Hundreds of volunteers help with the day to day operations of Thrift on Kent. We’re always looking for volunteers to receive donations, sort/price items, help on the truck, and to be the face of Thrift on Kent by working with our customers. If you have a few hours a week or several days a month, please call or email us for details. We always appreciate volunteers with specific knowledge and talents to enhance our shop and donations.

Download a Volunteer Application Form Here

We have volunteer opportunities in the following departments this summer:

Shipping & ReceivingAfternoon shifts, Monday through Saturday 2pm to 6pm and Thursday and Friday evenings 6pm - 9pm

  • Assist donors with their donations, sort and organize donations.  Assist with furniture pick-ups.

Lower blood pressure... living longer... these are just two of the potential benefits to volunteering.

The second hand resale market is a very competitive industry.  More and more FOR profit businesses and charities are getting on board.  It's important for you, our valued customers and donors to understand the difference.

As a charity we rely solely on donated goods.  We do not purchase liquidated items or used items.  We are also predominantly a volunteer run thrift shop.  Compared to the number of our volunteers (around 300), our paid staff is but a few. 

All of our proceeds, after expenses, go to Mennonite Central Committee Ontario for their relief, development and peace work they do here at home, in our communities and around the world.

To say we appreciate the generosity of our donors and volunteers is an understatement and indeed we could not operate our thrift shop without you.

We also deeply appreciate the ongoing support of our local community and shoppers.  We value the ways that we can partner with local agencies to meet the needs of individuals and families, keep items out of the Regional landfill and to enrich our community.

Thank you for choosing to make a difference in the lives of others by shopping, donating and volunteering with us. 

Our volunteers make a difference daily.  By volunteering, they are part of the network which provides peace and justice iniatives as well as emergency response to people in our community and around the world. 

Their smiles and cheerful attitudes are transformative and their giving hearts always leave us in amazement.


Thank you!

If you're interested in working in the exciting world of Thrift on Kent, here's your chance.  We're hiring a Relief Manager!

This link will take you to the posting with all of the details.


By: Jesse Yantzi

August 27th/2014

           Welcome once again to another installment of Jesse on Kent. Sadly, this will be the last edition I will be writing for 2014. In a few weeks I will return to living in residence at the University of Waterloo where I’m pursuing a degree in psychology. There, my time will be spent socializing with my peers, drinking copious amounts of coffee

By: Jesse Yantzi                 July 9, 2014

                Hello and welcome to the second installment of “Jesse on Kent!” As I am now several weeks into my experience as an MCC Thrift volunteer I thought I would do something different, so I have compiled a list of the top 10 reasons to volunteer at Thrift on Kent. Of course as I will be here for the rest of the summer and have much to learn… so I’m sure there are plenty more than 10 reasons, but for the sake of staying consistent with popular themes let’s go with 10. So without further ado, and because I need to get back to work, let’s get started!

By: Jesse Yantzi

June 18, 2014

Hello and welcome to the first edition of our new summer series, Jesse on Kent. My name is Jesse, (what a shocker, right?) and I am a weekly volunteer at the new MCC Thrift on Kent store in Kitchener. Over the course of the summer I will be sharing my thoughts and experiences of volunteering at Thrift on Kent. As a young adult who just finished my first year in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, other readers may sympathize


Thank you for the great response.  As of June 23, 2014 these positions have been filled!

We are in need of two new Board Members for Thrift on Kent - a Youth Representative and a Church Connections member.  The K-W Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Shop Board is the governing body for Thrift on Kent.  Join this exciting team, here are all the details.

We've been blessed to have a service worker from Germany working in Thrift the past year and a half.  Steffi worked tirelessly at Waterloo Generations and then stayed on to see us through the transition from two separate shops into Thrift On Kent.

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