The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Volunteers working in this position will work alongside TROSA residents at the TROSA Thrift Store. Volunteers will primarily be taking pre-sorted electronics items, testing to see if they work, and doing any cleaning or preparation required to sell the item. Volunteers may also assist with sales floor merchandising and answering customer questions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Volunteers will work alongside one or two TROSA residents assigned to the housewares production table at the TROSA Thrift Store. Our use of the term "housewares" is broad, and covers kitchen items, storage containers, toys, games, art and more.
Pre-sorted bins of housewares will be at the production table for cleaning and pricing:
Some items will clearly be trash and should be discarded
Some items may be sold "as is"
Some items will clearly be of value and should be cleaned and priced
Some items may be questionable-check with a TROSA resident
Check to see if the item is needed for the TROSA Program. There will be a list of needed items available, or you can always check with the Production Crew Boss if there are any questions about what is needed in the Program.
Once items are cleaned, they need to be priced and inventoried.
Once items are inventoried and approved by the Warehouse Coordinator, they will be brought to the shelves for display and merchandising.
Volunteers with experience and expertise in antiques or retail work may advise residents
Volunteers may be asked to shelve and arrange merchandise on the sales floor.
Volunteers may be asked to assist in researching an appropriate price for an item
Knowledge, Skills and Credentials
This position requires the ability to lift items up to 20 pounds
This position requires the ability to stand on your feet for long periods of time
Must be able to work with people of diverse backgrounds
General knowledge of consumer goods in the housewares category is a plus
Specific expertise in retail sales or antiques is a definite plus
Retail / Sales
Interior / Exterior Decorating
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
Minimum of 3 hrs/week for 5 weeks, Max 25 hrs/week
Application, background check, interview and orientation