Earlier this week, Neighborhood House joined the ranks of thousands of volunteers across the nation in making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “a day on, not a day off.” On Monday, January 20th, we hosted upwards of 50 volunteers in an effort to prepare for Tuesday’s big project: a free thrift shop and resource fair for local families!
While the resource fair and thrift shop have been in the works behind the scenes for months, more visible front end work began this Saturday, when nearly forty volunteers from local businesses and schools came out to help us move and sort the two garages full of donations we’ve been receiving since December. On Monday, almost fifty additional volunteers helped us set up our thrift shop. It was a big job, but with so many great volunteers from the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, Harland Clarke, The University of Utah Bennion Center, Salt Lake Community College, and the Girl Scouts of Utah, we made quick work of our generous donations. Check out these numbers:
- 320 articles of men’s clothing
- 930 articles of women’s clothing
- 850 articles of boy’s clothing
- 740 articles of girl’s clothing
- 570 articles of infant clothing
- 250 pairs of shoes
- 120 pairs of socks
- 170 scarves and hats
- 60 adult coats
- 450 books and movies
- 80 household items
- 70 toys
- Over 4000 items total!
The resource fair opened Tuesday afternoon, and saw 21 community resources, including Food $ense, 2-1-1 United Way, Head Start and more! Families were given registration cards upon entering, and told to check in with the various resources. Each resource booth would provide a signature and after eight signatures, a family received a donated, reusable grocery bag from Harmons, and was able to enter the thrift store. If a family visited sixteen or more booths, they were entered in a raffle to win prizes like Lego sets, toy trucks, televisions, and children’s bikes!
Tuesday night’s event saw 75 families (270 individuals) come by Neighborhood House, many of whom members of the community who were not attending or utilizing Neighborhood House. Between volunteers and families, Neighborhood House had nearly 400 visitors over the course of one weekend! The thrift shop will remain open through Wednesday, January 22nd, so community members can continue to find shoes, winter wear, books, toys, and more, all for free.
We are truly grateful to all the volunteers and resources that made this event possible. We would also like to thank our staff who had such a big hand in helping the Community Connections Resource Fair come together: Volunteer Coordinator, Bret Ragan; Outreach Coordinator, Maria Schwarz, and our new Community Engagement Coordinator, Anna Wolfe.
Thank you to everyone who had a part in this wonderful event. We hope to see you next year!