Since 1997, approximately 87,339 hours of volunteer service by more than 209 individuals who have worked at the Eagle’s Nest Resale Shop has been contributed to the COS Foundation and the College of the Siskiyous District.
National Volunteer Week during the third week in April is an opportunity to thank all the thousands of volunteers across the country who keep many organizations running, communities safe and provide the services that otherwise would not exist without volunteers.
Since 1997, approximately 87,339 hours of volunteer service by more than 209 individuals who have worked at the Eagle’s Nest Resale Shop has been contributed to the COS Foundation and the College of the Siskiyous District. Currently the Eagle’s Nest is staffed by 15 community members who provide hands-on, heart-to-heart mentorship to community service workers and COS student employees. Of those 15 volunteers, eight have been volunteering at the Eagle’s Nest for more than five years, and two of the eight have been with the shop for 10 years.
The volunteers are a vital part of the daily operations of the Shop and operate under the same guidelines as any other retail business. Under the supervision of Resale Shop Supervisor Angel Keen, volunteers 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.
“The volunteers are the heart and soul of the Eagles Nest,” said Keen. “The volunteers mentor COS students of all ages who work at the shop. I enjoy being a part of this mentorship and seeing our students grow into confident, successful members of the community. Since becoming the supervisor, we have had approximately 35 COS students work at the shop. Many still keep in touch with me on a regular basis. Additionally, I love seeing our students learn from our diverse group of volunteers. The volunteers love mentoring our students and quickly adopt the students as their own. The Eagle’s Nest gives the students and volunteers a great sense of pride. I always say, with the volunteers and student commitment and my OCD we make the perfect team.”
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. Funds raised at 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 provide foundation scholarships and assist with campus renovations. Since 1997, the Eagle’s Nest has raised $980,485 in support of the College of the Siskiyous and its many programs, services, events, and the Foundation Scholarship program.
“I love working at the Eagles Nest,” says Shirley Dutt, a volunteer since 2016. “I don’t consider it work. The joy of serving my community is what keeps me coming back, along with helping the college and the students.”
Due to state and federal ‘stay at home’ guidelines, the Eagles Nest has been closed to the public since March 19. However, many of the staff have still been coming to the shop to help with sanitation, reorganization, and preparation for reopening once guidelines have been lifted.
“This time of closure has given us plenty of opportunity to reorganize, clean, and paint. We look forward to reopening as soon as possible and we are excited to share new items with our customers.We have new jewelry, wax warmers and scents, car scents, sunglasses, and lots of spring and summer attire,” said Keen.
“I’ve volunteered at other places, but the Eagles Nest is my favorite,” said Jan Mauck, a volunteer since 2015. “Before volunteering, I used to come in to the Eagles Nest pretty often. One day, Angel Keen asked me if I was interested in volunteering. I answered yes, and I’ve been here now for five years. The Eagle’s Nest provides a place for the whole community to shop for clothing, furniture, and household items at affordable pricing. Not only is it a great place to work, but we are supporting our community and our students.”
For more information about the Eagle’s Nest Shop or if interested in becoming a Volunteer, contact Keen by calling (530) 938-4663. Regular store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.