Volunteers Sought for Family & Children’s Services Thrift Boutique

Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest non-profit social service agency, is seeking dynamic, friendly, and dedicated volunteers to help staff its nonprofit Thrift Boutique, located at 307 Branchport Avenue in Long Branch. The popular resale store offers quality men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and housewares at deeply discounted prices in a clean, well-organized, and inviting shopping environment. Since all of the boutique’s merchandise is donated, all sales proceeds go directly to support FCS’s 11 different programs and services, including homelessness prevention, financial management, home care, and childhood literacy.

“Volunteer support remains at the core of our agency’s mission, especially at the Thrift Boutique” says FCS Volunteer Services manager Samantha White. “We rely on our volunteers to do a wide range of tasks, from unpacking and sorting donated items, to pricing and displaying merchandise, to working behind the register. Their contributions of time and talent help us minimize operating costs and maximize profit.”

Ms. White says the Thrift Boutique welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Each brings a unique talent and perspective to the store. Eva Turco, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, has been volunteering with her friend Lorraine Weinberg for more than a dozen years. The two do it because they “love the people.” Diane “Dee” Trillo, a retired school counselor and more recent volunteer, says she enjoys helping the customers. Students, mothers, even corporate groups are welcome to volunteer.

Ms. White says flexible scheduling is another great reason to volunteer at the Thrift Boutique. Volunteers can work just a few hours a month or several days a week. To learn more about becoming a Thrift Boutique volunteer, contact Samantha White at 721-222-9111 or swhite@fcsmonmouth.org, or sign up online at http://fcsmonmouth.org/our-services/volunteer-programs/apply/.

The FCS Thrift Boutique is also always in need of new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, linens and household items. Donations are accepted at the store during regular business hours. A complete list of items the Thrift Boutique accepts can be found at http://fcsmonmouth.org/wp-content/uploads/Thrift-Donations.pdf. To stay up-to-date on what’s in the store, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Thethriftboutique.

About Family & Children’s Service

Family & Children’s Service (FCS) strengthens, protects and preserves the dignity and independence of people in need. With 105 years of history, FCS is the oldest nonprofit social service agency in Monmouth County and a leading volunteer organization. Their mission is to provide compassionate care, intervention, and education to support people at challenging times in their lives. They accomplish this through 11 programs focused on the needs of multiple at-risk populations, including: Adult Protective Services, Healthy Buddies, an intergenerational childhood obesity prevention program; Home Care; Kids Corps, a teen volunteer initiative; Operation Sleighbells, a holiday giving program for children; Reading Buddies; an in-school childhood literacy program; Representative Payee, a financial management program for the mentally, developmental and physically disabled; Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Statewide Respite Care, State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), a Medicare counseling service and The Thrift Boutique. Learn more at www.fcsmonmouth.org.