fcs thrift boutique volunteersPHOTO: (l-r) Thrift Boutique volunteers Diane Trillo, Lorraine Weinberg and

Eva Turco

Long Branch, NJ – Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest non-profit social service agency, is seeking dynamic, friendly, and dedicated volunteers to help staff its nonprofit Thrift Boutique, located at 307 Branchport Avenue in Long Branch. The popular resale store offers quality men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and housewares at deeply discounted prices in a clean, well-organized and inviting shopping environment. Since all of the Boutique’s merchandise is donated, all sales proceeds go directly to support FCS’s 11 different programs and services, including homelessness prevention, financial management, home care and childhood literacy.

“Volunteer support remains at the core of our agency’s mission, especially at the Thrift Boutique” says FCS Volunteer Services manager Samantha White. “We rely on our Thrift volunteers to do a wide range of tasks, from unpacking and sorting donated items, to pricing and displaying merchandise, to working behind the register. Their contributions of time and talent help us minimize operating costs and maximize profit.”

White says the Thrift Boutique welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Each brings a unique talent and perspective to the store. Eva Turco, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, has been volunteering at Thrift with her friend Lorraine Weinberg for more than a dozen years. The two do it because they "love the people." Diane “Dee” Trillo, a retired school counselor and more recent volunteer, says she enjoys helping the customers. Students, mothers, even corporate groups are welcome to volunteer.

White says flexible scheduling is another great reason to volunteer at the Thrift Boutique. During the summer months, the Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.  Volunteers can work just a few hours a month or several days a week. To learn more about becoming a Thrift Boutique volunteer, contact Samantha White at 721-222-9111 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or sign up online at http://fcsmonmouth.org/our-services/volunteer-programs/apply/

The FCS Thrift Boutique is also always in need of new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, linens and household items. Donations are accepted at the store during regular business hours. A complete list of items the Thrift Boutique accepts can be found at http://fcsmonmouth.org/wp-content/uploads/Thrift-Donations.pdf To stay up to date on what’s in the store, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Thethriftboutique