You may have seen their bright orange trucks and smiling faces in the driveways and streets of Lexington beginning on November 15, 2012. They are a band of honest, uniformed, nice, knowledgeable students eager to help with your hauling needs. College HUNKS Hauling Junk (CHHJ) has hit it off with a bang and quickly worked their way into our collective ReStore hearts. They support a variety of causes and we are blessed to be one of them.
Kentucky native and UK graduate Marty Vaughn spent five years as the Outreach Coordinator for the Woodford Humane Society before opening the Lexington branch of CHHJ. The combination of her support for local non-profits and drive to keep usable materials out of the landfill made the ReStore a natural partner. In the mere year and a half since their opening, College Hunks has dropped off reusable material to us approximately 200 times. They not only diverted the items from the landfill; bringing them to the ReStore has helped raise money to build homes, community, and hope here in Fayette County. More than 60% of the items they haul are diverted, finding a second life when they are recycled or donated. Nationally, the franchise has diverted about 10,000 tons of material.
The crews have also been instrumental in helping with large last-minute donations. In a perfect world we would have weeks to plan our large jobs, but the ReStore also thrives when it comes to crunch time. The only reason we can make it seem effortless in this world of organized chaos is the support of partners like CHHJ. With multiple trucks and a part-time staff of eight, they come through to solve our transportation shortages.
Marty says “I am so grateful College Hunks Hauling Junk has been able to partner with the Habitat Restore as I have long been a supporter (and shopper!) in the Lexington store. Non-profits are very close to my heart and I am thrilled that we can help to raise funds for the Habitat mission while giving gently used items a ‘second-life’.”
In a short time, College Hunks Hauling Junk has shown itself to be an environmental advocate, a top-tier ReStore donor and referral source, and a major Lexington Habitat for Humanity supporter. Not stopping there, they also donate a portion of revenue to College Bound, a non-profit college scholarship program that mentors and provides financial aid to underprivileged students.
For more information visit the CHHJ website.