Since 1997, approximately 75,785 hours of volunteer service has been contributed to the COS Foundation and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District by the Eagle’s Nest Resale Shop, according to a press release from the college.

The COS Board of Trustees last month honored the volunteers of the Eagle’s Nest Resale Shop for their many hours of service during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held at Ellie’s Espresso and Bakery in Weed.

Since 1997, approximately 75,785 hours of volunteer service has been contributed to the COS Foundation and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District by the Eagle’s Nest Resale Shop, according to a press release from the college.

Following a 70s themed dinner, members of the COS Foundation and College staff recognized many individuals for their contributions to the Eagle’s Nest. A special part of the evening is the presentation of the Eagle’s Nest is recognizing volunteers for the 1,000 Hour Club. This year we had four volunteers reach this elite club; Barbara Brown, Christine Daleiden, Sharon and Jan Mauck. The evening ended with recognizing our Volunteer of the Year. Jan Mauck, of Weed, is the 2018 recipient. Ms. Mauck started volunteering at the Eagle’s Nest in August of 2015. Since joining the staff, she has contributed over 1,053 hours of service.

“She is enthusiastic and always has the best interests of the Shop in mind when making decisions,” said Angel Keen, Supervisor of the Eagle’s Nest Shop.

Mauck was promoted to Clothing Merchandiser in 2016. She is extremely passionate about all our clothing making it to the sales floor in mint condition. She is instrumental in training new staff and is very thorough in her training with each person. Ms. Mauck has gone above and beyond her duty as a Volunteer. She is always ready to work extra hours when needed. She has a positive attitude that is infectious throughout the shop.

The volunteers are a vital part of the daily operations of the Shop and operate under the same guidelines as any other retail business, said Keen.

“We strive to keep prices low, and the quality of the merchandise at a very high level, while maintaining a pleasant, clean, friendly organized atmosphere for the patrons,” Keen added.

Currently the Eagle’s Nest is staffed by 13 community members, each volunteer provide mentorship to COS students.

“We currently have four scholarship students and four part time paid students. In addition to our COS students, we work with the Siskiyou Training Employment Program, Goodwill Work-Site, and the District Attorney’s office for Community Service,” said Keen.

When the shop first opened, it was the foundation’s vision to provide quality used clothing, household items and furniture for all ages at affordable prices without having to drive too far to get a great deal, Keen explained.

Funds raised by the shop are used to provide instructional equipment and supplies that cannot be funded through the College’s general fund budget. Funds are also used to support the Siskiyou Promise program which pays for the tuition of Siskiyou County high school graduates who attend COS the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation. As a state-assisted community college, COS relies on the success of its students to help with funding. However, activities such as the Eagle’s Nest give the Foundation the ability to provide funds that assist students in promoting student success.

Since 1997, the Eagle’s Nest has raised $980,484.07 in support of the College of the Siskiyous and its many programs, services, events, and the Foundation Scholarship program.

For more information about the Eagle’s Nest Shop or if interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Keen by calling (530) 938-4663. The whop is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.