Give up your time to help others
EVERY week Maree Maden donates her time to uncover buried treasures at the Endeavour Foundation's opportunity shop, and in doing so raises money to make life easier for people with disabilities.
This week, Volunteers Week, is dedicated to thanking volunteers like Ms Maden.
Ms Maden has been working at the opportunity shop on Boat Harbour Dr for more than a year and said the experience was rewarding.
"It doesn't just give you something to do, it gives you something that will help others," Ms Maden said.
"Plus you meet great people who also want to help others."
The shop has about 50 volunteers, but store manager Chris Spink said she was always looking for more helping hands.
"Boys, girls, old, young (volunteers); it doesn't matter," Ms Spink said.
She said volunteering was a great way to build skills needed for paid work.
"Here you learn retail skills like using a register or talking to customers," she said.
"It looks fantastic on a resume to say you went out of your way to get these skills," she said.
Those who are interested in volunteering can visit the Endeavour shop or head along to this year's volunteers expo.
The expo will be held on Saturday at the Hervey Bay Community Centre from 10am until 2pm.