Op shop funds list of charities
It has taken three years of to-ing and fro-ing for a church-based op shop in Geraldine to gain charitable status.
Rosie’s Recycled Clothing is run by volunteers who are nearly all associated with St Andrew’s Church. All profits are earmarked for charity.
New reporting standards for charities came into effect in April 2015, to ensure accountability and maintain the integrity of the charity sector.
Shop volunteer and board member Myra Severinsen said Rosie’s applied for charity status before the deadline but only received approval this year.
‘‘We had to use a solicitor as the forms were the wrong ones and they were sent back.’’
Other problems included their objectives not being specific enough, according to the Government’s Charities Services, resulting in the shop having to rewrite its constitution and set up a board and publicly advertise its annual meetings.
The result of being certified as a corporation means it is now a charitable trust and it is exempt from Goods and Services Tax (GST) but must provide annual financial statements. With the recycled clothing selling for $1 to $10 per item, paying tax would be a nightmare, Severinsen said.
The shop was originally established by the Temuka Baptist Church as an outreach. It closed in the early 2000s and was then used as an outreach by St Andrews Church in Geraldine, morphing into the op shop.
It raises between $12,000 and $26,000 a year, which is distributed about six times a year to various non-profit organisations and groups.
So far this year funds have been given to local youth projects, Child Cancer, a local foodbank, teen mums, Orphans Aide, Kiwi Family Trust, Hospice South Canterbury and local missions.
The only overheads for the shop are power and rent.
Volunteers keep emergency packs in reserve to give to victims of house fires or other unforeseen incidents.
There are 45 to 50 volunteers on the roster and they pride themselves in only selling good quality clothing.
Any items not considered up to scratch are sent to Cancer Care in Christchurch.
If they cannot use them, they are made into weed mats.