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.
  • Pizza: Enjoy appreciation parties in our shop!

 

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 

File_000 (10)

Every month at Creative Reuse, we select an awesome volunteer to put in the spotlight. This month’s Spotlight Volunteer is Lem Huntington!

Lem started volunteering at Creative Reuse in April 2017. He was familiar with our shop before joining our team. “I came here before for art supplies. It’s amazing what people donate and what you can pick up for a real bargain. I thought I’d like to get my feet wet here and immerse myself in the culture,” said Lem.

Since he started volunteering, Lem has become a Creative Reuse superstar. He notoriously does the jobs that other people shy away from. These are some of our dirtier tasks like testing and labeling house paint, scraping carpet samples off of paperboard backing, and sorting small items. “I like going through the strange miscellaneous things and finding categories for them, and I like doing the things that other people don’t like. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment,” said Lem.

Outside of Creative Reuse, Lem is a collage artist and oil painter. He describes himself as an abstract artist, inspired by the work of Romare Bearden and Juan Gris. Although he doesn’t sell his work, Lem loves giving it away to friends and family. He got his MFA in Film and Video and taught many college classes, including Graphic Design, Video Production, and Photoshop. His current goal is to help people, and he strives to use his background to find creative ways to give back. He is considering a future career in Art Therapy. “I’ve been in an art therapy group before, and I really believe in it. I really think it works,” said Lem.

When asked what he would say to someone considering a volunteer position at Creative Reuse, he said, “Check it out! It’s a great way to get your hands on some new materials. If you have any kind of inclination towards arts and crafts, I’d say it’s a must, especially because of the discount. It’s nice to be an insider in such a creative place.”

Thanks for sharing your story and the kind words, Lem! If you would like to become a volunteer with us at Creative Reuse, go to the middle of this page and fill out one of our applications. Maybe you’ll be in the spotlight someday!