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Volunteers needed for local ministry

Sales from the Farmington Ministerial Alliance Thrift Store go directly back into the community to purchase food for the pantry as well as providing utility and rent assistance.

And, Director Nancy Faulkner said, there’s another way the community can help the ministry.

There is currently a call out for volunteers at the thrift store and food pantry. The most urgent need at the moment is for cashiers at the thrift store.

“Our number one priority or concern is cashiers. But, we need people also to sort our donations, hang and price clothing, just come in and help dust mop the floors – just general cleaning and maintenance. We can use people almost every single day – Monday through Saturday – to do those things.

“As far as the food pantry goes, we could use a few people in the food pantry who are able to do some lifting that could [lift] the dry goods and canned goods and stuff like that. We could also use volunteers to process clients and do paperwork. As well as drivers for the box truck.

Volunteers for the food pantry are on a monthly schedule.

“They could be one day a month or several days a month. They could be a set standard day every month or put in on the schedule as we [complete] the schedule.

For the thrift store, volunteers are needed for at least one shift each week.

“As far as the other positions in the thrift store, a lot of people work those [cashier] hours, but don’t have to…if it was somebody who wanted to come in and work 10 [a.m.] to 2 [p.m.],” she said. “But, the cashier schedules are set. Those are the times that I need them.




Cashier shift times available

The cashier shift at the Farmington Ministerial Alliance Thrift Store is a weekly volunteer position. The following time shifts are available for volunteers.

Monday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday – 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Thursday – 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Friday – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 5 p.m.

“Anybody else who would want to come in and price, hang clothes or whatever…those hours would be pretty open to what they want to work.”

Those interested in volunteering can contact Faulkner at 573-631-5941 and will need to stop by the Thrift Store, located at 4331 Showplace Dr. in Farmington, to fill out an application.

“Then, I will talk to them and we will plug them into a spot that works for them and for us,” she said.

Just as important of the need for volunteers is the need for the community to shop at the store. All money made at the store stays in the community, Faulkner explained.

“The thrift store is part of our mission,” Faulkner said. “People don’t think of it as the mission. The majority of our income comes from the thrift store. It pays all our bills for the pantry and the thrift store. It gives us money to buy food, pay rent and help with utilities.

“Without that thrift store, we couldn’t possibly do all the things that we are doing.”

Mike Bales restocks the shelves at the Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry in this file photo. The ministry is looking for volunteers to help at the food pantry. The most urgent need is for cashiers at the Thrift Store. 

Mike Bales restocks the shelves at the Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry in this file photo. The ministry is looking for volunteers to help at the food pantry. The most urgent need is for cashiers at the Thrift Store. 

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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