Last month Yvonne and Bernice, two of our PVs from Charles City, Iowa, held a garage sale, with proceeds benefiting the PV Volunteers. This is the third year of the sale and I asked if they would share any insight they had for others wanting to replicate the idea in their area.
As for some words of wisdom on what we do for the garage sale, this is the third one we have done. We live in such a small rural community it is hard for us to hold a huge fund raiser, especially with very limited help and the fact that no one here has heard of the PV’s. Garage sales go well here in the spring/summer, so that what we decided to do. We try collecting things from family, friends and ourselves with the knowledge that what we collect will go to the PV’s. The first year I was moving and down sizing and we had a lot of things to sell and it encourage others to think of that too, so we had a lot of items. This year Bernice was lucky to know a lady that was moving too and we got items from her, besides our own. We make it easy for ourselves by ticketing any large items , like furniture, etc. the rest we just sort out and put on tables labeled with a sign of the price, like $1, $2, etc. no pricing necessary to save time. We even have some small tables of 25 cents, 50 cents too. We also post a sign that all proceeds go to charity.
We hope these words of wisdom inspire you to do something similar in your own community! Thank you Yvonne and Bernice!!!
Today the volunteers spent the day at Mary’s Place. Mary’s Place “provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. Across nine emergency family shelters in King County, we keep struggling families together, inside, and safe when they have no place else to go providing shelter, services, resources, community, and hope.” The PVs spent their volunteer day helping to sort through two huge bins of donations that were then sorted further so that they could be distributed to those who needed them throughout Mary’s Place’s shelters.
Later in the evening we gathered together to share a meal together and show our gratitude for a great week of volunteer service. We want to thank the volunteers who took part in the week for all their time, flexibility and enthusiasm each and every day. We couldn’t have done in it without you! Year seven of the PV Volunteer Week was a success because of you!!!
Last night, PVs went out with the Union Gospel Mission on one of their Search and Rescue vans, this time in Burien and Des Moines. The “Outreach and Search & Rescue teams go out, day and night, 365 days a year, to search out and find those who are homeless, hungry, and hurting. We get to know them. We remember their names. We listen to their stories. We meet them where they are with essential supplies to make it through another day and night. And we invite them inside. ” It is always an eye-opening experience for us to take park in one of these nights, meeting wonderful people and listening to people’s stories.