Thrift Shop Volunteers Urgently Needed!

Do you enjoy meeting new people? Would you like to work in retail? Most importantly, do you have a few hours a week to spend in a fulfilling service opportunity?

If your answer is yes, the Society invites you to join the dedicated women and men who staff and manage our Great Kills Thrift Shop.

The shop, located at 10 Brown Avenue, carries high-quality, gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, knick-knacks and holiday items, tagged at the lowest discount prices. The hard-working and devoted individuals who volunteer at the store fulfill their pledge to raise funds that benefit the SIMHS’s diverse programs for children with special needs and their families.

No experience is needed, just energy and enthusiasm. To keep the store running smoothly, staffers fill a mixed bag of roles. Jobs include sorting and inventorying donations, hanging and displaying clothing in an attractive manner, keeping the shop decor and merchandise seasonal, helping customers select and coordinate outfits, collecting money, and keeping records of donations and sales.

Since its doors opened in 1963, all proceeds have gone back to the Society, adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to its coffers and helping the mental health agency meet the ever-growing demand for its services for children with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, developmental and intellectual challenges. Last year the thrift shops’ contribution helped us assist more than 5,300 Staten Island children.

“As a thrift shop volunteer, your compensation is the satisfaction of knowing that you are acting to raise the quality of life of the Island’s most vulnerable children,” said  Director of Volunteer Services Maryann Striffolino. “Moreover, you are enabling consumers on limited budgets to find just the items they need at affordable prices.”

For more information about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, call Ms. Striffolino at 718-442-2225, Ext. 304.