THE Salvos give a lot of help in the Leongatha community – Foodbank, showers for the homeless, wood for winter, community meals, financial aid, vouchers – as well as hope.

Now they need a hand with the Leongatha Community Salvation Thrift Store.

Specifically, they need quite a few willing hands, people to volunteer their time to help with the running of the store which raises funds to support the good works of the Salvation Army.

Store manager Fiona Phelan explained the bustling little shop in Bair Street is a Community Salvation Thrift Store, not a Savers, meaning they don’t get any help from the Salvation Army.

“What we get is only community donations and after we pay our rent and electricity and everything like that, what’s left over goes to help the community,” Fiona said.

“We are a community and everything goes back into the community.”

As the saying goes, many hands make light work, and there’s plenty to be done at the store by a hardy band of volunteers who really enjoy what they do and the people they do it with.

“We constantly have stock coming in and you have to be constantly sorting it, and you’ve got people constantly doing linen and constantly doing clothes… it just keeps coming in. And you’ve got people doing customer service,” Fiona said.

So, if you’ve got a couple of spare hours to spend sharing a laugh and doing good for the community, or to meet JobSeeker requirements, pop in to 62 Bair Street, Leongatha and Fiona will guide you through the application process.