Senior Center Thrift Store plans reopening; seeking volunteers

Series: Coronavirus | Story 209

Last updated 5/22/2020 at 10:38am

The Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store is seeking volunteers in preparation to reopen the store that has been closed for two months. The Thrift Store – in the QFC shopping center in Westgate – is a primary source of income that supports Senior Center programs.

According to Senior Center/Edmonds Waterfront Center Executive Director Daniel Johnson, the reopening plan aligns with Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phased directive to reopen businesses.

Thrift Store manger BJ Whitman said Phase 1 only allows curbside pick-up and deliveries. Phase 2 will allow retail in-store purchases while implementing social-distancing measures. Phase 2 is anticipated to begin June 1, but could be moved out based on the latest data on the progress of the virus.

“We will be following the retail social distancing protocols provided by the state,” Whitman said. “In order to protect our volunteers who are 65 years of age or older, we are seeking younger volunteers to help us through the governor’s four-phase program to re-enter the marketplace.”

The planned reopening is Tuesday, June 2.

There are a variety of shifts available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include receiving and sorting donations, pricing, and merchandising. The store will also be accepting donations beginning May 22 by appointment.

Call 425 977-0411 to schedule a donation drop off.

Those interested in volunteering can contact BJ Whitman at 425-977-0411.


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