Local nonprofit thrift stores have banded together to educate the community about how they are supporting many essential social service programs in Shasta County.
People of Progress has produced a free Treasure Map filled with information about these shops and the services they make possible in our community. Copies are available at all participating stores and in other sites throughout Shasta County.
All the stores featured on the map keep their overhead costs low and keep at least 90 percent of their proceeds local to serve people in Shasta County. Currently, the participating stores are All Saints Episcopal Church’s All Saints Thrift Shop, Northern Valley Catholic Social Service’s A Second Time Around, People of Progress’ POP! Super-Size Thrift Shop, Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s Sacred Heart Thrift Store, First Christian Church’s Second Helpings, The Attic, and The Salvation Army.
These seven thrift stores’ many volunteers and donors support over 21 different local social service organizations and programs. Their customers are a huge part of this circle of giving and in appreciation, many of the stores are having special discounts during the first week in August. In addition, People of Progress, A Second Time Around, and Second Helpings are sponsoring a drawing for a $100 gift card. Any customer visiting three of the Treasure Map stores that week is eligible to enter and you need not be present to win.
The free Treasure Map includes contact information, locations, hours of operation, store specialities, donation information and which programs each store supports. You may also find this information on the People of Progress’ website www.peopleofprogress.org
Because these local nonprofit thrift shops are so important to so many organizations and the people they serve, two local businesses supported this project: Ken Lawrence, at Silverado Mortgage, donated photocopying for the Treasure Maps and Budget Printing supplied paper at cost.
Lawrence, who is the vice chair of People of Progress said, “There is such an increase in competition for sales and donations this year, we think education is key. It’s not always apparent what stores are nonprofit; which ones are local who keep donations and proceeds within the community; and which ones keep overhead costs low to better serve the local community. If it’s clear to the public what their shopping dollars actually support, they can make a choice. ”
For more information, the public is invited to contact any of the participating stores.
~ From press release