Work will Temporarily Limit Services and Donations; Volunteers Needed To Assist in Effort
Willimantic, Conn. – October 2, 2019… Victoria Nimirowski, executive director of the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry or WAIM, recently announced that the organization will briefly be limiting its services in an effort to improve the “shopping” experience for clients who use their Material Goods Redistribution Program. WAIM’s fall reorganization project will begin on Sunday, October 20, and continue through Monday, November 4, 2019. At the end of the 16-day reorganization, WAIM clients can expect to find a safer, cleaner, more dignified space to peruse and select clothing and household goods including gently used furniture and appliances.
WAIM will not be completely closed to the public during the reorganization. While clients will not be able to access furniture, appliances, linens or other household items, people in the community will be allowed to stop in during regular shopping hours to select clothing items. Regular shopping hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to noon, and the first Saturday morning of the month. In the event of a crisis such as a fire or medical emergency, WAIM will open exclusively for the people in need. Donations from the public will not be accepted during the reorganization to make it easier for staff members and volunteers to sort through and organize existing goods in WAIM’s distribution center.
“We’re very excited about the redesign and reorganization of our second floor showroom because we know it will make it easier for the people we serve to get the things they need,” stated Nimirowski. “We’re working closely with retail experts to design and set up new display areas. Our new system will keep inventory moving so there are always new high quality items for our clients to select.”
WAIM is actively seeking volunteers to help with 16 days of cleaning, painting and reorganizing. Volunteers should contact Merle Potchinsky at 860.456.7270 extension 17. Community members interested in making a donation before or after the reorganization can also contact Merle Potchinsky.
WAIM was founded in 1984 as an association of churches, synagogues, fellowships and concerned citizens that helps neighbors in need in the greater Windham area. Call 860.456.7270 to schedule a tour or learn about WAIM programs firsthand.
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Caption: A volunteer and client work together in WAIM’s Material Goods Distribution Program. The shopping setting and selection will be completely reorganized from October 20 through November 4. During this time, WAIM shopping will be limited to clothing items and donations will be temporarily suspended.
Paula Zakrzewski Shepard
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