Korri Williams, 18, is a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She has been volunteering regularly at the HabiJax ReStore since fall 2016 to earn community service hours for a scholarship. She needed 200 hours for the scholarship and completed over half of her hours at the HabiJax ReStore. But, once she started volunteering she was hooked and has become a regular, “Habiholic” volunteer. When you come out to shop, donate, or volunteer, you’ll likely see Korri in the Beach Blvd. ReStore.
We recently sat down with Korri to ask her some questions about how she got started volunteering and what keeps bringing her back. If you’d love to learn more about Korri, please read on below!
Why did you, initially, choose to volunteer at the HabiJax ReStore?
My mom looks for volunteer opportunities for me to do. She heard about the opportunity to volunteer at the ReStore through [our] church, and she signed me up.
What made you continue to return to do volunteer work at the HabiJax ReStore?
I needed my 200 community service hours [for a scholarship], and I knew I could get the bulk of my hours done here. I started, really, liking it, so that’s why I continued to come here.
What do you like about volunteering at the HabiJax ReStore?
I like helping out, and I, really, like the message that the HabiJax ReStore has. I also like the people here. They’re funny and they’re nice. It’s a, really, fun and chill environment.
What do you enjoy doing the most during your volunteer shifts?
I like pricing [items] and making sales tags. Pricing allows me to see all the new, cute things. It’s fun..
Which staff member do you like working with the most during your volunteer shifts?
Angie [our part-time cashier]. We always have a good, fun time. Being around her makes the time go by fast too.
Would you recommend volunteering at the HabiJax ReStore to someone else? Have you recommended it to someone?
Yes. I talk about it at school to my friends, and I’ve suggested it to them.
I think I will. I know I will miss the people here, and I would want to come back to see them.
Do you think volunteer work, in general, is something that’s important? Why or why not?
Yes. It builds character and it builds work ethic. I also think it builds a moral compass. If you don’t volunteer, you won’t really understand what it’s like to help people.
Do you think more people, in general, should volunteer?
Yes. Volunteering can be an eye-opener to better understand what it’s like for people that need help. People who don’t volunteer may be closed-minded. Volunteering can also bring happiness. It has brought me happiness knowing that I am helping people.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not volunteering?
I like to practice my trumpet, paint and watch Netflix.
What are the top three things you like to watch on Netflix?
Luke Cage, Daredevil and different comedy specials.
What is your favorite dessert?
Marble cake or red velvet cake. I love cake.
Any other information you want to share?
I always have a good time here. The people are nice. They always say, “Good morning,” and ask how I’m doing. It’s just a, really, good environment.
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We think Korri is pretty wise beyond her years and has learned some great insights into volunteering! Thank you for your continuing service to the HabiJax mission, Korri!