Endeavour Foundation calls on volunteers to help in retail store

Endeavour Foundation calls on volunteers to help in retail store

 

 

Endeavour Recycled Clothing (ERC) Warana is calling for volunteers to help in-store. Due to the store's high need for volunteers, it will hold a volunteer drive this Thursday, 14 October.

The public and media are encouraged to come along to the store on Thursday and see the many benefits volunteering provides.

Not only does it provide a great sense of fulfilment, but volunteering offers flexible hours, is a wonderful social opportunity and a great way to up-skill in areas such as customer service, administration, visual merchandising and register operation.

Chriss Hillier, 61, started volunteering at the Endeavour Recycled Clothing Caloundra store in June and hasn‟t looked back.

“I just love it,” she said. Chriss walked in as an enthusiastic customer and walked out of the store a volunteer.

“I was in there shopping away when I saw the sign for volunteers. I had a relative who had Down Syndrome, so when I found that the store needed volunteers I jumped at the chance to help out,” she said.

“I adore being at the store. I meet so many different people from all walks of life. We get customers who are young kids right up to elderly people. It‟s a great social experience with both the customers and other volunteers.

“And of course it makes you feel so good. When I go home I think „Wow. I‟ve done something‟. I enjoy giving back to the community.”

Chriss encouraged others to join Endeavour Recycled Clothing volunteers.

“A lot of people congratulate you for volunteering and giving back to the community, but not many actually put up their hand and do it. But it‟s so rewarding and absolutely great fun.”

Endeavour Recycled Clothing Warana volunteers and store manager Jeanette Bogle will be at Thursday‟s volunteer drive, to answer questions and show people around the store. The event will also feature free tastings of Kingaroy Kitchen fine foods, which are proudly made by Endeavour Foundation supported employees with a disability.

Endeavour Recycled Clothing Warana is one of 35 ERC stores throughout Queensland and one of 11 on the Sunshine Coast, which sell quality pre-loved clothing along with a sprinkling of never-before-worn garments at affordable prices.

The store sells surfwear, sportswear, fashion items, accessories, toys and books. Endeavour Recycled Clothing Warana opened more than 15 years ago and while customers are constantly impressed with the high quality and high-end look of the store and its garments, store manager Jeanette needs more volunteers to help run it.

“We have about 10 volunteers on the books but we always need more,” Jeanette said.

All Endeavour Recycled Clothing proceeds go to Endeavour Foundation‟s efforts of providing accommodation, education and employment services for more than 3,400 people with a disability throughout Queensland and Sydney.

On the Sunshine Coast Endeavour Foundation has 18 accommodation services, three Learning and Lifestyle services, Post School Services in Nambour, and Endeavour Foundation Industries Maroochydore which provides employment opportunities for people with a disability.

For more details about Endeavour Recycled Clothing Warana call Jeanette at the store on (07) 5493 5630.

Contact

Jo Glover, Media and Communications Officer
Phone: (07) 3908 7257, 0429 065 440
Fax: (07) 3253 7271
Email: j.glover@endeavour.com.au