Volunteer Overview

Creative Reuse relies on an amazing team of committed volunteers to accomplish our mission. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Volunteers starting at age 10 can help in our shop accompanied by a parent. Anyone aged 16-18 can volunteer independently in the shop with the permission of a parent or guardian.

If you’d like to inspire creativity, conservation, and community engagement through reuse, please fill out one of the application forms below.

 

Why Volunteer?

  • Discount: Get 50% off bulk bags and 20% off everything else in the shop!
  • Support Creativity and Reuse: Help us divert useful materials from the landfills
  • Meet Cool People: Meet other creatively-minded folks and build connections with your community.

 

Volunteer Positions

  • Donation Volunteer: Help us keep the Creative Reuse retail shop organized and awesome by measuring fabric, packaging small materials, sorting buttons and beads, reorganizing books and magazines, and more. Volunteer shifts are usually weekdays between the hours of 11 am and 5:30 pm. Shifts are a minimum of 2 hours long. The latest volunteer shift begins at 3:30 pm. Not able to come in at those times? Email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@pccr.org to check about Sunday availability or consider another volunteer role!  Click here for the Donation Volunteer Application!
  • **NEW!** Volunteer Shop Assistant (VSA): This position is for established Donation Volunteers only. VSAs help out in the Creative Reuse retail shop by accepting donations, assisting customers, operating the register, and more! Make new connections within the community and work in a creative and inspiring environment. A personal commitment of either one 4-hour weekly shift for 6 months or two 4-hour shifts per month for a year is required. There are two shifts available: 10:30 am-2:30 pm or 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Shop Assistant, please fill out our Donation Volunteer application and indicate that you would consider taking on the VSA role! Click here to view the full position description.
  • Creative Education Volunteer: Help facilitate hands-on educational programs by welcoming and orienting participants, keeping tools and materials organized, inspiring participants, making examples, helping participants create one-of-a-kind masterpieces, and more. Click here for the Creative Education Volunteer Application!
  • Community Ambassadors: Support and represent Creative Reuse by posting about us on social media, putting up flyers for events, and telling your friends and family about who we are and what we do. You don’t need to fill out an application for this position! Just help spread the word!
  • Internships:  We also have several internships available for folks who are interested in a longer-term, more project-based commitment. We’re always looking for students seeking course credit or anyone with specific skills interested in supporting Creative Reuse. Click here for a listing of our current internships.
  • Groups of Volunteers: Unfortunately due to space and staff limitations, we can no longer host groups of volunteers in our shop or warehouse except during special events. If you have a group of volunteers (age 16+) interested in volunteering at our next special event, fill out the group application (click here!). Our Volunteer Coordinator will send you emails periodically about upcoming events as they are announced. 

 

What to Expect

Donation Volunteers: Our Volunteer Coordinator will email you as soon as possible (usually within 5 business days) to schedule your volunteer orientation. Our orientations usually last 30-60 minutes and are based on your schedule! We will give you a behind-the-scenes tour, describe our volunteer program, have you sign some paperwork, and schedule your shifts if you would like.

Creative Education Program Volunteers: You will be contacted with the date and time of our next Program Volunteer Orientation. They are usually every other month depending on demand. After you’re oriented, you will be added to an email list to receive alerts about future programs. Sign up to help with the ones that work with your schedule!

If you have any questions, please email volunteer@pccr.org or call (412) 473-0100.

 

Check out our Volunteer Information PowerPoint by clicking here!

 

Volunteer Spotlight 

We love our volunteers and interns! We have an amazing group of folks who regularly take time out of their schedules to help us keep Creative Reuse running, and we wanted to let the world know how awesome they are. Meet our next volunteer in the spotlight, Monica! IMG_3275
 
Monica has been volunteering with us since September of 2017, and her enthusiastic energy and organizational skills have been a great asset to us! When asked why she decided to become a volunteer, Monica said, “I wanted to help with the Creative Reuse mission, and I love being in the Center. There isn’t anywhere in the Pittsburgh area like it. I drive 50 minutes each way to volunteer because it’s that awesome!” We asked Monica a few questions about her experience as a volunteer and want to share her answers with you!
 
Q: What is your favorite sort of project to work on? Do you have a favorite task?
 
“Organizing colorful threads, yarn, and trimmings is my favorite task. It’s exciting to see what your task looked like before your started and after. I love seeing all the colorful threads/yarn organized,” said Monica.
 
Q: What are your favorite materials to shop for at Creative Reuse?
 
“I never know what will grab my attention while volunteering. Each week, I find new things that differ from previous weeks. My creative curiosities gravitate to the bulk section mostly. My eye searches for vintage books, wallpaper, wrapping paper, and gift tags. The fabric sample books donated by businesses are a huge “must have” for me. I’m a painter and mixed media artist. I enjoy using various fabric from the sample books, trimmings from the fabric section, and misc paper goods found throughout the center to create a beautiful and unexpected work of art. If I didn’t volunteer, then I wouldn’t be exposed to these materials. Shopping here is a different experience than volunteering. I highly recommend doing both!”
 
Q: What’s the funniest/weirdest/coolest item you’ve found in the shop?
 
“I chanced upon two pink little crafty chickens. I’m not exactly sure what they are made from, but I knew I needed them. I bought one for myself and one for my son. They crack us up. They’re so random! I often wonder what the story is behind their existence. My chicken is kept in my studio. I smile each time I see it.”
 
Q: Lastly, what would you say to someone who is interested in getting involved with Creative Reuse?
 
“Do it! It is a place that promotes creativity. It’s refreshing to work with others and converse face to face while we each work on a common goal. The experience is therapeutic. I enjoy every day that I volunteer. It will benefit you in ways that you didn’t expect. Our world is so noisy, but that noise is silenced while working at PCCR. Your creative thoughts get louder though! Life is slowed down and yet the time passes too quickly while volunteering. Expect to leave inspired, relaxed, and fulfilled.”
 
 
Thanks for the kind words, Monica! If you’d like to follow her advice and volunteer with us at Creative Reuse, go to pccr.org/volunteer and fill out an application today.