The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Inc. (NACRO) is the peak organisation for Australia’s charities and charity op shops that recycle clothing, furniture, household and workplace goods to provide for the disadvantaged and fund vital community welfare programs.
Donations, not rubbish please
Christmas New Year is the time many people undertake a household clean-up in preparation for the New Year. It is also a time of hardship for many people, so donations of quality goods are needed by charity op shops to raise funds so they can deliver their services. But giving unusable or broken goods and rubbish to a charity bin or op shop is not a donation – it is dumping waste on a charity. Australia’s charity recyclers stand to lose millions of dollars this holiday season disposing of rubbish and unusable ‘donations’. Make your donation count by following these simple tips:
1.Ask yourself, would you give this item to a friend in need (ie it’s clean, undamaged, good quality)
2.Donate direct to the op shop during operating hours or call to arrange pick-up for larger items
3.Put rubbish and damaged items in your rubbish bin.
National Op Shop Week 2015
The 2015 National Op Shop Week will be held from Sunday 23 August to Sunday 30 August. The week is a celebration of Australia’s charity op shops – the important role they play in Australian communities and the volunteers and staff committed to supporting the charities’ missions through the funds and services provided through the op shop sales.
But don’t wait for 2015 to discover the joys of donating and shopping at charity op shops. Find out how you can make your donation count ….
Did you know Australia’s first family are op shoppers? Read more here …
Margie Abbott thanks Australia’s 70,000 op shop volunteers on behalf of the nation
A highlight of the 2014 National Op Shop Week was the celebration of charity op shop volunteers, attended by Mrs Margie Abbott, wife of the Prime Minister. Some 70,000 volunteers support the operations of charity op shops around Australia. Mrs Abbott helped us recognise their contribution during a morning tea hosted by The Smith Family. She chatted over a cuppa and cake with the volunteers and staff at in op shop in Burwood, NSW. Mrs Abbott is pictured below with (left – right) Cherie Donaldson (Lifeline volunteer for 27 yrs), Bob Takser (Salvos – 18 yrs), Sena Belle (Smith Family – 6 yrs), Tracey McCullagh (Smith Family – 16 yrs) and Rena Basilico (Smith Family – 6 yrs). Meet more charity op shop volunteers here …
Margie Abbott launches National Op Shop Week
Margie Abbott, wife of the Prime Minister, officially launched National Op Shop at an event hosted by Salvos Stores in Manly.
In the spirit of the week, Mrs Abbott donated some household goods – beautiful platters – and also purchased some clothing and books.
She is pictured below handing over the platters to General Manager Salvos Stores Australian Eastern Territory Neville Barrett and NACRO Chief Executive Kerryn Caulfield before meeting store volunteers, staff and people assisted through Salvos’ programs funded by the stores.