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Our volunteers are integral to the Community

Hobart Volunteers Integral to the Community (Read the full story here)

It's mid morning, and the Moonah City Mission retail outlet is just getting ready for the day ahead, and this morning they're being visited by the volunteer coordinator, Sheralyn Jackson.

National Volunteer's week (May 12-18) gives good motivation for Ms Jackson to personally meet with all the people who make running the shop possible.

"Just to show them our appreciation, because the Hobart City Mission, the same as many community organisations, wouldn't be able to do what they do without the support of volunteers," she says.

As volunteers move about in the well sorted but packed isles Ms Jackson says it's impossible to put a price on the people who give their time for the organisation.

"Volunteers are absolutely integral to community organisations for the support and the work that we need to provide to a community," she says.

As well as the retail arm the Moonah charity organisation has other social benefits.

"It's a place for people to come in and feel safe and comfortable and be able to have somebody behind the counter that they can have a chat to and someone that will listen without being judgemental," says Ms Jackson.

One of those people behind the counter is Marilyn Wilson, and originally she was only going to volunteer for a short time, that was three years ago.

"I love doing. I couldn't stand being at home and just sitting around, I really enjoy being out here.

"I think it's really special, seeing all types [of people] come in. They come in for a chat sometimes and I love the shop being nice and clean and presentable, I get great satisfaction out of that," she says.

Ms Wilson isn't worried about the future of volunteering saying there's always people coming in to help out.

"It will never be without volunteers, it's a good place to work," she says.

Eighty-four-year-old Marguerite Goninon says she takes as much from the organisation, as she gives.

"Personally, it's a great thing for me rather than sitting at home vegetating.

"I get a lot of pleasure out of talking to people and we have some lovely customers that come in regularly so we chat away to them," she says.

Ms Goninon also recognises the importance of volunteers within the community.

"I think we're pretty important people because without volunteers these shops would not be working because we're all volunteers," she says.

With a laugh, the eighty four-year-old admits there aren't many people her age coming through the door to volunteer.

"But when we do, I'm sure they're like me and they say 'we're here, and we're staying'," she says.