This month, we are focusing on an often-overlooked way to support local nonprofits: thrift stores. We all know they are great for finding bargains, but how often do we stop to consider what an essential role thrift stores are playing in the support of others? Not only do they offer items at remarkably lower prices, their revenue often helps fund essential programming at local nonprofits.
You can help by cleaning out closets and donating items or by volunteering your time in the stores. From sorting and shelving to customers and cleaning, these stores depend on volunteers to keep their operating costs low and to make sure any profit goes where it is needed most. Check out these two great options that are listed on JustServe.org:
MUST Marketplace: Volunteer with MUST Ministries in Marietta as a greeter, cashier or stocker. All funds are reinvested in its programming.
Bascomb Mission Thrift: With two shifts to choose from each day and a variety of positions to fill, there’s no reason not to check out this standing opportunity in Woodstock.
Alternatively, you also can volunteer at these community closets that offer apparel at no cost to their clients:
Keep Families Together by Sorting and Preparing “Shop”: Sponsored by Together for Families, this great resource center in Kennesaw even allows children to volunteer and sort with their families.
Help Dress Those in Need: Volunteers can help sort and hang clothes every Tuesday morning at House of Hope in Canton. All are welcome!
Be sure to check out these great projects and many others on JustServe.org. Or join the JustServe Georgia Volunteers Public Group on Facebook for additional ideas. You can make a difference in someone’s life. Sign up on JustServe.org today.
JustServe.org is a free international website and app that works to match volunteers with nonprofit organizations and service opportunities. We have local representatives right here in our area. If you run a nonprofit or are looking for ways to make service a regular part of your life, check out JustServe.org. You can sign up for regular updates and learn more about organizations nearby, too. JustServe makes it easy to just go out and serve!
– Susannah MacKay is a local JustServe specialist. She grew up in Marietta and loves helping strengthen her community through service! Follow her on Facebook @JustServeGeorgia.