Thrift Shop Volunteers Feted at Luncheon

Tottenville Thrift Shop President Maria Morio (r.) presents a check for the year's proceeds to SIMHS President/CEO Fern Zagor.

Tottenville Thrift Shop President Maria Morio (r.) presents a check for the year’s proceeds to SIMHS President/CEO Fern Zagor.

The 40+ volunteers who staff and manage the Society’s two Thrift Shops were recognized at the Society’s annual Thrift Shop Volunteers Honor Luncheo on May 24 at Piccolino Restaurant.

The Great Kills Thrift Shop at 10 Brown Avenue and the Tottenville Thrift Shop at 233 Main Street stock high quality, gently-used clothing and accessories for women, men, and children, as well as household items, toys, and sundries, at bargain-basement prices.

SIMHS President/CEO Fern A. Zagor lauded the “hard-working” women and men who staff the shops. “Our thrift shop volunteers are doing double duty for Staten Island,” she said. “They offer great merchandise to the community at the lowest prices, and they are helping Staten Island children who need our programs. We are truly blessed and very grateful to our volunteers.”

All proceeds of the thrift shops support the SIMHS’s diverse menu of mental health and related programs that directly assist Staten Island children and their families, Ms. Zagor said, adding that last year, 5,000 children received services.

“New volunteers are always needed at our thrift shops,” noted Maryann Striffolino,  Director of Volunteer Services. “If you have a few hours a week to spare and if you enjoy working with and meeting new people, our thrift shops may be able to use your special talents.” No retailing experience is necessary, she added.

For more information on how to become a volunteer, call Ms. Striffolino at (718) 442-2225.