Vinnies is looking for volunteers!

Naracoorte's St Vincent De Paul charity shop is looking for more volunteers, with a variety of roles on offer that would suit the right person.

Volunteer Joyce McPherson is one of the many people who gives their time, but there's always "a lot to do, and not enough people to do it."

"Even if one person could come in for a morning, or work from 9am to 12pm, it would make such a difference," she said.

"There's always clothes and toys that need sorting, and you can have your own section if you like. There's a lady here that only sorts books."

All prospective volunteers can come into the shop and try it out for 2-3 weeks, before deciding whether or not it's for them.

If the volunteer wants to continue with the team, then they fill out a form and undergo a police check.

"We have a lot of laughs here, and you get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people in general," Joyce said.

Other volunteers in the shop not only help out due to altruism, but also because they get something back out of it.

"My husband and I live out on a farm, and so it's nice to get a bit social, to come in and meet people," said Carol Smith, who was working at the counter.

Behind browsing customers, clothes racks and knick knacks is the sorting room, where Eileen Kluske and Leanne Schinckel are busy carefully categorising garments. Each lady has been working at Vinnies for a few years now.

"I'm getting old!" Eileen replied when asked why she gives her time at Vinnies.

"I wanted some company, and I wanted to work."

Leanne is one of the younger ladies, and said that she liked to come and help the more senior volunteers.

The Naracoorte St Vincent De Paul 'Vinnies' charity shop is located at 212 Smith Street (almost directly opposite the Naracoorte Bowls Club). They are open Tuesday (9am - 1.30pm), Thursday (9am - 1.30pm), and Saturday (9am - 11.30am).

They can also be reached via phone (08) 8762 3314 and more information can be found here: https://www.vinnies.org.au/shops/view/181

Vinnies fast facts

  • The St Vincent De Paul Society operates not only in Australia, but also in 152 other countries.
  • Vinnies Australia has approximately 60,000 members and volunteers.
  • The organisation itself was founded by Frederic Ozanam, with 'St Vincent De Paul' being the patron saint of charity.