thus the Tour had been on hiatus for several years. This multi-organizational effort has brought the Tour back to Danville.

Lauren Mathena, Associate Administrator of DOAR & Affiliates and a DPCHFH Board member, was instrumental in bring the groups together. In discussing the Tour with her, she was quick to credit her co-worker James Turner for his effort in making the Tour a reality. She noted that “James was interested in organizing a bicycle ride and have the proceeds go to Habitat so it was only natural to support him.” Mr. Turner is an avid bicyclist and Habitat supporter. During a planning meeting for the event he recalled some of his work with the West Main Baptist Church roofing crewing stating proudly that he has his “own tool belt and is ready to pound roofing nails when needed.” Eric Hash, River District Festival Chairman, helped facilitate the addition of the Tour to the River District Festival’s calendar of events. Mr. Hash was excited “with the rich range of events the Festival will offer Danville this year including the Glow with the Flow 5 K, the half-marathon, the adventure race and now the Tour.”

The rechristened ride will be known as the DOAR’s Tour de Habitat a Benefit Ride for DPCHFH. There will be 20, 35 and 60-mile route options allowing riders of all ability levels to participate. For all details and to pre-register, visit In addition, riders may register on the day of the ride starting at 7:30 am with the ride starting at 8:00am. This is an official River District Festival event. Riders are encouraged to stay, or return after freshening up, to enjoy the food, music, and vendors at the River District Festival. Proceeds from the bicycle tour will go to support DPCHFH’s home building program.

While the ride benefits the DPCHFH home building program, it is important to clarify the too common misconception that Habitat gives away houses. Michael D. Parsons, DPCHFH Executive Director, emphasized that “in fact, every partner family must work to build their home, make a down payment and pay a monthly mortgage. DPCHFH gives a hand up to families who are qualified and willing to work but who would never qualify for a conventional home mortgage.” Funding for home building comes from donations, gifts, grants and events such as the Tour. Habitat is firmly rooted in the American tradition of volunteerism and neighbors helping neighbors.

The organizations coming together to make the Tour de Habitat happen are an excellent example of that tradition at work. Individuals, a for-profit organization, a non-profit organization, and a community organization, with support from the City of Danville, all came together to support those who are looking for hand up to a better life. When you see those riders in their resplendent cycling kits depart from the Main Street Plaza at 8 am on October 11th, remember that it may not take a village to develop affordable housing but it does take a community-wide effort.

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