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Volunteer at The Smith Family’s new Dubbo store

Helen Ridley, Doreen Williams, volunteer Janet Beasley, and Stevie Stewart stand in The Smith Family’s old shop, which is currently destocked in preparation for the opening of their new store in Macquarie Street. Photo: Darcee Nixon Helen Ridley, Doreen Williams, volunteer Janet Beasley, and Stevie Stewart stand in The Smith Family’s old shop, which is currently destocked in preparation for the opening of their new store in Macquarie Street. Photo: Darcee Nixon

The Smith Family is one of Australia’s largest volunteer organisations with more than 2751 people in NSW (nearly 9000 nationally) generously donating their time, skills and energy each year to support the charity’s mission of helping disadvantaged children with their education.

Volunteers help with so many aspects of The Smith Family’s work, from critical back-end support, to assisting at retail stores, to helping deliver their learning and mentoring programs for children in highly disadvantaged communities.

Dubbo’s The Smith Family store will be changing location on Monday, May 28, moving from Church Street to their new store at 137 Macquarie Street. There will be a ‘soft launch’ on this day and there will be an official community launch event on Thursday, June 14, with speeches, special discounts and entertainment to celebrate the move.

With the opening of their new shop, The Smith Family Dubbo store is looking for volunteers to join their team.

Janet Beasley has been volunteering at The Smith Family Dubbo store for close to 12 months and is eager to share her rewarding experiences.

Janet says the opportunity to meet new people and support the community is what attracted her to volunteer for The Smith Family.

“I’m a people person and I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to meet customers and work with the lovely staff and volunteers at our store,” Janet said.

“Volunteering at the store is rewarding. Through The Smith Family’s work in the community, we are helping the children in need and we are also helping customers who come in store looking for affordable clothing. We have some lovely things in store and people come from all over to see what treasures they can find.

“I worked in catering and when I retired I missed interacting with people. Here you’re mixing with and meeting new people. Lots of people I know pop in to have a shop and say hi.

“Two mornings a week I volunteer in store. My role includes sorting and tagging items and helping customers find what they need. Anything that needs doing I’m quite happy to jump in and do.

“I’d say volunteering is very worthwhile; it’s a lovely friendly place and a fulfilling experience. It’s rewarding knowing that it only takes a small time commitment to make a real difference.”

Prior to volunteering with The Smith Family, Janet volunteered with Meals on Wheels for nine years and has also held a voluntary secretary role with the Make a Wish Foundation.

Doreen Williams is The Smith Family’s Dubbo Store Manager.

“Volunteers like Janet are incredibly valuable to our store and we are very grateful for her contribution. We have three volunteers at our Dubbo store who generously give their time, skills and energy to help us run our store smoothly and ensure our customers receive wonderful service,” Doreen said.

“Our store really is unique because proceeds from the sale of new and recycled products help The Smith Family deliver education programs for disadvantaged children and young people in the community.

“The Smith Family currently supports over 600 students in Dubbo through our Learning for Life education sponsorship program. So, by shopping local, you can help us to continue to make an important difference in the lives of children and families in our local community.

“This National Volunteer Week, we hope others may consider giving their time and skills to support our work and to those already contributing, we say a huge thank you.

“We hope our volunteers feel incredibly proud of the part they play in helping to transform the lives of thousands of young Australians through education.”

The Smith Family Dubbo store is currently looking for more volunteers to join their team. Join today by visiting the store or apply online.

For more information on volunteering opportunities at The Smith Family, please visit www.thesmithfamily.com.au