Thrift Shop celebrates 20 years in 2021

This year marks 20 years for Community Care’s Thrift Shop.

The shop remains a success for the agency but the pandemic has been a challenge. All funds raised at the Shop stay in The County to assist older adults to live in a home environment in reasonable independence. The shop doors were locked for over 3 months following closure in March 2020 and then closed again during the more recent stay-at-home order. There were renovations required to make the shop safe for both volunteers and customers. Procedures had to be rewritten to meet Public Health requirements. If you’ve been in you have seen the now-familiar arrows and markings for where to stand.

The Thrift Shop is operated daily by volunteers. There are 60 great people who offer their time to help with daily functions of the shop. These people have been absolutely amazing and have taken all of the new requirements in stride. The volunteers are supported by a member of the agency staff as well as by one of the volunteers who schedule the shifts of the volunteers. There are, however, no paid staff on site at the shop. All of the inventory in the shop has been generously donated by members of our community. You’ll find housewares, electronics, knick knacks, lamps, furniture, linens, toys, clothing for the whole family and more.

The volunteers accept donations of items anytime the shop is open. For a time it was required to make an appointment to drop off the donations but that’s no longer needed. The Thrift Shop is open Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4p.m. We used to be open on Saturdays but right now we simply don’t have enough volunteers to do that. If you have 3 hours a week to volunteer at the Thrift Shop then please contact us to start the conversation. Volunteers sort and price the donations, provide customer service, count customers at the door and pick up donated items from members of our community. To volunteer you can call the Community Care office at 613-476-7493 or email info@communitycareforseniors.org For more information and to learn about upcoming sales follow the Thrift Shop Facebook page.

In just a few weeks we’ll be releasing our Spring line of clothing for the whole family! Stop in at the Thrift Shop often to see what’s just in. The volunteers will be happy to see you there!

Community Care has a fabulous line up of online webinars. There are also telephone-only chats for those without a computer. Topics will interest a broad range of seniors. Check our online calendar at www.communitycareforseniors.org for more information.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes