Ridgefield Thrift Shop Needs You! Consider Volunteering!

The most frequently asked question by our shoppers is, “When are you guys going to open more days for shopping?”

Effective the week of June 21st we will be adding Fridays to our Wednesday - Saturday 12-4 pm schedule. All of the volunteers would like RTS to be open every day, but we find ourselves short-handed. To have the shop run safely and efficiently we need at least double the number of people presently working on open days.

That’s why we’re reaching out to YOU! Here is what you may be asking yourself about volunteering.

  1.      What is involved in being a volunteer? Each volunteer commits to three shifts a month, a shift being four hours long.
  2.      What is the process of becoming a volunteer? Stop by the store and fill out an application. Once your references are checked and your application approved, you will begin your three, four-hour sessions. There will always be someone to help you learn the ropes.
  3.      What does a volunteer do? Here are a few of the many responsibilities. During open hours, volunteers do the following: Assist customers in finding items and in paying for their purchases. Keep dressing rooms neat and admit customers when a room is available. You may have the skills to be a cashier. You will learn to receive and sort donations and how to price and ticket items in the back room. Volunteers replenish stock on the floor as it is sold. There are many more jobs, and as volunteers become familiar with the functions needed to run RTS, they may request or be assigned to other jobs.
  4.      What if it turns out you cannot fulfill the need for the three-monthly required shifts, or you may need time off for family issues or illness? This is expected and you may take off any time you need but just let us know so we can plan accordingly. We will be grateful for whatever time you have given us.

Our wonderful volunteers' remark on how working to make RTS so successful has been one of the most positive things in their lives. The Shop is a happy place to work. Join us and find out for yourself. WE NEED YOU!

One of the smartest men of all time, Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is worth living.”

Martin Luther King: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”

Aristotle: What is the essence of life? To do good and serve others.

Anonymous: Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless; they are not paid because they are priceless.


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