hairdresser's," said MacDonald, 58. "I liked how it looked and I walked
in. And in my first two to three trips, I was really enjoying working
with other volunteers here."
It has been more than two years since she started donating her time
and services at the shop that sells donated furniture and designer and
MacDonald, who spent 26 years working as a registered nurse, performs
a host of tasks, from appraising and pricing merchandise to customer
relations and negotiating with buyers. If needed, she would be cashier,
MacDonald works about eight hours a week. Her main shift is on
Saturdays, but she pitches in as required on other days as well.
Her greatest satisfaction is the sense of giving back to the
community, she said.
"My satisfaction comes from knowing that the money we make is spent
within the community here, be it for research or to give a ride to a
patient," she said.
MacDonald says she knows she and others at the store are "making a
"Sure, we didn't actually do the research," she said. "But we know we
helped make some of it happen."
Volunteering is also the best way to get to know your community, said
"Normally, I would be here yacking away with people, and every time
I'd learn something new or different about what's going on around me,"
Of course, MacDonald has made sacrifices, like golf and spending
Saturday afternoons with her husband. She still works full-time as a
nurse consultant during the week.
But she always makes time for her volunteer work.
"I'm happy I'm doing it," she said. "I wish more working ladies would
take the time to volunteer. It's worth the effort."