Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Vernon & District is celebrating Social Enterprise Day November 15 with a 50% off everything sale at its Georgette Thrift Shop located at 3100 – 28 Avenue in Vernon.
Social Enterprise Day is part of Global Entrepreneurship week, recognized as a day to raise awareness of social enterprises who are businesses trading for a social or environmental mission.
“Our social enterprises have a significant impact in our community,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon & District Executive Director. “Not only do our enterprises earn $250,000 annually to support our programs and services, they provide meaningful volunteer opportunities and the chance to learn valuable transferable employment skills for individuals living with mental illness.”
CMHA Vernon’s enterprises also save 10,000 tonnes of waste from going to the landfill through its recycling initiatives.
The Georgette Shop was established in 1966 in memory of Georgette Andres, a founder of the CMHA Vernon branch. Volunteers dedicate more than 500 hours a month to operate The Georgette.
Donations of gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing are gratefully accepted. Unsold clothing is shipped to developing countries to help meet their need for clothing. Non-saleable clothing is cut into rags and sold to local businesses. Jeans and other suitable materials are cut into pieces for volunteers to make into quilts for sale.
At the heart of the Georgette community is Anne Kopp. For 49 years Anne has been a dedicated volunteer. “I love the people here. I’ve made a lot of friends,” she said. “I think they (CMHA) are doing a marvelous job and a job that is very important to the community.”
“Our volunteers do tremendous work running the store six days a week,” said Store Manager Art Harrigan. “We are also very thankful to community members who donate and purchase items. Every purchase goes a long way to help run our programs.”
Harrigan says most of the customers who come in say it’s their favourite store.
“We are happy to invite the community to come out November 15th for our big sale, and enjoy some tea and cookies, good conversation and great fashion,” he said.
The Georgette Shop is open Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CMHA Vernon also operates a shipping and receiving centre, recycling program, box assembly production and lawn maintenance services.
Social Enterprise Day is part of Global Entrepreneurship week, recognized as a day to raise awareness of social enterprises who are businesses trading for a social or environmental mission. Social Enterprise Day celebrates organizations and companies that work to service the community and its needs by providing goods and services to the less fortunate people in the community.