Monday, October 3, 2011

Immediate Volunteer Help Needed

OCTOBER 15 - Work day at Common Things.  
Times: Saturday October 15, 10 am - 3 pm
Location: The Commonplace
We need to gather about 20 people together to help us go through items in our trailer and pick up items from a large yard sale.  We will also be moving items to our warehouse.  This can be a great
Sunday School, youth group, or family project.

Common Cupboard needs a person to regularly shop at Second Harvest. 
Times: Every Thursday, 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Location:  Will meet at The Commonplace and travel to Second Harvest in Charlotte and then return.
Duties: During our 1/2 hour shopping time you will be packing boxes of cans, and other items that you will help load into the truck.  Upon return you would help unload the truck and stock shelves.
*** If you travel to Second Harvest on your own you would need to meet the truck their no later than 2:25.  You would be done packing the truck by 3:15.  If all you have is that hour to give, you do not have to travel back to help at Common Cupboard.

Common Cupboard needs two people to help unload truck and  stock shelves
Times: Every Thursday, 3:45 - 5:00 pm
Duties: Help unload the truck and stock shelves.
*** We especially need a couple that are able to lift and move heavy boxes.

Common Things needs customer service and donation processing help
Times: Mon-Tue 1 - 6 pm, Wed - Fri 9:30 - 6 pm, Sat 9 am - 3 pm.
Duties: Varied especially due to what is needed on each day.  Processing donations is a major part of the work.  Straightening the store, and some light cleaning.  Customer interactions.  Possibly some work as a cashier.  Great resume building volunteer job.

Common Things needs someone to post items on Ebay and Craig's List.
Times: Varies based on your schedule
Duties: Post items, descriptions and monitor ads and auctions.  Answer questions of inquirers.  Coordinate receiving payment and sending out of items through our local pack and ship service..

To volunteer contact 
or 704-218-9060.

Love in Action ... banquet just 24 days away

Just a quick reminder.  The Love in Action Banquet and Silent Auction is less than a month away.  At 7 pm on Thursday October 27, about 350 people will gather at Weddington United Methodist Church to celebrate Common Heart's awesome volunteers.  We will dine on food from a dozen local restaurants, enjoy the music of Mt Zion Gospel Quartet, and hear some of our volunteers share their stories.  For more information and tickets, see your favorite volunteer, or go to Common Things Thrift Store, or go to this website

Here are a few pictures from last year.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Then the Cupboard was bare ...

Somehow we made it. 52 families served today. This is all we have left going into next Saturday's 65 families .
Frank and his crew packed every box needed today.  The last couple did not have the variety that others did, but they made it.  Fifty-two boxes packed for fifty-two families.  As you can see from the picture there is not much left on the shelves.

Next week it looks like we will be serving about 65 families.  We really can use your help.  We are going to need at least 1250 pounds of cans and other non-perishables to meet this need.  It is very unlikely that we will get much from Second Harvest.  (They have been running very low.  Last week we were not able to acquire a single can from them.  During the past several months the supply of cans has been very spotty at best.)

If you got a bag of groceries from 10 friends you would bring in about 100 pounds.  If we have just 13 of our friends gather cans from 10 friends we would have enough to meet our need on Saturday.  Click Here for more food drive ideas. Another way to help is to donate financially so we can buy what we need at Aldi's. If you would like to do this here is a link to PayPal or you can send a check to Common Heart, PO Box 2761, Indian Trail, NC 28079.