Some volunteer roles don’t get to enjoy the spotlight, but it’s often the low-profile projects that exhibit the most humility and hard work by young volunteers.

That is what is said of Michael Zelewski, an Eagle Scout who has volunteered at GRACEful Buys with his brother, Andrew, for two years.

Michael’s most recent project was for his Eagle project, which entailed replacing the retaining wall lining the side entrance of GRACEful Buys Grapevine.

While he and his friends literally improved our curb appeal, the new siding also prevented safety hazards for customers by reinforcing the structure of the sidewalk.

“Michael and his team exhibit a lot of heart in their projects,” noted GRACEful Buys Grapevine Manager Terri Haun. “We are blessed to have young people who understand they are improving more than a store; their work improves lives of families in our community!”

The group planned the logistics well in advance, working into the evening with no shortage of smiles, encouragement and the can-do attitude that makes GRACE a special haven for special volunteers.

Many would be surprised to know that our biggest volunteer need is at our resale sites. A portion of our operational funds rely on the success of our resale operations, and our stores are often the first impression people have of GRACE in the community.

Volunteers are needed at all three resale sites to be ambassadors of the GRACE mission, organizing merchandise, welcoming customers or helping load furniture.

In addition, if you have carpentry skills GRACE welcomes special projects on an as-needed basis, and might include painting, landscaping, minor repairs, carpentry or construction.

Michael’s dad took progress photos so we can see what a difference the reinforcement made! Thanks to Michael and Michael’s family and friends for investing their time into making our facilities more functional and beautiful!