Why volunteer with HWGA?

  • You get to shop early – before the sale is open to the public! The more you volunteer, the earlier you shop! Read more about the different volunteer opportunities below!

  • The more you volunteer, the more you earn!  Work at least 8 hours and earn 70%.  Work at least 16 hours and earn 75%.

  • You are helping Aldersgate give back to the community.

  • Volunteering is fun! This is an opportunity to meet new people, or make a day of it with a friend! Buddy up to volunteer and shop!

  • You do NOT have to be a consignor to volunteer! Come join us!

About volunteer passes…

The Volunteer pre-sale pass you earn is good for you ONLY. Volunteer shopping times are determined by the option you choose and the number of shifts you work. This is our “thank you” for the work you do and the time you donate. No actual “Pass” is required. Your name will be on a list at the door at the shopping time for which you qualify.

Volunteer Policies

  • Volunteers who are scheduled to work and fail to show up for their scheduled shift will not be allowed to volunteer with HWGA in the future unless a valid excuse is provided.

  • All volunteers are required to check in for their scheduled shift.

  • As a volunteer, you must check-in 15 minutes BEFORE your shift begins to receive instructions.  Many shifts will have a start time listed as 15 minutes before the actual shift begins.  We do this in the hopes that you will actually arrive on time, (15 minutes before the shift) so that you can be oriented as to the tasks being assigned and so we do not have gaps in coverage as our morning shift people will be leaving right on the hour, and if we open at 10 am, we need you there before 10 to get you signed in and in your assigned position.  These extra 15 minutes DO NOT count towards your total hours.

  • You may select a 2-hour shift if it suits your schedule, but you must volunteer for 4-hours in order to qualify for the pre-sale.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Volunteer tasks are very easy, but most require standing for the duration of the shift. If you have a disability that might prevent you from performing some tasks, please just let us know. We will do our best to accommodate.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

You Name It 

If you have a special skill in advertising or PR this is the shift for you. Contact Karen directly and she will arrange for you to assist with a variety of tasks related to promoting the sale. This could include but will not be limited to, flier distribution, blogging, getting sale sponsors, providing a meal, or assisting with our social media campaign. Hours logged will go toward a pre-sale pass!

Set-Up Volunteers

Be prepared for some lifting or volunteer your man to help!  Volunteers will be setting up racks, tables, signage and more to get ready for the sale.  Wear comfortable shoes. The set-up time is:

  • Saturday, August 26th – 9:00am-1:00pm 

Inspection Volunteers

Will need some volunteers who have a good eye for spotting stains, tears, missing buttons and missing pieces.  Remember, we want to keep our standards high…would you buy it?   You may also be running things out on the floor to put them on the racks and/or tables, organizing things on the floor and moving furniture/baby items.  Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 

  • Saturday, August 26th  – Thursday, August 31st and September 5th 
  • Monday, September 11th – Thursday, September 14th
  • See Volunteer sign up page for specific times

Public Sale

Volunteers will be running check-out areas, bagging merchandise and assisting shoppers in various needs. Volunteers will also be monitoring the sales floor for items out of place, and sale security. NOTE: Some positions require a lot of standing/walking while others may be completed while sitting.  Please let us know if you have special needs so we may assign a task that works best for you.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Sorting/Breakdown/Pick-up Volunteers

 This is our highest need position.  Volunteers will break down the sale and sort consignor merchandise.  Sorters are responsible for gathering and preparing consignors’ merchandise for pick-up.  Volunteers may also assist sellers in locating their unsold items and check to make sure that the items they have are theirs.  Volunteers will also break down the racks, signage and other sale equipment.

  • Saturday, September 23rd – 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sunday, September 24th  – 2:00pm-6:00pm

HWGA Volunteer Opportunities

You have three ways to volunteer with us.  Find the one below that works best for you to get YOU in the door early.

  • “Gardening Guru” Volunteer: Work 12 hours, (4 hours at the Charity pre-sale, and 8 hours split between set-up and break-down, and you will shop first!

                   Requirements: Work 4 hours – Charity Event —Saturday, September 9th 

        • AND Pick two of the following 4-hour shifts,
          • Saturday, August 26th from 9:00am-1:00pm (Sale Set-up)
          • Saturday, September 23rd from 2:00pm-6:00pm (See Volunteer times in your account)
          • Sunday, September 24th from 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Break-down Volunteers: we will need as many volunteers as possible for this shift.   The incentive is you are only working eight hours but earn a 12-hour pre-sale pass. Your commitment gives you this great shopping opportunity.

    • Saturday, September 23rd AND  Sunday, September 24th  (See Volunteer times in your account)
  • Create your own Volunteer Schedule: You can create your own volunteer schedule with us! Choose 16+ hours of volunteer shifts and shop FIRST!!  These volunteers will shop the same time as our Gardening Gurus.

    Choose from our available shifts throughout the sale. Jobs will range from set-up, merchandise placement and inspection, assisting customers, general sales floor presentation, and breakdown. Sign in to your account, and follow the links to the volunteer registration sign-up. Choose as many shifts as you’d like, depending on how early you want to shop on the volunteer pre-sale evenings.

Volunteer Pre-Sale Schedule:

Wednesday, September 6th

  • Super Volunteers (16+ hours) and Gardening Gurus:  Wednesday from 5-9pm 
  • Breakdown Volunteers and 12+ Hour Volunteers: Wednesday from 6-9pm 
  • 8+ Hour Volunteers: Wednesday from 7-9pm 
  • 4+ Hour Volunteers: Wednesday from 8-9pm