VOLUNTEER WEEK: Vinnies
THE St Vincent de Paul Society in Dalby has many hard-working volunteers who donate their time toward running their op shop.
Margaret Taylor started volunteering with Vinnies in 2016, three years after she retired.
“I enjoy the interaction with all of our colleagues and our customers when they come into the shop,” she said.
“I really enjoy it.”
Miss Taylor works at the checkout serving customers as they come in.
“We just have to be more aware of social distancing and just make sure we don’t overthink.”
She said volunteering gave her satisfaction.
“I just enjoy doing what I do and I know it’s helping people.”
Catherine Mary Hiesler also donates her time toward volunteering with Vinnies.
“It was this time in 2009 that I joined,” she said.
“The Catholic Church asked if I could do some volunteer work.”
Mrs Hiesler enjoys talking to the locals and knows the Dalby community very well.
“I just about know the town inside out and all the country people around.
“It’s really pleasant!
“You always hear of other people’s problems and you’re just listening trying to help them out.”
Vinnies sometimes gets troubled people, including drug users, coming into the shop but the staff do what they can to help them out.
“I get them water,” she said.
“They seem to settle down with a little bit of help.”
Mrs Hiesler said most volunteers are retirees, but some younger people have come to help out.
If you would like to volunteer with Vinnies, feel free to contact the Dalby branch on (07) 4662 3497.