Hi, This is a brand new blogspot for those who volunteer or would like to volunteer at New River Community Action’s food pantries and nonprofit clothing shops.
WHERE: New River Community Action’s food pantries are at Comm Action’s offices in Southwest Virginia in Christiansburg, Floyd, Pearisburg, Pulaski, and at Radford’s Social Services office.
The MCEAP Thrift Shop is at 302 W. Main Street in Christiansburg and the Blacksburg Community Action Clothing Shop is in the old town hall downtown at 141 Jackson Street. They both raise money for people in need of help.
We are always looking for volunteers,
(1) either regular volunteers who come in once a week or so
(2) or people who come in on an as-needed basis to help transport and unload items from a food drive or help run the clothing shops when regular volunteers are away.
We can sometimes use volunteers for small building projects or cleaning projects in both the pantries and the shops.
WHEN: In the pantries, that’s usually between 9 AM and 3:30 AM weekdays when offices are open. Occasionally we need help unloading a food drive on Saturdays.
MCEAP Shop in Christiansburg is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. The Blacksburg Clothing Shop is open Thursday and Saturday mornings.
WHAT YOU DO:
Sort and organize food, cull out dated food, put up food boxes for clients, tidy up. At the shops, you might be sorting incoming clothing, displaying garments, helping customers find items, making change, removing unsalable items.
You need: shoes that protect your toes, the ability to lift 20 lb. sometimes, the ability to keep confidentiality about the identity of our clients.
WHY: To do good. And more. You find that when your shift is over, everything goes with it — all annoyances, the anxieties, the small resentments, all the little things that were bothering you before you came in to volunteer.
Your volunteer stint acts as a circuit breaker on your insular existence, and you emerge with fuses intact. Maybe there’s even an after glow. You notice the beauty of the afternoon light, the pleasure of a cup of tea. You count your blessings, not because they are blessings that others cannot count, but because they are yours to count … and you have labored for others today.