The Mennonite Central Committee staff for B.C. gathered in Kelowna earlier this month to show their appreciation to the volunteers of the local MCC Thrift Shop.
The MCC Abbotsford group put on a barbecue for the staff and volunteers to say thank you for their time and effort put into making this thrift shop a huge success.
Out of the 10 MCC thrift shops across the province, the Kelowna shop had the biggest turnout of volunteers with more than 70 in attendance.
The block-party like atmosphere included the support of associate executive director Ron van Wyk, human resources manager Marie Reimer, volunteer coordinator Bridget Findlay, and the communications and program assistant intern Hannah Marazzi.
They also spent a couple of hours working alongside long-time volunteers to sort donations.
After the shop closed, all volunteers met in the parking lot to share a meal, celebrating the work that MCC does in the community.
Some touching reflections were shared by many volunteers. One regular marvelled at the amount of volunteers involved.
“It’s amazing how very many people give of their time so freely and joyfully,” she said.
Another volunteer shared about the positive environment that the thrift shop facilitates observing, “I love the environment of caring about each other and caring about the customers.”
One volunteer noted that MCC served as one of the main reasons she moved to Kelowna.
The MCC Kelowna Thrift Shop will be moving to a larger location at 155 Rutland Rd. South at the beginning of the year with a grand opening planned in February.
To find out more about volunteering at the MCC Kelowna Thrift Shop, contact June Forman at 250-765-7838. To find out about volunteering with MCC in other areas of B.C., contact Bridget Findlay at 1-888-622-6337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mennonite Central Committee a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that responds to basic human needs and for peace and justice.