Numbers yet to recover from pandemic impact
RSPCA Victoria is looking for nearly 200 new volunteers to help run its op shops after numbers dropped during the pandemic.
“We rely on our op shops to fund our work caring for and protecting animals, and we can’t do this without the help of volunteers,” Nadine Hutchins, RSPCA Victoria Volunteer Program Manager said.
“Like many other charities, our volunteer numbers dropped during the pandemic which is why we’re calling on locals to sign up and help us out.”
RSPCA Victoria is looking for people aged 18 years and over from all walks of life to volunteer at one of eight op shop locations around the state.
Op shop volunteers are asked to commit to regular weekly or fortnightly three to four hour shifts where possible; however casual volunteering is also appreciated.
All volunteers receive full training and perform a range of tasks including customer service, sorting goods and merchandising.
They also get access to other RSPCA Victoria perks like a 30% discount at its pet retail stores.
“We’re looking for people with a few hours to spare each week or each fortnight who love their community and are passionate about helping animals in need,” Ms Hutchins said.
The op shops are also looking for more donations of winter clothing and some homewares.
RSPCA Victoria cares for over 14,000 animals every year and by volunteering in our op shops you can make a real difference for them.
RSPCA recognises that volunteering isn’t suitable for everyone, and there are other ways to support the organisation’s op shops.
Purchasing from their treasure trove of unique goods and bargains and donations of high-quality items for sale by the shops can also have big impact.
To apply to be a volunteer please visit: rspcavic.org/rspca-victoria-op-shops-volunteer