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.
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.