Volunteering here almost seven years ago changed my life immeasurably. My first shift, I was welcomed with enthusiasm and told that any help I could provide was more help than there had been the day before.
I had been suffering from both mental and physical disabilities for years, many of which I have since overcome.
I began working in the back room of the thrift store sorting the incoming items. Over time as my confidence grew I was asked to take on different tasks in both the back and then the front of the store.
I was asked to assist new staff in learning how we complete the various tasks and three years ago I moved into a leadership role.
I am now the Sunday Supervisor and I have the pleasure of reminding staff, old and new that whatever time and effort they are able to provide is more than we had the day before.
Working with a group people who are caring enough to be volunteers is immensely satisfying as well as knowing that I am assisting our customers to purchase items for a great price, while supporting both the firefighters and hospice to continue to do the wonderful work they do.