Vin­nies puts out call for helpers

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

CHAR­I­TA­BLE or­gan­i­sa­tions have been help­ing the com­mu­nity for years but now the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety is the one in need.

As Na­tional Op Shop Week kicks off, Vin­nies is re­quest­ing vol­un­teers to work in a va­ri­ety of du­ties from shopfront to do­na­tion bins.

South­ern re­tail man­ager Ma­ree Cole said there were a range of rea­sons for the drop in staff num­bers, but it put more pres­sure on those who stay.

“Peo­ple are re­tir­ing later in life and want more choice in ac­tiv­i­ties to spend their time on,” Mrs Cole said.

Among these ven­tures in­clude trav­el­ling, mov­ing in­ter­state and spend­ing more time with fam­ily.

“Satur­days are in es­pe­cially high de­mand but vol­un­teers are wel­come any time.

“We need peo­ple in the ware­houses, men and women. Any­one who can [vol­un­teer] would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Na­tional Op Shop Week runs un­til Septem­ber 2.

Pic­ture: MATT THOMP­SON

OP­POR­TU­NITY KNOCKS: Store su­per­vi­sor Pauline Ack­erly, right, serves cus­tomer Kim Box­all of New Nor­folk, at the New Nor­folk St Vin­cent de Paul shop.

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