rebecca-169x170Just Zilch Founder & General Manager, Rebecca Culver
Rebecca grew up in Upper Hutt and moved to Palmerston North to complete a Bachelor of Communications at Massey University. After a year in the students association, MUSA, Rebecca moved to Wellington to work as a Learning and Development Consultant. After being made redundant Rebecca tried teacher’s college and when that didn’t work out she moved back to Palmerston North. Rebecca volunteered for a couple of organisations while looking for employment and it was during this time that the idea for Just Zilch came up. After nine months of planning with a small team Rebecca found herself to be the founder of this now successful organisation.

NolanJust Zilch Acting Chair, Nolan King is a Financial Controller by profession and brings his experience in finance and governance to Just Zilch. He also volunteers in a range of community organisations and has been a Board Member with Just Zilch since 2013. Nolan grew up in the Manawatu and attended Massey University to complete his undergraduate degree in Business Studies. He believes that it is important to contribute and give back to the wider Manawatu community.

BenJust Zilch Store Manager, Ben Sutherland
In 2014, I met Rebecca and was invited to volunteer at Just Zilch – something I wasn’t so keen on initially. I eventually attended an induction and immediately, after working my first shift, fell in love with the energy of the store and the interactions I had with the people using its service. Six months into volunteering, I was offered the opportunity to become the Just Zilch Store Manager. A role I would eventually be employed for.
 
Working for Just Zilch has been a life-giving experience for me. Up until then, I suppose, I never did much for anyone other than myself. Just Zilch has taught me the value of helping those around me and has brought me completely out of my shell.
 
Ben says before Just Zilch he had a meandering effort with study (music – filmmaking) and eight combined years unemployed. He found work down in Welly washing dishes in a restaurant between 08/09, but apart from this there wasn’t much that he was interested in pursuing. Over these eight years, Ben fell into a bit of a mental ditch where he wrestled with depression and anxiety. Since volunteering at Just Zilch, Ben says that his outlook on life has changed dramatically and he would recommend volunteering to anyone who is feeling a little unsure about their own future.