Cool Stuff Alert

January 5, 2011

Prospective volunteers and Community Action Shop shoppers Alert!

Lots of cool stuff is coming in over the holidays. Ever want to try adult footie pjs, velvet bib overalls, skinny jeans, striped tights — here’s your chance at the Blacksburg Shop, open Thursdays 8AM – 11AM. You don’t risk much at 50 cents each or $2 for all you can stuff in a little shopping bag.

Don’t need anymore stuff? Well, donate!

But you might want to be prepared for any occasion. I haven’t skied in 3 years, but I wear my ski bibs all the time in this cold weather. I use bright socks for storing my sunglasses and am making a great rug out of polyester blouses.  It’s not hoarding; it’s being prepared for any need or occasion!


Blacksburg Clothing Shop Needs Volunteers

January 5, 2011

Like clothes? Here’s your change to get that “opening the treasure chest” feeling being the first to open and sort bags of newly donated treasures. Blacksburg Clothing Shop volunteers meet at 8AM Tuesdays to sort clothing donations for an hour or two. This clothing is sold for ultra-low prices (and you have first dibs) to raise money for needy Blacksburg schoolchildren. have fun while doing good.

never know what you'll find.

Volunteers at Recycled Fashion Show

August 5, 2010

Blacksburg Clothing Shop volunteers turned out to see their stylin’ friends model recycled fashion at the RSVP fashion show August 5. Peggy Brugger and Matt Nottingham represented us well on the big stage.

Volunteer Hours are Good as Gold

June 29, 2010

Remember, volunteers, when you work, sign in your hours. They’re like cash contributions for Community Action when we’re looking for dollars in matching grant. Each hour you work is credited as an cash contribution from our community.

NRCA Volunteer Marie Stump wins $1000 Volunteerism Award

April 12, 2010

Marie Stump is a 17-year-old senior at Auburn High School who has been volunteering at the MCEAP THRIFT SHOP in Christiansburg for quite a few months of Saturdays.  

On April 8, she was selected a LEADING LIGHT of the New River Valley and given a $1000 award to donate to the local nonprofit of her choice.

Marie has her volunteer work at New River Community Action to her close cousin, Lexie Stump, who died Nov. 19 of H1N1 flu. Marie and her mom, Mary Hinckley started a coat drive in Lexie’s name and donated them to the lcoal women’s shelter on January 29, which would have been Lexie’s 16th birthday. Marie also dedicated her weekly volunteer work at MCEAP shop to Lexie.

“I started volunteering here just to keep busy after Lexie died,” she says, “but I’m finding out how much I like volunteering and helping others. I want to do more and more.”

Volunteering for NRCA Food Pantries and Clothing Shops

April 12, 2010

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.


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.