Red Cross Shops Community Engagement Manager, Kate Dear, says volunteers make up 95 per cent of the workforce in the Red Cross shops and the store network simply could not exist without them.
“We owe an incredible debt to our volunteers. We have a broad range of shop staff from the over 55s who now make up more than half our volunteer workforce, to the many younger people who are now getting involved in our inner-city Sydney stores.
“Retail is all about people and when our people love what they do, our customers love what they buy!”
“Volunteering in a Red Cross shop is an opportunity to get involved with your local community. It can be a lifetime commitment or a stepping stone to volunteering in another branch of the Red Cross family.
“Our inclusive environment welcomes people looking for friendship, retired people wanting to participate in the community, people wanting to develop their English skills, or job seekers wanting to gain some work experience.
“No experience is necessary as we will train you in stock preparation, merchandising, window display, customer service and cash handling.”
Red Cross Shops contribute three million dollars a year to help fund Red Cross programs such as daily phone calls to the elderly, fresh water and sanitation for isolated or disaster affected communities in the Asia-Pacific region, and youth homelessness.