Letter: Volunteer viewpoint

To the Editor: 

We moved to Ridgefield in summer of 2018, and my daughter soon discovered a thrift shop that had amazing reviews on the web. Moving from Canada, the type of Visa I held did not allow me to work, so when asked if I would be interested in volunteering at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop … I thought why not, I am not allowed to work!

What I found was a place that has a “we can handle anything” attitude, filled with people focused on the mission of the shop and making the shopping experience great for customers. It’s well run by a hand’s on President and Board, has a fabulous Store Manager who guides us on the day’s priorities, and has a solid core of consistent volunteers who make it run like a clock. On top of all that ... it’s a fun place to be.

Volunteers take a crazy wide array of items from appliances to kids shoes that come in the back door in donations, and they organize it, measure it, test it, shine it up, store it for a holiday time or event, or do whatever is necessary to make it salable. Once it is ready for the floor it is priced and displayed. An enormous effort goes into curating and displaying the merchandise for sale.

After a day volunteering at the shop your feet might hurt a bit…but you will know you helped customers “find a treasure” or a pair of jeans they needed for school, and that the money is going right back into our town and the non-profits that support so many citizens. Volunteering at the shop is an act of compassion, it’s doing something that helps and makes a difference.

If you would like to join in on the mission, please visit the website, ridgefieldthriftshop.com or ask a current volunteer about the commitment required.

Andrea Caulfield

Ridgefield Thrift Shop volunteer