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.

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Volunteers Needed!
The new MCC rePurpose Centre in Elmira is actively recruiting friendly and customer service focused volunteers. We have an urgent need for workroom support. Many cashier positions are also available. There are lots of shifts to choose from - weekdays, Thursday evenings, and Saturdays. No experience necessary - all training is provided. Students are welcome! Contact Karla Richards at 519-669-3284 for more info or fill out a Volunteer Application Form on our website to get started!

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. 

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

We need volunteers here at Thrift On Kent.  If you're interested in working in a retail environment, with fun-loving people, then give us a try. 

At Thrift on Kent we value our volunteers and the experiences they bring to our shop.  We have people who know how to fix sewing machines and they volunteer their time fixing and checking over the machines donated to the store.  Thus ensuring that our shoppers get a great, working sewing machine.  We also have people who can do small fixes on electronics.  There are those who know antiques and they give advice on our silent auction items. 

What type of talents can you volunteer?  

Imagine plastic totes filled with bed sheets, comforters, tablecloths, linens and then more bins full of fabric, yards and yards of fabric.

This is what our volunteers have been faced with lately.  Only a few volunteers 'measure up' to the task though!  ;)

There have been whispers amongst our current shoppers at Waterloo Generations, that prices will go up when we open Thrift On Kent on October 28th.  Well I want to dispel those rumours now.

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