The Ukiah Senior Center Thrift Store has quite the history. Did you know that part of the building was originally on North State Street? It is quite a story, the entire history of the Center can be found under the About Us tab. Check it out when you have time.
The Thrift Store is a program that was initially managed solely by senior volunteers. The donations consisted of clothing, shoes, crafts, dishes and small household items. Over the years the Thrift Store has been remodeled to allow for three times the floor space and extended outside storage. The expansive remodel projects have allowed the Center to accept a broader range of large donations such as furniture, that includes bedroom furniture, dining room tables and chairs, entertainment centers, coffee tables, couches, to yard and garden equipment including outside patio sets, planter boxes, lawn mowers and the such. There are three staff personnel and over 30 dedicated senior volunteers who donate between 3 to 25 hours of a week.
The Thrift Store is a resource to the community. We provide the following:
A tax deductible receipt for items donated.
Reduction of items placed in the local landfill.
A site for volunteers to participate and be involved.
A site for those needing to serve community service to volunteer and give back to the community.
Local employment, improving tax revenues for the County.
Excellent shopping venue for those seeking a bargain.
Assistance to low-income seniors by providing vouchers two times per year for clothing assistance.
We take almost anything that is in good, saleable condition. In other words, if you would sell it at a garage sale, we will take it.
Items we cannot take are: Cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs or any baby/child related furniture that may be subject to a recall, personal hygiene items such as footbaths, damaged bike helmets, mattresses and box springs or any major appliances. Anything subject to recall cannot be accepted.
Donations are accepted Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Your donation is tax deductible! You provide the estimated value of the donation and keep the receipt for your tax records.
Although we have over 30 volunteers who give their time to the Thrift Store, we are always looking for more. If you can, volunteer 3 or 4 hours per week, any day is needed, but we always need extra help on Saturdays. We would love to have you! We need people to accept and process donations as well as serve as cashiers. We have approximately 75 customers a day so our store is busy. If interested, see the Manager or Assistant Manager.
We also need volunteers to help with a variety of projects that can be done at home. If you know how to knit, crochet or sew, we often have items donated that have not been finished and we cannot sell. You could take an item home, finish it and then we could sell it. We also have a need for small woodworking jobs such as refinishing a small table, securing wobbly legs, or cleaning up items to make them presentable for sale. If you can rewire a lamp or reupholster a small foot stool, we need your skills.
Our Thrift Store provides valuable community service opportunities for individuals who have a debt to pay to society or are trying to gain skills to re-enter the work force. We work with the Sheriff’s Department and place individuals who are paying fines as restitution or have committed blue or white collar crimes.
We also work with the Ford Street Project and supervise volunteers to learn skills to re-enter the work force.
Students from the middle and high schools also work to earn community service credit toward their diplomas.
Our Thrift Store also supervises young people who are building resume’s whether for a college education or military service.
Nothing is wasted! We sell what we can as well as donate to other organizations. If donated clothing is stained and not saleable, we donate it to the Salvation Army. They collect it, bale it and send it to under-developed countries where they make rugs out of it and sell them to stores throughout the world.
Some clothing is donated to Project Sanctuary and some books are donated to Goodwill Industries.
Metals are accumulated and once a month sold to a metal recycling company.