Never underestimate the power and effectiveness of volunteers. Especially the 20-30 volunteers for Attic Treasures of Harlem, which sells donated items at its West Milledgeville Road location to raise funds for local charities. Through the years Attic Treasures, which is celebrating its ninth year this fall, has raised more than $257,000 for other organizations.
“It’s amazing to see what we can do and how we can help the community with the store,” says Loreen Reynolds, the treasurer of the nonprofit. “We have so much fun. Our volunteers have formed good friendships with each other and with a lot of our regular customers.”
Some of the charities that the store supports include Relay for Life; Fisher House at Fort Gordon and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center; Lydia House; Good Samaritan House, a free health clinic in Dearing; Concerned Women in Grovetown and Wounded Warrior Project.
“When an organization like Attic Treasures is operated by all volunteers, you know it’s run from the heart,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder. “We salute the Attic Treasures organization and its volunteers that share their time and energy to help others in need.”
Attic Treasures also gives four scholarships of $1,000 each annually to a senior from Harlem, Grovetown and Thomson high schools as well as a home-schooled student to further their educations. At Christmastime, the organization purchases new toys and clothing for 100-150 children. It also supports individuals who have fallen on hard times, sports organizations, Harlem Arts Council and Columbia County Animal Shelter.
“We give the shelter pillows and blankets that can’t be sold. We hold a free rabies clinic in the spring and a free microchipping clinic in the fall. Pet owners just need to bring a bag of brand-name dog or cat food to the clinics as payment, and we give the food to the shelter,” says Loreen.
The store is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit attictreasuresofharlem.org.