Assistant Manager (Current Employee), Waunakee, WI – October 8, 2014
Pros: great people, great deals, excellent healthcare
Cons: working outside in the snow
St. Vincent de Paul is a county run series of thrift stores that are run by a non-profit lay Catholic (meaning they are not connected to the church) charitable organization. Dane County SVDP runs the largest customer based food pantry, women's and Men's temp housing, a pharmacy along with vouchers for those in need to receive free clothing and household – more... items.
People from the local community bring donations to the store and the employees ensure they are properly bagged or boxed and they are sent to the central processing facility to be priced and dispersed through the 7 Dane County stores.
Each day a truck goes to each store and drops off a load of priced clothing, miscellaneous items, linens, furniture and more to each location. These items are unpacked and placed throughout the store. Most days this is a 2-3 hour task.
Customer service is the most important part of this position! From regular customers to first time shoppers we try to ensure they all feel welcome and wanted. I had several regulars who brought cookies at least once a week because they loved us so much!
Hardest part is working the donation truck in whatever weather comes your way! But it is what keeps the business running so it is one of the most important pieces as well!
Merchandising experience, or a willingness to learn is a must! While we run a thrift store we like it to look like a boutique. It is a lot of fun and very satisfying to here the customers ooo and ahh over your work!
If you want a job were you are working for the good of mankind and getting great deals on clothing, household items and more...this is the place for you! – less
What I have learned and the enjoyment I recieve in HR
Internship in the HR Department (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CA – June 25, 2012
A typical day at St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store would be checking in with my manager on what needs to be done for the day and what the priorities are. In the department I work for, Human Resources, is constantly engaging the community but creating a homeless recruitment center in a vacant room in the building and a dance studio where volunteer – more... dance instructors teach the employees/customers several dance styles. During the a typical day my boss and I work on our projects together in addition to posting job positions for the whole society, interview those best fit, and taking care of the day to day needs.
I have learned working in Human Resources your primary responsibility is to keep the businesses assets protected and the employees assets protected. This department has many different tasks that require skills in multi-tasking and being proactive.
Management is decentralized but great at collaborating together. All those in management have been there for over five years and all share the same desire to be compassionate to the unfortunate.
My co-workers do an excellent job developing new ideas to grow the company.
The hardest part of my job is have to go through the process of terminating. I have only had to do it once but was so far the hardest task from my position.
The most enjoyable part of my job is being part of a department that involves everyone who works for St. Vincent de Paul. It exposes me to different aspects of the business. I also enjoy expanding the companies’ facility to help strengthen the companies culture and their involvement in the community. – less
asst. manager (Former Employee), Morris, IL – June 1, 2012
Pros: was like working in giant garage sale
Loved working physically would never be surprised at what was donated. Met and spoke with many regular customers,also got to know certain items that would interest them in buying.Learned many things about customer service ,working with employees and helping many community service workers.I enjoyed the physical side of our work. The hardest part of my – more... job was my most enjoyable.I was in charge of maintaining offsite storage for all merchandise. Weekly truck would be loaded and shuffled in all kinds of weather,also maintained stock laodin and using my personal truck – less
Administrative/Customer Service (Former Employee), Erlanger, KY – May 18, 2012
Pros: helping people in need, wonderful co-workers
During my volunteer time I took incoming calls for people in need of help. I used a multiline phone, checked voicemails, and used Microsoft Outlook to email the churches for their help. The hardest part of the job was having to hear about the struggles so many people were going through everyday. The best part of my job was being able to help these same – more... people with food, rent, utilities, furniture, and clothing. It was nice to give people a little relief from all there hardships. – less
very productive place doing lots of great things for the public
Volunteer in soup kitchen (Former Employee), Dublin, Bow Lane – August 21, 2014
i thoroughly enjoyed working in the S.V.P's soup kitchen in Bow Lane. This experience gave me a true feeling of satisfaction and a job well done. it was almost heart wrenching at time, we would see families and individuals so down on their luck, and to see the appreciation in their eyes felt enlightening. This was a great place to volunteer and i would – more... definately consider later in life picking up where i left off – less
This is a great place to work, Too bad it didn't last long
General Labourer (Former Employee), Windsor, ON – January 15, 2014
Pros: the nicest people you'll ever meet. steady work. never run of things you need to accomplish
Cons: short time working there. was only a temp
I loved working here, It was great to meet kind warm people of all sorts of backgrounds. The jobs and tasked preformed were labor intensive but if you know what you were doing it was a breeze
You fist start off with collecting donations that the trucks would bring in or people that would drop off donations. Then a team of people would sort threw the – more... donations looking for quality from new to gently used clothing. What ever wasn't good enough to make the cut would then be throw into a compactor and was then bailed for donations that were sent overseas to 3rd world countries. Other clothing items (such as t-shirts with prints) were cut into rags that would be given to the salvation army to help the less fortunate bathe or do general cleaning.
Nothing went to waste here. The old electronics that were donated were inspected for mercury batteries that were removed and disposed of properly. Other electronics that were not able to be salvaged or deemed out of date were stripped of all metal compensates and were sent to the recycling bin for drop off. – less
Pros: it gave me the oppurtunity to learn new skills like cash handling.
Cons: we have to deal with some very difficult customers
It is an interesting place to work as i get to meet people and see how much the charity helps people in need and how the numbers are increasing for them to help. I have learned customers skills and cash handling experience and work well as part of a team which is essential to create a good working environment. I enjoy the satisfaction of helping people.