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VOLUNTEERS BUILDING THE CO-OP

The co-op would not exist as it is today without the support, commitment, and dedication of volunteers. Once the co-op opens, the intent is that it will function successfully as a business with everyone who works there as paid staff.  However, there is a lot to do before we get to that point, and we can’t get there without people willing to commit their time, and positive energy.

The organizational team is made up of eight different areas.  Within those areas, we have identified different positions that volunteers can choose to work in to use their specific skills and talents.  Please see here for descriptions of the different teams.

 

 

If you are interested in any of the positions below, reach out to us!  Email Katelyn at volunteer.frfc@gmail.com to set up a time to talk.  Also, please complete the volunteer application form so we can get information on your availability, skills, and interests.

Volunteering with the co-op can have many personal benefits.  Some of these could include:

  • Leadership experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Potential for election to board of directors
  • Opportunity to make social connections and friendships
  • Résumé building experience
  • Opportunity for letters of recommendation
  • Experience building an organization from the ground up
  • Increased knowledge of food co-ops
  • Provide a sense of purpose, or personal challenge
  • Volunteering can also provide benefits to both mental and physical health

AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER POSITIONS


OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Estimated time commitment:  20-30 hours per month depending on month, need, and tabling schedule

Preferred qualifications:  Experience leading teams, passion for the mission, positive attitude, comfortable with having a public role on the organizing team, willingness to learn more about the co-op, willingness to commit a fairly large amount of time and energy in order to develop the co-op

This position is responsible for coordinating and leading the outreach team.  Duties include: actively searching for outreach opportunities in order to grow ownership, reaching out to businesses, organizations and community members to schedule tabling sessions, coordination, set-up and staffing a table at local community events or businesses. This person would routinely represent the co-op, handing out information, signing up new owners, and selling co-op merchandise such as t-shirts, and cloth bags. Dates and times for tabling commitments will vary. This position would also work with the marketing team and others to develop and implement owner drives.  Training and mentoring would be completed in order to attain a sufficient knowledge and comfort level to fulfill the duties of this position. This person will work closely with the board, and will be expected to attend monthly board meetings that range from 1-2 hours in length. 


OUTREACH TEAM MEMBER

Estimated time commitment:  10-15 hours per month depending on month, need, and tabling schedule

Preferred qualifications:  Willingness to learn more about the mission of the food co-op

This position is responsible for set-up, coordination, and staffing a table at local community events or businesses. A person in this position would represent the co-op by answering questions, discussing details and progress of the co-op, handing out information, signing up new owners, and selling co-op merchandise such as t-shirts, and cloth bags. Dates and times for tabling commitments will vary. This position will include training and mentoring before anyone would be asked to table without a more experienced person.


EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Estimated time commitment:  15-20 hours per month, depending on month, need and schedule

Preferred qualifications: Experience coordinating educational programs, experience leading teams, willingness to learn more about the mission of the food co-op

This position is responsible for leading the educational development team.  Duties include: interviewing and scheduling potential instructors, researching and securing educational opportunities for co-op owners and community members, finding educational opportunities that fit into the mission of the co-op, attending educational events as needed to represent the co-op, working with the grant writer to discuss and secure grants for different educational activities, work with the marketing and outreach teams tin order to promote educational events, attend board meetings once per month to give a report, and coordinating meetings with others on the educational development team.


EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM MEMBER

Estimated time commitment:  10-15 hours per month, depending on month, need and schedule

Preferred qualifications:  Willingness to learn more about the mission of the food co-op

This position is responsible for participating in the educational development team.  Duties could include: working closely with others on the team, interviewing and booking potential instructors, researching and securing educational opportunities for co-op owners and community members, finding educational opportunities that fit into the mission of the co-op, attending educational events as needed, and attending meetings with others on the educational development team.


MARKETING TEAM MEMBER

Estimated time commitment:  10-20 hours per month, but would vary depending on project

Preferred qualifications:  Willingness to learn more about the food co-op mission, interest and/or previous marketing experience

This position is part of the marketing team.  Depending on interest and experience, this position could be involved with different areas of creating marketing strategies in order to strengthen the presence and mission of the co-op in the community.  This could include, graphic design, sending emails, public relations, making phone calls, writing content, social media, developing and implementing owner drives, etc.  This position would also work closely with the outreach team during owner drives.


GRANT WRITER

Estimated time commitment:  Varies depending on availability of grants and application timelines

Preferred qualifications:  Willingness to learn more about the food co-op mission and the structure and benefits of food co-ops in general, grant writing experience, experience researching grant opportunities

A person in this position would perform research and look into potential funding sources, familiarize themselves with the goals and financial needs of the co-op, and prepare and submit grant proposals. Working with the board to establish a fiscal sponsor for each grant opportunity.  Someone in this position would be asked to represent the grant writing team when needed, by attending monthly board meetings that range from 1-2 hours in length.


VIDEOGRAPHER

Estimated time commitment:  3-5 hours per month, but would vary depending on project

Preferred qualifications:  Experience creating videos for organizations or businesses, understanding the mission and vision of the co-op

The person in this position would be responsible for creating footage at events or meetings to help personalize and promote the co-op during the development stage.  The videographer will set up and operate their own equipment, shoot footage, and edit their own work.  This position would also be tasked with creating a promotional video for the co-op at some point in the future.  This position may include attending occasional board or team meetings.


PHOTOGRAPHER

Estimated time commitment:  1-5 hours per month, but would vary depending on project

Qualifications:  Experience taking photos, specifically posing, lighting, and ability to observe and take action pictures that tell a story,  own or have access to editing software

The person in this position would be responsible for taking photographs at events or meetings to help personalize and promote the co-op during the development stage.  The photographer will set up, and operate their own equipment, take photos, and edit their own work.  This position may include attending occasional board or team meetings.


We always want to hear from anyone who is interested in helping to build the food co-op. Email volunteer.frfc@gmail.com if you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone to find the right role for you.