Clo­sure pos­si­ble if vol­un­teers can’t be found

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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