Volunteers are needed at RSPCA Victoria’s Traralgon op shop, with the charity calling on locals to sign up ahead of the Christmas rush. The op shop is operated solely by a team of dedicated volunteers, with all funds raised at the store supporting RSPCA Victoria’s work to end animal cruelty.
RSPCA Victoria’s retail and e-commerce manager Stephanie Neil said the organisation is reliant upon volunteers for the day-to-day operations of the Traralgon op shop.
“We are currently on the hunt for volunteers at all of our op shops across the state, including in Traralgon. After a challenging couple of years, we are thrilled to have our doors open again and to be servicing the local community with high-quality and affordable products,” Ms Neil said.
“Volunteering is a great way to support animals whilst also connecting with the community and meeting new people and fellow animal lovers.”
There are a range of volunteer opportunities in the op shop, with key tasks including customer service, sorting goods and merchandising.
All volunteers are asked to commit to a regular weekly or fortnightly three-hour shift for a minimum of six months.
And if volunteering isn’t for you, there are other ways to support the Traralgon RSPCA op shop, including purchasing from their wide range of new and second-hand goods, or donating your high-quality goods.
“We know many locals have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, and want to remind everyone that we have really high quality products at an affordable price as we approach Christmas,” Ms Neil said.
RSPCA volunteer Val said she loves volunteering in her local op shop.
“I volunteer for the companionship and the social connectedness the work provides. It’s a great reason to leave home every day and I now have friendships with people whom I wouldn’t normally have met.”