First Savers Partners with Hope Services and Epilepsy Foundation of America to Benefit Community
by Savers Staff Writer
March 19, 2014 • 689 views
Savers, the national thrift chain with nearly 330 locations across North America, is celebrating the opening of its sixth store in Southern California and a continued partnership with Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation of America. The celebration of the Arcadia area location will kick off on Thursday, March 6 with an 8:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Savers management, Arcadia Mayor Mickey Segal and representatives from Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation, and continue through Saturday, March 8. Grand opening festivities of this new thrift store will include the chance for attendees to win one of five $100 Savers gift certificates.
Savers was founded on the core principle of supporting local communities – and has embraced that value by partnering with local nonprofits since 1954. The Arcadia store’s partnership with Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation means Savers pays these organizations for every donated item, whether it makes it to the sales floor or not. When members of the Arcadia community donate, they are not only giving their goods a second life, they are also turning their otherwise unused goods into sustainable revenue for Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation. The revenue received is crucial in supporting Hope Services’ philosophy that all people with developmental disabilities should be able to live and participate fully in their communities through programs like job training, job placement and independent living services. With this revenue stream, Hope Services is able to, among other things, ensure that more than 3,700 individuals throughout California with developmental disabilities are supported to achieve their personal goals. For the Epilepsy Foundation, its partnership with Savers allows the organization to pursue its mission to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.
“We’ve partnered with Savers since 1970 and we’re pleased to expand our relationship with the new Arcadia opening,” said Hope Services’ Director of Business Services, Ken Toren. “The money we receive has been important in supporting our mission for decades and has allowed us to expand services into Southern California. Your gifts of gently used items are employing more people with disabilities in the greater Los Angeles region.”
Not only does Savers offer an easy way for customers to help the local community, but the store makes it easy to shop for quality goods, too. With wide aisles and clean and tidy racks with merchandise organized by department, style and size, Savers is no ordinary thrift store – it’s a place where people from all backgrounds can enjoy a unique selection, good deals and fun treasures in a department store-like atmosphere. The store carries more than 100,000 unique items on the sales floor at any time and stocks up to 10,000 gently used items every day, ensuring customers continuously find a refreshed assortment of quality, value goods.
“We’re very excited to open our first store in Arcadia,” said Don Cruz, the new store manager. “The support we’re able to provide the local community makes us proud, and we can’t wait to welcome both new and familiar customers and introduce them to all our great deals offered throughout the store.”
While the new Arcadia store offers strong support for the local community, the network of Savers stores across North America encourages a more sustainable environment overall. By coupling the sale of gently used, quality items with the responsible recycling of items that cannot be sold, Savers, its customers, and its nonprofit partners keep more than 600 million pounds of reusable goods from ending up in landfills. Throughout the years, Savers has continued to inspire local communities to reduce their waste by reusing and recycling unneeded items, and has showcased that shopping thrift truly is one of the easiest ways to “go green.”
The Arcadia store and Community Donation Center, located at 16 East Live Oak Avenue, will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, customers may contact the store directly at 626.461.0140 or visit www.savers.com.