Whilst the AFC team were working from home during lockdown, only communicating by email and Zoom, with some of us yet to meet face to face, we booked in our volunteering session at Thread Together to help get clothing out to communities in need.
Whilst enduring Sydney’s 2021 lockdown, with precautions in place and masks on, AFC team members the AFC team spent half a day at the Thread Together HQ picking and packing orders for people who otherwise wouldn’t have had access to new clothing.
Aside from giving these donated clothes a new life and reverting them from landfill, it was a fantastic time to get to know each other and interact outside of Zoom.
The process of picking and packing orders is a simple task, although when you add on the amount of clothing that goes out daily based on the recipients style choice, size and age, it becomes a process of problem solving that in the AFC’s case, got us talking, collaborating and really building our togetherness as a team.
During our session we were able to talk to the Volunteers at Thread Together, listening to triumphant success stories of how these clothes make an immense positive impact on so many people's lives. Stories of young girls in rural communities receiving dresses for their school formal or clothing entire families who are doing it tough. After just a few hours we had helped the Thread Together team get these orders ready to be picked up and sent out plus got to know each other a whole lot better.
"Volunteering at Thread Together was an amazing experience for multiple reasons. The first being I met my manger for the first time outside of our weekly zoom meetings, and the second was that we were collectively spending time helping the charity and the recipients who would soon be receiving their delivery of brand new, unworn clothes.
The process of registering to volunteer and learning the ropes was made easy by the incredible team at Thread Together, plus a fun playlist to bop to whilst we picked and packed."
- Hannah, Communications and Content Coordinator
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