FAQ About Volunteering at Thrift on Woodlawn
Why does Thrift on Woodlawn need volunteers?
Thrift on Woodlawn supports the global relief, development and peace work of Mennonite Central Committee and local partner Working Men of Christ. As part of a network of MCC Thrift Shops that have been around for over 40 years, we follow a business model that relies on volunteer personnel to carry out the receiving of donations, pricing and displaying of items, and providing customer service to shoppers. A few paid staff carry out the day to day managing logistics to ensure consistency and accountability and to make sure volunteers have the resources they need to have a meaningful volunteer experience.
Why should I volunteer?
There are many joys of volunteering!
bring balance into your life, have fun, relieve stress
gain a sense of personal achievement
gain experience which may help secure employment in the workforce
share skills, knowledge or experience
be with people who have common values in supporting the mission of the store
acquire or improve specific skills
meet social needs
feel useful and needed
How often do I need to volunteer?
We prefer that you schedule your volunteer time on a regular basis but we can accommodate you! You can volunteer daily, once a week, one day a month, or any other time commitment you can offer us. On occasion, evening hours and one time volunteer events can be accomodated.
How long are the shifts?
There are two and four hour time slots available. We are willing to work with your schedule and can schedule anytime Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm.
What would I be doing?
A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available, such as, pricing merchandise, testing merchandise, refurbishing furniture, and assistance on our retail sales floor. We have positions to fit every skill set and would love to visit with you to find a role perfect for you! For example, If you enjoy talking to people and organizing, we may have you work on the sales floor as a retail attendant. If you would rather work by yourself, we can find a spot for you in the backroom with processing!
Where do I go to sign up to volunteer?
Sign up by sending an email to email@example.com or messaging Thrift on Woodlawn on Facebook. If you would rather stop by the store, that works too.
Can I use my volunteer hours as community service?
Yes! Volunteer hours can be used for community service or school requirements.
Thrift on Woodlawn is also a placement agency for the Sedgwick County Municipal Court and your hours here can be used in lieu of fines! Your hours here do not apply to court costs, just fines.
Do I have to use the cash register if I volunteer?
Only if you would like to be a regularly scheduled volunteer clerk! If that sounds like a role you would enjoy let us know!