Our team of volunteer coordinators at St. Vincent de Paul tailor individual and group projects for people who want to give back to their community. One such avenue is Adopt a Store. The St. Vincent de Paul Adopt a Store Program is a unique volunteer opportunity for individuals who wish to help our five thrift stores accomplish tasks that are difficult to complete. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit with five thrift stores. We always have many store projects that our staff members have trouble getting to due to the daily routine of serving customers, handling donations and keeping things in the store orderly.
To the St. Joseph Parish Young Adult Group, we would like to offer our thanks and gratitude for your hard work and efforts this past weekend. This large gathering of 12 members came to the St. Vincent de Paul Aurora Thrift Store to help with various special projects. They donated about 45 hours of service executing projects that would have otherwise remain undone.
The St. Joseph Adopt a Store Volunteers arrived at 10 a.m., received a briefing, and divided into teams, working for over three hours. One team cleaned up entire exterior premises of the store, such as the parking lot and side streets, removed weeds, and disposed of litter. Another team sorted two big boxes (gaylords) of clothing, folding and arranging them in an systematic fashion for staff to place on in-store display racks.
Then another team “flipped” the store by moving racks from one section of the store to another. The St. Joseph Young Adults team moved all of the winter clothing racks to the back of the store and situated instead spring clothing to the front of the store. If that wasn’t enough, they also waxed the chrome racks where clothes hang to help eliminate the squeaky noise.
Their efforts were significant and we thank them for Adopting St. Vincent de Paul Aurora! For more information on our Adopt a Store Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.