Title: Niles Resale Store Volunteer and Cashier
Staff Partner: Resale Store Manager or Sales Associate
Location: WINGS Niles Resale Store
8349 W. Golf Rd.
Niles, IL 60714
Age: Volunteers must be 14 years or older to volunteer individually. Volunteers age 12 to 14 must be accompanied with a parent or guardian.
Time: Most volunteers come once a week for about four (4) hours at a time. All volunteering schedules are made in advance, and schedule openings vary by location.
Commitment: Our volunteers are an important part of our team! We provide volunteer orientation and training to equip volunteers with the information they need. Because of this, we ask for a commitment of at least 40 hours (i.e. once a week for four (4) hours at a time for 10 weeks.) And, most of our volunteers continue their involvement for much longer!
Description: Each day we receive new and gently used items through the generosity of local merchants and community members. We sell these items to the public with all proceeds going to support our houses, counseling, and other services. These stores are a vital part of our organization because they provide the largest and most consistent source of funds for our program. All merchandise is also available to our residents, at no cost, as they rebuild their lives after the devastating effects of domestic violence and homelessness. To minimize the risk of injury, close-toed shoes are required.
Goal: To support the service and fundraising goals of the WINGS Niles Resale store by accepting donations, inspecting them, and then sorting them into the appropriate sections.
Description: Sorters graciously accept boxes and bags full of donated items from members of the community (occasionally needing to politely decline items we unfortunately cannot accept). Then, often working together, the sorter(s) will inspect the items for damage and put them into the appropriate categories for pricing and processing (i.e. women’s clothing, kid’s toys, books, etc.). Depending on the section, items may also be placed on a hanger, receive a tag or size sticker, etc. Items that are out of season are bagged and stored for pick-up by the recycler. Also, Sorters are always looking for special treasures (high-end, brand name items, items with tags, and antiques). The specifics of our sorting system are learned through on-the-job training. Need to be able to lift 25 pound.
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