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“It’s the real difference Working Gear can make in someone’s life” – Interview with volunteer Paul Gouldhawke

One of the most inspiring and beautiful things of walking through the doors of Working Gear’s shop, is to arrive and be greeted by the wonderful volunteers. We’d like to take time during this holiday season to give them all a shout out, for being the awesome human beings that they are. Sharing their time and energy with the staff and clientele of Working Gear. Working Gear is primarily volunteer ran, without our lovely volunteers we simply would not be able to survive.

 

We had the opportunity to talk to the lovely Paul Gouldhawke, a volunteer who is always smiling, ready to help. Thank you Paul for taking the time to speak to us about your time volunteering at Working Gear. Here’s what he had to say about the organization. 

 

Paul, How did you hear about Working Gear?

About three years ago I came across Working Gear while searching the Internet.

 

How long have you been involved in the organization?

Almost three years. After working gear helped me obtain some construction gear, I volunteered. I was very  impressed by the care and assistance the volunteers provided to their clients. 

 

What is your favourite thing about the organization?

I think what I appreciate the most is the real difference Working Gear can make in someone’s life, often it is difficult to obtain all the gear or clothes when one is trying to return to work. We provide both construction and retail career outfits such as suits and shoes. 

 

What motivates you to volunteer your time in the shop?

I’ve volunteered in the past for other causes and I recognize the need for an organization like Working Gear. The volunteer staff are very friendly and they do make a real effort to assist clients in obtaining needed clothing. 

 

Can you share a special moment that you had while volunteering? or a story that has stayed with you?

We recently had a client new to Canada who volunteered with us after obtaining some interview clothing. He looked great in the suit he received and got the job the next day. This success is very motivating for our staff and organization. 

 

How much of an impact do you see working gear is making in the community?

I think we make quite a difference in the lives of  clients. It’s rewarding to see them find outfits and gear that will help them obtain work. 

 

What can you tell potential donors about this organization?

We put donations to good use benefiting others. Our shop is well organized and it  provides a unique service as the only organization of its type in Vancouver. 

 

How will their money contribute to your cause?

Monetary donations are used to purchase items that are most needed. Not all items required are donated, we do purchase items such as rain gear and gloves.

So donors can rest assured their money will be used carefully and fully appreciated. 

 

Special thanks to Paul Gouldhawke for sharing his story with us. 

 

Working Gear is always looking for motivated individuals interested in volunteering with us. For more information about how to get involved, please contact our volunteer coordinator at info@workinggear.ca

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