Volunteer Spotlight: A Combined 18 Years of Service to Our Mission

Often referred to as the “dynamic duo,” Evelyn Bassett and Sheila Nee are two familiar faces that you will recognize if you shop at Cape Abilities Thrift. While you likely know them for their warm personalities, hard work, and caring nature, you might not know that the two have been volunteering at Cape Abilities Thrift for a combined 18 years!

Evelyn’s time at Cape Abilities Thrift began 15 years ago when she was looking for a volunteer opportunity that would allow her to interact with the community, while giving back. A self-described “people-person” Evelyn has enjoyed making connections with regular customers, staff, individuals, and other volunteers — truly making the store a community. The Cape Abilities mission also resonated with Evelyn on a personal level through her granddaughter, who has a disability.  “I like people, I like helping others, and to see the strides that Cape Abilities has made and how far they’ve come,” she said.

Sheila started volunteering for Cape Abilities Thrift three years ago. Initially attracted to the opportunity by her longtime love of thrift stores, Sheila has also made connections to Thrift‘s regular customers and community partners. Her years of experience in thrifting gave her an eye for displays and an understanding of the business. The mission that the sales fund is also a source of motivation. “Cape Abilities is just a great organization to volunteer your time,” said Sheila.

Thank you to Evelyn and Sheila for their continued service to our mission — and make sure to say hi to them next time you’re at Cape Abilities Thrift!

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