The nonprofit organization typically has more than 100 dedicated volunteers who lend their services during the year. However, some winter residents are staying up North this season because of COVID-19 while local volunteers are limiting their outside interactions.
“Volunteers typically only ‘work’ a few hours each week or month, so it doesn’t feel like a ‘job,’” said Kat McNabb, store manager. “To them, it’s important to continue giving back to the community, and volunteering at the Resale Shop allows them to help enhance educational opportunities for the next generation of students.”
Proceeds from the Resale Shop help Guadalupe Center create endless possibilities through its nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. Guadalupe Center’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.
In 2020, Resale Shop volunteers logged more than 12,000 hours of volunteer time.
Since the pandemic began, Guadalupe Resale Shop has introduced a series of safety measures to keep volunteers, shoppers and donors safe. The list includes:
Encouraging shoppers and donors who are experiencing a fever or cough, or recently displayed any symptoms, to delay their visit.
Providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the showroom floor.
Requiring staff, volunteers and customers to wear protective face masks and maintain six-foot social distancing.
Sanitizing changing rooms after each use.
Holding all clothing donations for a minimum of 24 hours and thoroughly cleaning other donations before offering them for sale.
Maintaining the no-return policy to ensure all items inside the showroom have been cleaned and sanitized.
The Resale Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays from a curbside drop-off behind the store.
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