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

After you’ve filled out your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule a volunteer orientation. You will be given an in-depth shop tour, learn about your volunteer position, and schedule any future shifts. Volunteer Shop Assistant applicants will also go through a short and casual interview process. All orientations and interviews are held at our retail store.

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

 

Volunteer Spotlight 
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Creative Reuse relies on the help and dedication of many volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them! Meet our May Volunteer in the Spotlight, Katelyn!

Katelyn joined the Creative Reuse team in March though the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s Learn and Earn Program. Her great work ethic and consistently positive attitude make her an asset to our shop. Her work includes accepting and processing donations, assisting customers, and stocking the retail store. When asked what her favorite part of her job was, Katelyn responded, “My favorite thing to do in the shop is work at the donations desk. It’s a very fun skill I learned. I learned how to better communicate with the customers that come into the shop and how the shop properly deals with donations.”

We get a ton of strange items here at Creative Reuse. You never know what the next person is going to bring in! The weirdest/funniest thing that Katelyn ever saw in the shop was a foam Cornhead hat, that makes the wearer look like corn on the cob!

Lastly, we asked Katelyn what she would say to someone considering volunteering. She said, “Just to do it! It’s a very fun experience, and you learn a lot of new skills along the way that can help you in the future. You will meet a lot of awesome people who are kind, friendly, funny, and that won’t mind helping you along your journey as a volunteer. You also learn how to appreciate the world we live in, because before I started volunteering here, I did not know that just how many things can be recycled or reused for a creative purpose. So if you’re interested in volunteering, don’t be shy or second guess yourself! Volunteering here is probably one of the best choices I’ve made so far.”

Thanks so much, Katelyn! If you’d like to follow Katelyn’s advice and sign up to be a volunteer or intern with us, go to pccr.org/volunteer.