Make a Difference VA 2022 Winner

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‘Make a Difference’ Group Award Barrhead Volunteer Appreciation 2022

Blue Heron’s  “New To You” volunteers


Blue Heron Support Services Association is a Non Profit organization that supports adults and children with developmental disabilities, brain injury survivors and provides adult literacy programs.  We are excited to be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2023.  

The New To You store is integral to Blue Heron’s success.  Since 1990 the New To You has been and continues to provide, not only, valuable fundraising dollars but also an inclusive learning environment in which the persons we support can thrive.  Our store is in the heart of our community, providing affordable new and used clothing and household goods, and an avenue for the recycling and repurposing of unwanted items.  Through local referral services we also provide clothing and other items free of charge to those in need.

All of this is only possible because of an amazing crew of dedicated volunteers.  The store has been almost exclusively run by volunteers since its opening.  Although the faces may change our team remains reliable, hard-working, inspiring, understanding and fun.   Working together they achieve all that is asked of them and more, going that extra mile to ensure that their job is not just done, but done well.  We are blessed and extremely grateful to have such a committed and passionate team.  Our crew of volunteers is the most important asset we have.  

Our current team have really stepped up to the plate.  The pandemic caused us to lose some volunteers. Those still able to volunteer committed extra time and effort.  They went that extra mile to keep the store running smoothly.  Our volunteers are invaluable.  They fulfil every available role at the store on a daily basis, by bringing in and sorting donations, hanging up clothing, displaying and pricing items, serving customers and taking time out on weekends to bring in donations.  They lead by example and are passionate about the store and what it has to offer.

It is with heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation that we nominate our entire team of volunteers for the ‘Make a Difference’ Group Award for 2022.

Nominated by Blue Heron Support Services