Keep your wal­let closed

The pain-free way to do­nate

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - All Aboard -

IN 2012, All Aboard cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary and raised money for more than 50 UK-based Jewish char­i­ties and lo­cal hospi­tal trusts, through char­ity-shop trad­ing. Quite an achieve­ment, but it wants to do even more in 2013. You can help — and you won’t even have to open your wal­let, just your cup­boards.

Spend noth­ing on calls — to ar­range a col­lec­tion, just email col­lec­tions@al­laboard­ or see­laboard­

Spend noth­ing on petrol — All Aboard will col­lect from your home, Mon­day to Fri­day. (If you can de­liver the goods your­self, so much the bet­ter.)

Spend noth­ing on pack­ag­ing — re­cy­cle your car­ri­ers and boxes.

Even bet­ter, through Gift Aid, the tax­man gives All Aboard an ex­tra 25 per cent in­come on the value of Gift-Aided items sold, just like a mon­e­tary do­na­tion.

All Aboard has a pol­icy of not buy­ing in mer­chan­dise, but re­lies on do­na­tions to stock its 18 shops. It is lucky enough to re­ceive new goods from man­u­fac­tur­ers, re­tail­ers and whole­salers (in­clud­ing a reg­u­lar sup­ply of vin­tage cloth­ing), as well as sec­ond-hand goods from peo­ple’s own homes.

By do­nat­ing your goods, in­clud­ing saleable cloth­ing, li­nens, china, bric-a-brac and house­hold items, you help gen­er­ate in­come from things you no longer want.

In part­ner­ship with For­got­ten Mo­bile, All Aboard can now take your old mo­bile phones (they don’t even have to work). Drop them in the spe­cial box at your lo­cal branch or give them to drivers when they col­lect other goods.

Tell your friends about All Aboard on your so­cial net­work­ing sites. All Aboard has Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts, so add All Aboard as a friend, to re­ceive char­ity shop news and view re­cent pic­tures.

As an All Aboard vol­un­teer you can as­sist in all as­pects of the daily run­ning of the busi­ness, such as sort­ing goods, win­dow dress­ing and serv­ing cus­tomers. There are also ad­min vol­un­teer­ing va­can­cies at head of­fice in Edg­ware.

All Aboard works with the Lang­don com­mu­nity (see page 14) by sell­ing do­nated books on Ama­zon and eBay. By cor­rectly assess­ing the mar­ket value, All Aboard raises the max­i­mum amount. The other ma­jor pur­pose of this ven­ture is to pro­vide work place­ments for young Jewish peo­ple with mild to mod­er­ate learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, and help them to in­ter­act with oth­ers and gain self con­fi­dence.

All Aboard’s char­i­ta­ble pur­pose is to en­cour­age and pro­mote re­cy­cling and the pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment for the pub­lic ben­e­fit.

All Aboard shops raise funds for more than 50 UK char­i­ties

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