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More rely on Vinnies volunteers

Monday, 13th May, 2013

The Vinnies volunteer crew can still manage a smile despite being faced with more and more needy residents each day. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt The Vinnies volunteer crew can still manage a smile despite being faced with more and more needy residents each day. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

It may be National Volunteer Week, however for the volunteers at St Vincent de Paul, it is a week like any other.
The Argent Street centre has about 64 volunteers working to help the ever-growing list of needy locals.
Vinnies’ Regional Manager, Pam Sky, said the centre had seen a recent spike in residents requesting help to make ends meet.
“We’ve been very, very busy, we’ve had so many new clients it’s been unreal. You wonder where it will all end.
“People just don’t have enough money, rent is just going up and up - rent and food seem to be the main things. They just can’t survive fortnight to fortnight.”
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s 30,000 members and volunteers work hard to help people in need and combat social injustice across Australia.
Internationally, the society operates in 130 countries and has over 950,000 members.
The Broken Hill Vinnies Centre volunteers are assigned various tasks, including the collecting and sorting of preloved donations, working at the shopfront and many other tasks.
The organisation also has a number of ‘Conference Members’ who interview clients and decide on the most effective method of support.
People who are being assisted by conference members are often provided with food, clothing and household items as well as assistance with bills.
Conference members also visit hospitals, homes and other premises to provide friendship and support to the sick and/or lonely.
The Vinnies Centre in Broken Hill is also a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy quality clothing and other household items at an affordable price.
Centre customers also include people looking for fashionable items and all bargain hunters looking to make their dollar go a little further.
The profit from the sale of stock from the Vinnies Centre is used to provide the resources and support to people in need.
The Broken Hill Vinnies volunteers are always looking for more volunteers to assist them in this work. Even just a couple of hours a week is a great help.
They point out that volunteering is a mutually beneficial experience and there is a special sense of satisfaction you get from helping others and learning new skills.
If you are interested in volunteering please call 08 8087 5813 or visit the Vinnies website www.vinnies.org.au  .

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