With National Volunteering week from 12 – 18 May Vinnies is calling for much needed volunteers to help out at its Nollamara store.

Lois Mehan, Store Manager at Vinnies Nollamara, said they were in desperate need of volunteers.

“We have some really wonderful people who generously give of their time but we are in real need of more people who can lend a hand, whether it is assisting in the store, or driving the truck to collect goods.

“I know they will find it really rewarding being a volunteer with Vinnies. I never thought that when I started on March 2004 that I would still be here 10 years later but I enjoy the camaraderie,” Lois said.

Mary Busher is one of those special volunteers that Lois refers to. She has given 20 years of volunteering to Vinnies.

“When I retired after more than 32 years working full time as a journalist with WA Newspapers, I decided I could fit in a little volunteer work in between the carefree days I planned on the golf course, travelling and other fun activities. A friend suggested a Vinnies shop,” Mary said.

“I made the phone call and joined the Friday team. They were a great group. Volunteers had more responsibilities back then but we all did whatever needed to be done at the time.

“After I signed up, while I found I liked selling things and the contact with our regular customers, I thought I'd just do it for a year or so then move on to something else. But somehow the time never seemed quite right to announce I was leaving -so here I am 20 years down the track and still turning up (most) Fridays.”

Volunteers at Vinnies are trained in all areas of working in a retail environment including register operation, customer service, sorting and pricing donations and merchandising.

Anyone interested in volunteering at Vinnies Nollamara can contact Lois on 9349 5372.

For further information about Vinnies Retail Centres or the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society visit www.vinnies.org.au or call 9475 5426.

Photo caption: Volunteer Mary Busher (left) with Shop Manager Lois (right) at the Nollamara Vinnies store.