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United We Dine Fundraiser is Thursday, March 7

Local eateries are teaming up with United Way to raise funds for more than 30 non-profit partner programs vital to those in need in Montgomery, Stewart and Houston counties. 

On Thursday, March 7 dine at one of the places listed below and a portion of your check will be donated to local programs through the United Way.

All partner programs benefiting from these funds work to accomplish United Way’s mission to improve the health, education and financial stability of friends, families and coworkers in the Clarksville area.

Participating locations include:

8 things to donate when renovating your home

If anything is a constant in home improvement, it’s the trash. Home improvement projects tend to leave behind plenty of sawdust, screws and scraps of wood.

Donating your renovation materials keeps functional — and often desirable — items out of the landfill. Other renovators get the materials they need for their projects, and you get to help others while getting rid of your trash. Many Habitat ReStores provide donation pickup services, and your donations may qualify for a tax deduction. Donating is a win-win situation!

8 types of construction waste that can be donated:

1. Sinks, toilets and bathtubs

Donating is a great way to keep these bulky items out of the landfill. If you’re donating a bathtub or sink, make sure that they are not stained and do not have chips in the porcelain. If you are remodeling an older bathroom, your vintage fixtures will be surprisingly popular at the local architectural salvage store.

2. Cabinets

Remodeling a kitchen often means replacing kitchen cabinets. Luckily, someone else may want those kitchen cabinets you remove, and recycling them will cut down on construction waste. Kitchen cabinets should be in good working order: Check to make sure that the drawer pulls work, and keep the doors and drawers together when you donate them.

3. Working appliances

You also can donate working appliances like stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines. They need to be clean and in good working order. Habitat for Humanity will help these appliances find a new home.

4. Doors and windows

Both internal and external doors can be used by someone else. The most useful doors are clean and undamaged, so look for holes or alterations before donating. Sliding glass patio doors also can be donated. If you are donating sliding glass doors or windows, checking for cracks or holes in the glass is particularly important; these cracks might make the glass unstable and likely to break.

5. Lumber

Wood from framing or home improvement projects can be easily recycled. Most organizations that accept donated lumber request that it come without exposed nails and screws because these can pose a safety hazard. Other concerns include wood with ripped or sharp edges and some types of treated wood. Salvage shops usually