If you asked the volunteers at the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Shepparton op shop what brings them back every week, you would get a fairly similar response.JARROD WHITTAKER May 29, 2014 4:42am
Goodwill: St Vincent de Paul Shepparton op shop volunteers (back) Reece Nobels, David Gurney, Robert Smart, Alan Farrant, (front) Lorraine Blythe, Judith Roberts, Dorothy Blackmore, Bev Condon, Florence Burling and Jodie Thorn.
For many it is a sense of camaraderie and a desire to help others.
Its operation would rival some of Shepparton’s largest retailers.
The store has 120 volunteers on its books, of which about 70 are regulars.
They provide a wide range of services, from sorting through donations, retail services and clerical support.
Volunteer Loretta Grace began working at the store six years ago after she retired.
‘‘I used to work on the counter, then on the back parts in the sorting area and then progressed into the office,’’ Ms Grace said.
‘‘I love it, because I’m involved in the office.
‘‘Even though I’m in the office, we do get people coming to the counter looking for assistance.
‘‘So I get that as well, I’m able to refer them to the assistance centre.’’
She remembered one experience of providing support quite clearly.
‘‘I picked up another volunteer and we came in in my car,’’ Ms Grace said.
‘‘We pulled in the gate and there was a big black bag on the ground.’’
Thinking someone had dumped the bag, she asked the other volunteer to put it in the bin.
‘‘So he got out of the car and went over and he came back and said ‘The bag’s moving’,’’ Ms Grace said.
‘‘I went over and the bag was moving.
‘‘I looked over and there’s an elbow stuck out and there was a man asleep in the bag.’’
The man had used the bag for shelter while he waited for the store to open to seek help.
‘‘We brought him in and gave him a shower .
For some volunteers, working at the store provides an opportunity to catch up with friends for a laugh while doing some work.
For the past six years Lorraine Blythe, Judith Roberts, Dorothy Blackmore, Bev Condon, Florence Burling and Jodie Thorn have volunteered together several days a week.
Ms Blackmore said volunteering at the store provided companionship, while working for a good cause.
Ms Roberts, who looks after the bric-a-brac section, said there was always plenty to do.
‘‘You often work hard for two whole days and at the end it looks worse than when you started,’’ she joked.
Street Rider Night Bus signs have been placed in Shepparton’s central business district to encourage people to use the service that has been cruising along for more than five years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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