Salt Lake Valley ReStore achieves $1 million in sales
The Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a home improvement thrift store, announced it has reached the major milestone of $1 million in purchases in a year. All proceeds from the store go to benefit the Habitat for Humanity housing proram.
The ReStore profits will be used to fund the “Field of Dreams Eco-community” project in Kearns, according to a press release. The community includes 20 new homes being built on a rehabilitated 2-acre piece of land that was an abandoned baseball field. The homes are designed to be super-efficient, costing homeowners only $1.50 per day in utilities, the press release states.
“Support from our community has provided countless hard-working families with a place to call home,” Ed Blake, CEO for Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity, said. “The ReStore accepts home improvement donations such as extra tile from a job, or kitchen cabinets from a remodel and then sells these items at a fraction of retail value to others so they can improve their own homes. It is a miracle machine that keeps 681 tons of refuse out of our landfill every year and turns it into affordable housing.”
Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity has built more than 100 homes in Salt Lake County, the press release states. Homes are built largely by volunteers and the families who will live in the homes, which are sold at no-profit with a no-interest mortgage.
Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. The stores accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at lower prices than typical retail. Learn more about Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity and the ReStore by visiting its website, https://www.habitatsaltlake.com/.
True North Axe Throwing opens in Provo mall
True North Axe Throwing is now open at Provo Towne Center, located on the upper level of the mall near the food court.
According to a press release, the axe throwing company offers the “full axe throwing experience” complete with coaching and league play. It’s also the only National Axe Throwing Federation sanctioned range in Utah, the press release states.
Axe throwing coaches are available for training and assistance when people throw for the first time. The Provo Towne Center location can accommodate up to 50 players at a time.
True North Axe Throwing at Provo Towne Center is open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
FedEx Express to hold Job Fair on Wednesday
FedEx Express is holding a job fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at 3834 W. 1580 North in Salt Lake City.
According to a press release, there are permanent part-time positions available, with hourly rates starting at $14, a minimum guarantee of 17.5 hours a week and medical coverage with premiums less than $10 per month. There are also vision and dental benefits available, along with tuition benefits and both day and night shifts.
The press release also states FedEx Express holds a “promote from within” philosophy, as well as training and growth opportunities and career opportunities nationwide.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old. There are no minimum education requirements, but applicants must have five years of residency in the United States, be able to lift 50 pounds, and be subject to a criminal background check and drug screen. Interested applicants should also bring two forms of valid identification, such as a driver’s license, social security card or passport.
Utah is the most financially independent state
In a recent report, personal finance website WalletHub ranked Utah as the No. 1 most financially independent state in the country. Following Utah were Nebraska, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Colorado for the top five spots. The least financially independent states, according to the report, are South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska and Kentucky.
To create the rankings, WalletHub compared the 50 states in five sources of dependency: consumer finances, the government, the job market, international trade and personal vices, breaking each of those five categories into 39 key indicators of independence to determine the most self-sustaining states.
Although Utah ranked highest overall, it didn’t make the top five for all the different categories. Utah ranked No. 1 for highest percentage of households with rainy-day and emergency funds; No. 2 for highest median household income, adjusted by cost of living; No. 4 for least federally dependent; No. 4 for lowest percentage of adult drug users; and No. 1 for lowest percentage of adult binge drinkers.
Read the full report findings on the WalleHub website.