Category Archives: volunteer

Slow Open With Outdoor Swap Requests

We’ve had requests from swappers wanting to start free swapping again. If your area has been approved to re-open for in-person socializing, you may want to consider the following to allow a safer start to free swapping.

If you decide to do an outdoor swap- such as in a parking lot, park, or large outside yard swap- I will post your details on the swap positive site if you send me the following information:

  1. swap host(s) name and email/phone contact information.
  2. category(ies) you will be swapping (such as women’s size medium, all size/all age, jewelry, etc).
  3. location address, day, and time of swap
  4. on day of swap, put down your items in piles 6 feet apart.  Then do a round robin where you move around the circle looking at each pile, and taking things that look interesting.
  5. promise that all swappers attending wear masks (yes even outside, since we will be closer to each other). And that instead of trying things on, you gather up what you like, and take it home to wash it before trying it on. You can always bring what doesn’t work for you back to the next swap.
  6. name of the non-profit you’ll donate your remainders to- and the name of the person who will take them to the location.
  7. Only swappers who are NOT ill agree to attend the swap.
  8. Only swappers comfortable taking the risk come to the swap.  Each swap host may require you to sign your name and contact information when you arrive at the swap,  in case someone at the swap turns up positive, you can be contacted.

If you decide to host a swap with the above protocol, please send me the details to swappositive@gmail.com and I’ll post it here and on our Swap Positive Google calendar!  Thanks swappers!

Barb Hughes

Donate Clean, In Good Condition Clothing!

If you’ve been spending time at home cleaning out your closets, you can donate your freshly washed, in great condition clothes to help neighborhood families!  Kenton Church has offered to wash and deliver emergency clothing during this Covid-19 pandemic.  I emailed and asked if we free swappers could provide clothes to help. Here’s Zack from The All Size Family Clothing Swap at the Kenton Church with the details:

Hope this finds you well and staying healthy.
Thanks so much for thinking of us. We have already received a few emergency clothing requests that we are working now to fulfill as best we can.
As far as clothing donations go…at this time our core volunteer and all-around superstar Emma Taniguchi is processing and arranging donation logistics to help gift emergency clothing to people.
If you would like to DONATE emergency clothing please let us know what you have to donate through the request form through our website here. We ask that all clothes be in good ready-to-wear shape and thoroughly washed and clean before being donated.
Emma will store and quarantine new donations until we can safely get them into circulation.
Thanks again! We’ll look for any donation emails to come in from the form on our website. Please do not drop off clothes unless it has been pre-arranged through Emma.*
Zack Stack
* added information for clarity.

Volunteers Needed for the Spring Stuff Swap!

It’s time to volunteer for the 2020 Spring Stuff Swap!  (Tentative date is Saturday April 11th. , in NE Portland at the Evergreen Church venue. When we get all volunteer positions filled we’ll put out the RSVP information on the Swap Positive Website. Volunteers assure themselves a place at the swap!).  Feel free to choose how you/your friends would like to help make the magic happen!

This is a fun tradition for teens and adults to bring useable items they no longer want, and do their shopping free! Due to space constraints, and to keep the venue from being too crowded, all attendees need to be teens or adults (no children) and you must RSVP to the special email that will be created just for this event. If you volunteer, you assure yourself a space at this fabulous free frugal event!

These are very important jobs. When signing up for these volunteer positions, we are creating a dependable community of people, and without that we cannot have these fantastic swaps!

Here’s the volunteer opportunities, and how many people we need. Swap Volunteers, please email me with the heading “2020 Stuff Swap Volunteer” with what job(s) you would like to volunteer for at swappositive.info@gmail.com. All volunteers are assured a place at the swap!

 Updated VOLUNTEERS POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Two people who will greet and sign in swappers as they arrive.  Good job for 2 friendly people who will keep each other company while they wait to sign in people. Arrive between 1:00pm and 1:15pm on day of swap to pick up clipboards.

Non-profit who will pick up remainders!  Or 2-3 Person(s) with van(s) who will pick up and give away remainders for free to a charity preferably who gives away the items, not sells them.  You can choose a charity of your choice, or arrange with one of the non-profits we’ve worked with in the past. Bring a van and pick up boxes/bags on day of swap between 3:00pm and 3:15pm, then deliver them and make lots of people in our community happy!

2 people who will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders after swap.  Arrive any time between 1pm and 2pm so you have time to put out your own stuff.  Start packing up around 2:45pm or whenever the crowd has thinned out, and stay until everything is packed up (est. 3:15pm). You will be part of a team of 5-6 people, and many times at the end of a swap you find treasures that were buried away.

 

THANKS TO THESE SWAPPERS WHO HAVE ALREADY VOLUNTEERED!

Aubrey will take RSVP’s in advance. She will also help with the organizing of volunteers and pre-planning.   

Chris will bring his sound system and be the emcee, doing the main talking and playing background music.

Barb and Toby will bring the floor signs and put them down on the floor in rows with tape. I’ll also post swap announcements on Swap Positive, and do the initial pre-planning.

Shay, Elaine, and Shari will bring vacuum cleaner(s) and extension cord(s) to vacuum venue after the swap:  Estimate around 3:00pm – 3:15pm.

Jimena, Annie, Alaina, Denise, and Marla will help swappers put out their things.  If you see someone come in with a lot of stuff, ask them if they’d like help putting things out in rows, then help them. Arrive 1:15pm.

Shay, Eben, and Robin will bring boxes and bag/box up remainders after swap.  Arrive any time between 1pm and 2pm so you have time to put out your own stuff.  Start packing up around 2:45pm or whenever the crowd has thinned out, and stay until everything is packed up (est. 3:15pm).

Swap Volunteers, please email me with the heading “2020 Stuff Swap Volunteer” with what job(s) you would like to volunteer for at swappositive.info@gmail.com. All volunteers are assured a place at the swap!

Thanks for being a part of the Swap Positive Community and volunteering to make this happen!!!!

In appreciation and free frugal fun,

Barb Hughes, Founder, Swap Positive

P.S. If you’ve never been to a stuff/gift swap, here’s a swap in action:

 

Maternity and Baby through Kids size 10 Clothes and Accessories Swap, Hillsboro, February 29th

Maternity and Baby Clothes through Kids Size 10 – Clothing and Accessories Swap!  Including baby and maternity accessories, books, and toys!

(NO REGULAR WOMEN’S CLOTHES)

Please bring things to swap AND/OR one or more non-perishable food items for the Oregon Food Bank. Of course, nobody will be turned away regardless of what you bring or don’t bring.

When: February 29th, 2pm-3pm.

Where: Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, 172 NE 32nd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124, USA

You may arrive as early as 1:40pm to set things out. However, WE ASK THAT ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR ITEMS, STEP OUT OF THE ROOM OR TO A DESIGNATED AREA UNTIL 2PM. We want everyone to have a fair chance at getting what ever comes and getting some nice things. You will NOT be allowed to create a stack of new finds prior to 2pm.

VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NEEDED TO:
1) Help set up tables and label them (around 12:30pm).
2) Help direct people as they come in and place items of those who come at the last minute. (These should be people who are there to give more than to receive items).
3) Pack up the left overs for donation (3-4pm)
4) Help put the tables away once the packing is done.
5) Take a load for donation.

Here are the details on what you can bring:

Bring gently-used gear and clothes: maternity and sizes premie up to size 10.
Items may include (but not limited to):
clothing
socks and tights
shoes
coats, hats, sunglasses and other accessories
cloth diapers and diaper covers or unused disposables that no longer fit your baby
maternity clothing, nursing bras (NO REGULAR WOMEN’S CLOTHES)
baby gear (blankets, strollers, carriers, slings, baby care items, legal carseats and furniture, etc.)
mama gear (nursing pillows, pumps, etc.)
toys
books (both for baby and parenting books)
games

It helps to sort your clothing beforehand in these categories:
• Newborn to 3 months
• 6-9 months
• 12 months
• 18 months
• 24 mo/2T
• 3T
• 4T
• 5T
• 6-7
• 8-10
• Maternity
• Bathing
• Feeding
• Diapering
• Gear
• Toys/fun
• Books
• Shoes/socks
• Hats/hair

There are no limits to how much to bring or take, we just ask that you take only what you need. Please bring something to carry home all of your new-to-you finds! Any leftover items will be donated to Northwest Children’s Outreach
http://www.northwestchildrensoutreach.org/

Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/482896272417570/?notif_t=events_recurring&notif_id=1579235104414444

Maternity and Baby Clothes and Accessories Swap, Hillsboro, February 29th

Maternity and Baby Clothes through Kids Size 10 – Clothing and Accessories Swap!  Including baby and maternity accessories, books, and toys!

(NO REGULAR WOMEN’S CLOTHES)

Please bring things to swap AND/OR one or more non-perishable food items for the Oregon Food Bank. Of course, nobody will be turned away regardless of what you bring or don’t bring.

When: February 29th, 2pm-3pm.

Where: Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, 172 NE 32nd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124, USA

You may arrive as early as 1:40pm to set things out. However, WE ASK THAT ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR ITEMS, STEP OUT OF THE ROOM OR TO A DESIGNATED AREA UNTIL 2PM. We want everyone to have a fair chance at getting what ever comes and getting some nice things. You will NOT be allowed to create a stack of new finds prior to 2pm.

VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NEEDED TO:
1) Help set up tables and label them (around 12:30pm).
2) Help direct people as they come in and place items of those who come at the last minute. (These should be people who are there to give more than to receive items).
3) Pack up the left overs for donation (3-4pm)
4) Help put the tables away once the packing is done.
5) Take a load for donation.

Here are the details on what you can bring:

Bring gently-used gear and clothes: maternity and sizes premie up to size 10.
Items may include (but not limited to):
clothing
socks and tights
shoes
coats, hats, sunglasses and other accessories
cloth diapers and diaper covers or unused disposables that no longer fit your baby
maternity clothing, nursing bras (NO REGULAR WOMEN’S CLOTHES)
baby gear (blankets, strollers, carriers, slings, baby care items, legal carseats and furniture, etc.)
mama gear (nursing pillows, pumps, etc.)
toys
books (both for baby and parenting books)
games

It helps to sort your clothing beforehand in these categories:
• Newborn to 3 months
• 6-9 months
• 12 months
• 18 months
• 24 mo/2T
• 3T
• 4T
• 5T
• 6-7
• 8-10
• Maternity
• Bathing
• Feeding
• Diapering
• Gear
• Toys/fun
• Books
• Shoes/socks
• Hats/hair

There are no limits to how much to bring or take, we just ask that you take only what you need. Please bring something to carry home all of your new-to-you finds! Any leftover items will be donated to Northwest Children’s Outreach
http://www.northwestchildrensoutreach.org/

Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/482896272417570/?notif_t=events_recurring&notif_id=1579235104414444

Women/Femme Clothing and Accessories Size Large and Plus, SE Portland, February 23rd

Large Size and Up Women/Femme Clothing and Accessories Swap (size 14 – Women’s Large and Plus Clothing Swap)

Please bring Women’s size 14 and up clothes in good condition (no rips or stains) and accessories such as jewelry, shoes, hats, belts, purses.

Please bring extra bags to help haul out the left overs. Every 4th Sunday in People’s Food Co-op community room.

What: Women’s Large and Plus Clothing Swap (size 14 – and up)

When: 7-8pm February 23rd (and every 4th Sunday)

Where: People’s Food Co-op, in the upstairs community room, 3029 SE 21st ave Portland.

Arrive a few minutes early to start swapping at 7 pm.

Rules: Bring clean clothes in good condition, size 14 and Continue reading

All Size Family Clothing Swap, Kelso, February 19th

The South Kelso Neighborhood Association is hosting a Monthly Free Community Clothing Swap/Give-away!

When: Every 3rd Wednesday from 2pm-6pm

Where: at the Three Rivers Mall in the Community Room, 351 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA 98626.

Bring your clean and in good condition clothing donations to swap (all sizes, ages, and genders)! They’d also love volunteers to help. Please contact 360-747-7240 or kelsoneighborhood@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about free swaps in general, check out this link: https://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/

Remainders from this swap benefit the South Kelso Neighborhood Association.

Wanted: Stuff Swap Co-Volunteer Coordinator: Position Available Now

stuff swap

Hi Swappers!  I’m looking for a volunteer to partner with me in co-coordinating the volunteers for the twice a year gift and toy swaps (December and April, with planning beginning 2 months before each event) in NE Portland Oregon!

This is an opportunity to make a positive difference, gain new skills for free, and add this leadership position to your resume! You will be working closely with myself, established swap coordinators, and new and established volunteers.  I’ll lead you step-by-step so you will feel confident as a leader and part of the Swap Positive Team. Any responsible, dependable, kind, individuals age 18+ can apply for this volunteer position.

If you are dependable, have good attention to detail, and like working with enthusiastic volunteers, please email me at swappositive@gmail.com and in the subject line write “Stuff Swap Co-Volunteer Coordinator”. Looking to fill this position ASAP.

 

All Size Family Clothing Swap, Kelso WA, January 15th

The South Kelso Neighborhood Association is hosting a Monthly Free Community Clothing Swap/Give-away!

When: Every 3rd Wednesday from 2pm-6pm

Where: at the Three Rivers Mall in the Community Room, 351 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA 98626.

Bring your clean and in good condition clothing donations to swap (all sizes, ages, and genders)! They’d also love volunteers to help. Please contact 360-747-7240 or kelsoneighborhood@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about free swaps in general, check out this link: https://swappositive.wordpress.com/about/

Remainders from this swap benefit the South Kelso Neighborhood Association.

Women/Femme Clothing and Accessories Size Large and Plus Swap, SE Portland, December 22nd

Large Size and Up Women/Femme Clothing and Accessories Swap (size 14 – Women’s Large and Plus Clothing Swap)

Please bring Women’s size 14 and up clothes in good condition (no rips or stains) and accessories such as jewelry, shoes, hats, belts, purses.

Please bring extra bags to help haul out the left overs. Every 4th Sunday in People’s Food Co-op community room.

What: Women’s Large and Plus Clothing Swap (size 14 – and up)

When: 7-8pm December 22nd (every 4th Sunday)

Where: People’s Food Co-op, in the upstairs community room, 3029 SE 21st ave Portland.

Arrive a few minutes early to start swapping at 7 pm.

Rules: Bring clean clothes in good condition, size 14 and up. (There is a small size swap on the 3rd Friday at the same location)

Do not take anything until the swap coordinator says GO

Be kind and courteous!

Do not sell the things you get at the swap.

Please bring extra bags Bring a mirror if you have one!

Please also consider volunteering! I need help bagging up left overs at the end and carrying them to my car. Or if you are willing to do the donation run, to your car.

Also we will need to sweep the room afterwards. If you are interesting in being a back up coordinator, please contact me. Thank you and happy swapping! For more info about swap contact cobbcarrie@yahoo.com