North Mountain Thrift Store
Helping the community while raising money for scholarships
What issue is being addressed to population is being served?
Picture: Outside view of the thrift store. Although the front of the store is not stately or fancy, the thrift store represents so much more than just a building. Here people can come to receive what they need, knowing that they will be welcomed and safe.
John and Kelly
John has been volunteering at North Mountain Community Thrift Store for multiple years now, and only misses a weekend if he is sick. He is always kind and humorous, and eager to help in any way that he can. Along with his years of volunteering every week, John donates new items and will look for something to buy for his wife. Kelly volunteers every other weekend for a total of three years. She counts the money when the store opens and closes and always helps the customers with a smile.
This location of the North Mountain Community Thrift Store opened in May of 2014, and its hours are 9 am to 3 pm on weekdays, and 9 am to noon on Saturdays. When volunteering here you must arrive at least thirty minutes early in order to set up the store, and often times find yourself staying late either to help a customer or finish counting the money. Even though we often have to stay longer than the designated hours, it is worth it to know that you get to help one more person.
Diana and I
Diana is another teen volunteer who comes and helps every weekend. She is fluent in Spanish so she is a wonderful help for all our customers who do not speak English. This is important because we want to be able to include and help everybody that we can.
John and Kelly
What are some of the pressing needs/issues in the community? How does this project address those needs?
Inside the Store
The Back Room
How will I continue my involvement?
Ugly Sweaters (Christmas)
This is where the volunteers keep all the festive Christmas sweaters in the back room. (Along with the numerous other donations so many people generously give.)
Ugly Sweaters Continued (Christmas)
We have gotten so many "Ugly Christmas Sweaters" that we have to keep them in two containers. These containers make it possible for the thrift store to continue, by providing the items that are sold.
This is the area in the store that offers fun Christmas decorations that are in great condition and are affordable so that no one has to miss out on celebrating this season.