Recently I wrote about my hopeful anticipation of retirement in about a year. Among the many things to consider when thinking of one’s retirement is the very real concern of what to do with one’s time. There are far too many sad stories of people who, upon retirement, took to the couch and the television and wasted away, perhaps shortening their golden years in the process.
Keeping busy post-retirement is not only fulfilling but numerous studies have shown that older people who remain active and engaged in their community are happier and live longer than those who do not.
I have vowed to take this to heart. I have plenty of things I want to do once I am no longer employed full-time. Of course, this website will occupy much of my time. But also high on my list is a desire to do more volunteer work in the community. One of the things I’ve long admired about Winchester and Clark County are the many charitable organizations that do so much good work. Most of these groups rely mostly or entirely upon volunteers to run their operations.
Clark County Community Services is one of these organizations. Founded in 1975, CCCS is dedicated to providing services to individuals and families in crisis. People who are in need of basic life-sustaining resources, including food, utilities, housing, clothing, and more.
The organization runs CC’s Closet, a thrift store that accepts donations of items such as gently used clothing, accessories, nursery items, home décor, housewares, kitchen tools, and holiday décor. Sales support the services of CCCS. It’s a great place to find a bargain and help support their mission. CCCS also runs a food pantry.
As you can imagine, all of this work requires a lot of volunteer help. And that’s the point of this article.
Recently, CCCS executive director Debbie Fatkin sent out a plea for help from the community. In it, she wrote that the COVID pandemic had forced CCCS to scale back its services and change the way operations were run, even closing CC’s Closet for a while. But operations have returned to the pre-pandemic mode, and this has put a strain on the organization.
“We have been back to normal in terms of donations, the bin, the store, the pantry and have started accepting volunteers but they are slow in coming, and donations are not slow in coming,” Fatkin wrote.
“The bin is overflowing. Those seeking assistance have increased to pre-COVID numbers. We have new shoppers in the store every day, we believe because of the need to thrift due to the cost of food and gas.”
Fatkin and her staff are looking for volunteers to help in the following areas at the store:
- Processing donations
- Breaking down cardboard
- Carrying boxes to the attic
- Hanging clothes (HUGE NEED, HUGE)
- Running food buggies to cars
- Making food bags
- Sorting and pricing linens
- Sorting toys
This is a great opportunity for retirees or others with some free time on their hands to give back to our community. If interested, contact Debbie Fatkin at 859−744−5034 or stop by the store at 30 Taylor Ave.
Perhaps I’ll see you there. In about 11 1/2 months.