Through its support of the local Op Shop Pantry, Rotary Flemington Kensington has extended its community partnership with JobFind which provides the Op Shop with volunteers who, over the past 12 months, have had an opportunity to learn on-the-job experience in retail and community.  Whilst working in the Op Shop volunteers identified a need for toiletries to supplement the food items available through the food pantry.  A commitment to a toiletry drive through all JobFind Centres has been an outstanding success. 
Melina Caccetta, Manager of the Op Shop operated by Flemington Kensington Rotary, has developed a strong relationship with the Flemington JobFind Centre. Through the Op Shop, JobFind has used the operation as a venue for prospective workers to gain retail and customer service experience in a friendly and supportive environment.  This year, the shop has hosted ten workers for periods from 4 to 10 weeks.  Melina along with her regular and experienced volunteers are training the workers in all aspects, from sorting and pricing donations, stock rotation, display material, presentation and sales. 
The workers agreed that the food pantry was an excellent and positive support mechanism for the disadvantaged in the community, especially in these difficult economic times following COVID.  They also identified that toiletries and sanitary products were another area of need and encouraged Melina to seek the assistance of JobFind.  After, consultation, Teresa Tran, Manager of the Flemington JobFind centre agreed, and has put out a Call to Action for these items with very positive results.
The initiative builds on an established relationship in the community, extends the pantry offerings at the Op Shop and provides even greater help for the local community.