Meet Jady! Just graduated from Fairview High School last spring, she’s got her whole life ahead of her. Jady is entering the University of Washington to study Environmental Science. Jady is also one of our volunteers at TRU Thrift.
Covid wasn’t an easy time for most, and many everyday activities were suddenly extinct, including retail shopping. Many people were left with not much to do and in search of new hobbies to keep busy. For Jady, that hobby became volunteering at her local thrift shop. Jady and her mother enjoyed thrifting and were frequent shoppers at TRU Thrift. One day they saw a sign advertising ‘help wanted’ and decided to give their spare time to a good cause.
“Starting as a volunteer during Covid was hard and kind of weird,” Jady claims, but she found it to be rewarding and worthwhile. Through the three years that Jady volunteered with TRU Thrift, she found friendships, helpful and kind people, and some cool thrift shop discoveries.
If you visited TRU Thrift in the past few years, you would likely find Jady up front and center on a cash register – she is a people person and loves interacting with customers. If not up front, she’s in the back sorting clothes and chatting up the other volunteers in the clothing department.
Very few of our volunteers are in the younger age group, and even fewer are school-aged, which makes Jady just that much more special. When asked about what she would like to share specifically with others her age about volunteering, she highlighted a few positives, “It’s a way to have great learning experiences,” Jady says, “and colleges and employers love it.” Jady says it is also a significant way to feel involved with your community while making a difference.
Over the past three years here at TRU Thrift, Jady contributed close to 200 volunteer hours! One key life lesson she took away from her volunteer time is the value of having patience and understanding for others. She also learned how to carry extra responsibility, as well as the importance of volunteering and serving others.
Now that Jady is off to college, she won’t be around the store as much, but her lasting impact will resonate for years to come. Jady will be coming home next summer, so you might get a chance to stop in and say hi to her next June!
Submitted by Kelsey B., Thrift Shop Intern