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April 6, 2022



The volunteer-run shop needs help to help give back to families in need


West Hartford, Connecticut. The Village for Families & Children’s West Hartford Second Chance Shop is seeking volunteers to help support The Shop’s day-to-day operations, which play a significant role in improving the lives of local families in need.

Located at 175 Park Road in West Hartford, The Second Chance Shop is a thrift boutique that is run and managed entirely by dedicated volunteers. All sales from the Shop directly benefit a range of behavioral health and other services at The Village that help build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.

Over the last two years, volunteerism at The Second Chance Shop and similar nonprofits and charities has been impacted by COVID-19. As pandemic numbers ebb and restrictions lessen, The Shop hopes to bring in volunteers to commit to a few hours per month to staff the store and organize merchandise—all while giving back to the community in a very direct way.

An array of roles is available, such as assisting customers on the shop floor, organizing and pricing donations, and decorating promotional displays. Training is also available for these roles, and the hours are flexible. Volunteers can commit to as little as four hours per month.

The Village’s four Second Chance Shops—in West Hartford, Glastonbury, Simsbury and Suffield—are instrumental in providing an outlet to give new and gently-used clothing a second life and provide affordable, high-quality clothing options in the communities they serve.

For more than 50 years, proceeds from The Shops have brought in more than $6 million to support The Village’s broad range of critical services for local families, including behavioral health services, financial coaching and free tax assistance, basic needs and family strengthening services, and more.

Learn more about volunteering at the West Hartford Second Chance Shop at




Sarah Thompson, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications,

The Village for Families & Children (c) 860-751-4179,


About The Village

The Village for Families & Children was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, The Village provides a full range of behavioral health, early and childhood youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region. Learn more at