Thrift Shop hot spot for shoppers, volunteers

Do you have a few hours a week to give to volunteering?

The Thrift Shop at 153 Main St. is open and volunteers are ready to greet customers. We welcome you to stop in and have a look at the fabulous clothing for the whole family. There’s a bag sale on right now until September 28. The shoe rack holds 150 pairs and it’s almost full. The racks of housewares are carefully stocked by our wonderful volunteers. And there’s lots of furniture to choose from.

Your donations of good used items are still needed because the stock moves quickly at the Thrift Shop. Drop off your good used items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday to Saturday. If you see something you like better buy it right then because the next time you visit it will likely have been sold. We are so grateful to our loyal customers who come in often.

Turning now to the volunteers that work in the Thrift Shop – that’s right, every last one of them is a volunteer. There are no paid staff members working there. And if you want to join the ranks of these great volunteers then give us a call at the Community Care office at 613-476-7493. The saying goes “many hands make light work” and it is so true at the Thrift Shop. To get started you simply need to express your interest, fill out an application form, attend an orientation, and then you, too, can experience the fun and satisfaction of being a volunteer at the Thrift Shop. The next orientation session is on Tuesday, Oct. 8th.

If the Thrift Shop isn’t your thing, there are other volunteer positions that will appeal to seasoned volunteers; to people seeking their first volunteer experience; to those who have a few hours to give; and for those who have several hours a week; for those looking for a group experience; and for people wishing to work on their own; some positions are social and others are individual; some are ongoing, and other positions are one-time, project based. Why not start the conversation and see what’s right for you?

We’re always recruiting new volunteers because there are more seniors to help, more things to be done. At the present time, we have openings at the Thrift Shop; delivering Meals on Wheels; driving seniors to appointments; helping at the congregate dining program; visiting or calling seniors; helping on the reception desk in the office or at the Foot Care Clinics (held in Wellington and Rossmore).

Check our website for information on the agency. Today is the day for you to get involved. Think of this column as a personal invitation from me to you.

Debbie MacDonald Moynes