May 9, 2011 marks the start of National Volunteer Week, however for the volunteers at St Vincent de Paul, Condobolin, it is just another day. The Bathurst Street centre has approximately 45 volunteers giving their time on a roster system.
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 130 countries and has over 950,000 members.
The Condobolin Vinnies Centre volunteers are assigned various tasks, including collecting donations of unwanted clothing, sorting out donated items and working behind the counter.
The organisation also has a number of ‘conference members’ who interview clients and decide on the most effective method of support.  People who are being assisted by conference members are often provided with food, clothing and household items as well as assistance with bills.
The Vinnies Centre is also a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy quality clothing and other household items at an affordable price. Centre customers also include people looking for fashionable items and all bargain hunters looking to make their dollar go a little further. The profit from the sale of stock from the Vinnies Centre is used to provide the resources and support to people in need.
The Condobolin Vinnies volunteers are always looking for more volunteers to assist them in this work. Even just a couple of hours a week is a great help. They point out that volunteerism is a mutually beneficial experience and there is a special sense of satisfaction you get from helping others and learning new skills.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 6895 3027.

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