GIANT Garage Sale Call for Volunteers

Sale May 27 & 28; Giveaway May 29, 2016
Kesler Hall, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana


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We had yet another terrific sale in 2015, grossing $62,137.19 for the homeless animals at CCHS. And doing so with the best group of volunteers around. Can we top that in 2016 - our 32nd sale? We can with your help, and that of your friends and neighbors. Please encourage anyone you know to join us - as volunteers (and as shoppers!) Each year we unfortunately have to say goodbye to long-time volunteers; we need to replenish our ranks and our current volunteers make the best recruiters. Volunteers who work a minimum of 10 hours and commit to working at least four hours on sale days or at cleanup may purchase items before the sale after they’ve completed 10 hours of work. New volunteers are encouraged to attend orientation May 17 at Kesler Hall. Below are the details of the schedule and the link to sign up.

Please read the Volunteer Handbook, which explains the guidelines for making this enormous undertaking a fun and profitable venture. On behalf of the CCHS Board of Directors, I thank you for your support! If you have questions, please contact me at 763-6999 H or 217-871-1927 C or mlpayne@illinois.edu. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Mare Payne, Chair


Sunday, May 15: Moving Day - 3-4 hours; 9 a.m. to completion
We move equipment from CCHS to the Fairgrounds. We need strong people and vehicles such as trucks and vans to transport sawhorses, clothing racks and supplies. Meet at the shelter at 9 a.m.; we expect to be finished by 1 p.m. Bring work gloves.

Tuesday, May 17: Orientation for new volunteers - 1 hour; 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Kesler Hall
Brand-new volunteers - or volunteers who worked their first year last year - are especially encouraged to attend a short overview of the opportunities the sale offers for your time and efforts. Any volunteers welcome. How can your interests match our needs?

 Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22 - Donations accepted at Kesler Hall
Help unload cars; sort and price items. On the weekend, all hands will be asked to help unload cars (those with able backs) and greet donors (those with less-able backs) during the weekend to better manage the overflowing driveway and control the drops.

Monday, May 23, through Thursday, May 26 - Organize and sale preparation
Organize, organize, organize; check pricing: set up check out, and learn to run the registers. We sell more when we’re organized.

Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28 - Sale Days!
Help keep the place organized; move merchandise from floor to tables (“No bare plywood or walls!” is our mantra); run registers; help the public. Early birds begin unloading the storage trailers at 5:30 a.m. Friday. A pizza and salad lunch will be provided for volunteers around 11 a.m. each day. We will take turns. Sale is Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with bag sale at 3 p.m. Giveaway on Sunday is 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday cleanup. We’ll start consolidating merchandise and tearing down tables as the bag sale begins to thin (bag sale starts at 3 p.m.), but the two long sale days mean we’ll leave as soon as we can after 6, leaving most of the cleanup for Sunday.

Sunday, May 29 - Building clean up and recycling and Giveaway!
Charities are given first crack at the leftovers at 8 a.m.; the public comes from 10 a.m. to noon. $1 admission will be charged to enter. The consolidating of merchandise and dismantling of tables occurs simultaneously to the giveaway. Anything left after the giveaway is sorted into recyclables. Cardboard will need to be flattened. Equipment will be returned to the shelter, so we need trucks again and more bodies.

Monday, May 30 - Building clean up and recycling
Cleanup & recycling continues. Trucks may be needed again to relocate supplies to CCHS.

Tuesday, May 31 - Building clean up and recycling; load plywood back on trucks
We wrap up cleaning of Kesler Hall, returning the remaining supplies to the shelter, carts to Schnuck’s.


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   Questions? Email Natalie@cuhumane.org or mlpayne@illinois.edu