READY TO SERVE: St Vincent De Paul volunteers Kim Hay, Colleen Swann, Judy Thomas and supervisor Robyn Fraser are calling for more helpers at the store located on Goondoon St.
READY TO SERVE: St Vincent De Paul volunteers Kim Hay, Colleen Swann, Judy Thomas and supervisor Robyn Fraser are calling for more helpers at the store located on Goondoon St. Tegan Annett

Vinnies look for volunteers to mix work with laughter

VOLUNTEERING helps keep the mind active, according to St Vincent De Paul volunteer workers Kim Hay, Colleen Swann and Judy Thomas.

The ladies are three of the 12 volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to assist in running the store.

But the hard work is always mixed in with fun and laughter.

This week is the 25th National Volunteers Week, when the spotlight will shine on these three ladies along with the state's 1.2 million volunteers.

"It's lovely to work with all the girls, and you get out of the house for a while," Ms Thomas said.

"When I retired for the first three months I thought it was great doing nothing, but then I got bored of it - this keeps my mind active, especially working with calculations on the till," Ms Swann said.

Supervisor Robyn Fraser said they were in a constant need for more helpers.

"We used to have around 30 to 40 volunteers, that was three years ago," she said.

The stores volunteers can chose to work at the front serving customers or sorting through donations at the back.

"Our volunteers are very helpful, compassionate and friendly," she said.



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