SPCA New Zealand

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Volunteer at an SPCA Op Shop

Volunteer at an SPCA Op Shop

We have over 80 SPCA Op Shops across the country which help us raise valuable funds for animals in need.

Our shops are managed by paid staff but the majority of our workforce consists of invaluable and dedicated volunteers – without them, we could not keep our doors open.

What type of work would I do at the op shop?

Our Op Shop Volunteers help with a range of different tasks around the store. They receive donated items and help sort sellable goods from items that are no longer usable. They mend, repair or wash items to get them ready for sale, and help with pricing and displaying them on our shop floor. Our volunteers also work at the checkout counter and help our customers find the items they are looking for. Some of our shops need truck drivers to pick up larger items such as furniture from generous donors.

What’s in it for me?

Volunteering at one of our Op Shops will give you the opportunity to learn customer service and cash handling skills from one of our highly experienced Op Shop managers and your fellow volunteers. You will also be able to bring out your creative side when it comes to merchandising the store for our seasonal sales. If you are looking to get into a customer service role, volunteering can be a great way to learn and showcase your skills to future employers.

And last but not least, every dollar we raise at our op shops goes straight back into helping animals in need, so you are saving lives every hour you volunteer.

How much time will I have to give?

Most of our op shops will ask you to commit to a minimum number of days or hours each month, usually covering a half or full-day shift. Before you can start, we will ask you to complete an induction day to learn all the skills you need for the role. We do this to keep you and the other volunteers in the store safe

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