Closure possible if volunteers can’t be found
THE Mt Beauty Uniting Church Op-shop has been threatened with closure due to a lack of volunteers, the shop’s co-ordinator, Joy Whitman, said last week.
“We are in desperate need of more helping hands to keep our doors open,” she said.
“We have already been forced to close on Tuesdays, which our research showed was our lowest trading day.”
The Mt Beauty Op-shop has been running for over twenty years, and has a strong reputation for high quality and low prices.
It carries a wide range of good quality clothing for all ages as well as toys, books and household goods.
The shop also has regular sales and celebrates special occasions such as Christmas and Mothers’ Day, and also serves as a local hub where many people drop in for a chat.
Ms Whitman said that help was also needed behind the scenes to sort and display goods and send unwanted items on.
“Surplus stock is passed on to several charities such as Samaritan’s Purse and the Wodonga Women’s Refuge, and unsaleable items have to be sent to the tip, which uses up money which would be better spent on someone in need.
“A percentage of proceeds from sales goes to the Uniting Church where it is used for charitable purposes, and the rest goes to local groups who apply to us for funding.”
Ms Whitman is very keen to hear from people willing to work at the op-shop either behind the counter or behind the scenes.
Please call 0417361892 to volunteer or for more information.
GREAT STUFF: Op-shop co-ordinator Joy Whitman (left) with volunteers Gill Woods and Angie Hammerer show some of the wares available from the Mt Beauty op-shop.