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 

 aaaaMeet our new dream team, roommates Mary Whitmore and Grace Wargo! This month’s Volunteer Spotlight focuses on two volunteers with a mission: fulfill 120 hours for their Chatham service requirement and beautify Creative Reuse at the same time!
Here’s what they had to say about volunteering with us!
Why did you want to start volunteering at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse?

Grace: “I love art and everything that goes into it, and this non-profit makes it affordable for everyone to express themselves and use their creativity.”

Mary: “I’ve been a customer at PCCR for a while now and wanted to give back. I love what they stand for and I enjoy being around items I can get creative with.”
What is your favorite sort of project to work on? Do you have a favorite task?

Grace: “I love organizing the beads and straightening up displays. They both are incredibly satisfying tasks.”

Mary: “My favorite task changes daily. I enjoy the challenge of trying to integrate new items into the Bulk section. I also love sorting beads into bags and making new signs for the shop.”
What’s the funniest/weirdest/coolest item you’ve found in the shop?

Grace: “Some of the old yearbooks crack me up. They have the signatures and messages inside that are just too funny!”

Mary: “I found a small book of essays from 1919 where the author gives his opinion on anything and everything from corn to how to effectively go to sleep at night. I read it when I need a good laugh.”
What are your favorite things to buy at Creative Reuse? What do you do with them?

Grace: “I’m always buying jewelry and vintage posters. Today, I’m buying some handmade porcelain mugs!”

Mary: “I love to buy old posters and prints of artwork to decorate my apartment.”
Lastly, what would you say to someone who is interested in getting involved with Creative Reuse?

Grace: “Just get up and try it out! Volunteer a few hours. Every bit of time helps and everybody here is super awesome.”

Mary: “I would say VOLUNTEER! There are tasks for many skill sets and there’s plenty of friendly people who volunteer as well!”
Thank you for the kind words, guys! We’re excited to have you as part of our team. If you are interested in volunteering with Creative Reuse, check out the positions above!