Cards for Good Causes

This Autumn/Winter, I am going to be working with some lovely people in a Cards for Good Causes shop.  Before last week, I had no idea what a Cards for Good Causes shop was.  A friend of mine, who volunteers each year to sell these Christmas cards, said that they were looking for somebody to help manage the volunteers.  After writing my post on returning to work, this opportunity seemed ideal for me.  Building my confidence about going back into employment whilst also doing something fantastic for charity sounded very worthwhile.

Why volunteer for Cards for Good Causes?

Many Cards for Good Causes shops exist all over the UK and each shop can have volunteers supporting at least twenty five charities per shop.  Our shop supports about thirty one charities altogether-which is amazing really!  Each person that volunteers to sell Christmas cards, as well as a selection of other Christmas items such as calendars and gift wrap (which help towards the running costs), chooses a charity that they want to support.  Volunteers are shown how to use the till and take shifts (10am until 1pm or 1pm until 4pm in our shop), depending on which days they have signed up for.  Some volunteers sell the cards for two or so sessions out of the ten weeks that the shop is open and others volunteer every week for many more sessions.  It is completely up to the volunteer when they would like to take part.  At least seventy pence from every pound goes to each charity and last year, I have been told that in the past five years, over twenty million pounds has been given back to the charities.

My Local Shop – St James Church, Louth

Today, my lovely co-manager set up a coffee morning at our Cards for Causes shop, which is located in St. James’ Church in Louth, Lincolnshire.  Many volunteers enjoyed their complimentary cup of tea or coffee, with a biscuit or two, and signed up for the sessions that they were available to cover.  It was fantastic to meet these lovely people that I will be working with over the next ten weeks.  I am very lucky to be a part of Cards for Causes this year as it is the twenty fifth year that it has been held at St. James’ Church.  As a part of that, our Mayor will be visiting on Saturday 18th October and members of the public will be invited to take a look at our shop.  Our Cards for Causes shop will open on Wednesday 15th October 2014 and will close on Saturday 13th December 2014.

What are you waiting for?

These shops could not work without having such wonderful volunteers.  Each shop needs several people, working two at a time on the tills, to sell as many cards as possible to raise as much money for the different charities.  If you would like to volunteer, please visit your local pop up shop to ask for more information.  If you do not live near Louth, there are shops all over the country.  You can visit the Cards for Good Causes website to find more details of shops nearer to where you live.

If you decide to volunteer to work in a Cards for Good Causes shop, I believe that you would find this a very worthwhile experience and meets lots of people in the process.  Otherwise, you could visit the Cards for Good Causes website or buy some of the Christmas cards from your local shop.  We would really appreciate if you could share this blog post on Social Media, as we would love to have more people aware of this great Charity work.  Thank you! 🙂

 

Disclosure:  Cards for Good Causes have not asked me to write this blog post.  This is not an official Cards for Good Causes blog post.  I am just very excited about taking part in this project and  wanted to share!  All opinions are honest and my own.

  • Mellissa Williams

    I think that is amazing that at least 70 pence in the pound goes to charity. So many charity Christmas cards only donate a few pence.

  • Charlotte

    Sounds like a wonderful organisation… I’ve never heard of them before either, will have to have a look on their site and see if there are any shops local to me x

  • Twinsplustwo

    Agree with Melissa, that’s a fabulous donation ration, a really good organisation!

  • Jen Walshaw

    What a great donation rate. We make cards for people and then give a donation to charity

  • Fabulous idea and what a great organisation, it is new to me and I will be telling my friends and family about this charity 🙂

  • Globalmouse

    What a brilliant idea and great that you’re taking time out to hep them…I will be looking out for them!

  • What a great idea.

  • Oana Chirila

    First time I hear of this charity and well done on your appointment, it is a lovely place to start back into work! My baby boy died of leukaemia this summer, I will have a look and see if the charity supports any childhood cancer charities and buy some cards in support.xx

  • Kanchan Char@The Intrepid Misa

    If there’s something you need and you can also support an organisation doing good work, then that’s a win-win in my books 🙂

  • Genius idea. I shall keep an eye out for them too

  • sonya

    A lovely project and a great way to give a little something back!

  • mummyoftwo

    What a great idea. Will have to pop by if we are in Louth anytime soon!

  • This is a nice idea. Good luck with your volunteering.

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