Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to help us out with things in the shop (such as putting away orders, cleaning and tidying, lunch preparation and service). There are also things you can do from home if that suits you better.  Opportunities exist to make a volunteer contribution as part of a team or as an individual – check out the list of volunteer job descriptions below.

For more information about volunteering at the Co-op please email: food.coop.shop@gmail.com

Other Volunteer Roles and Teams
If you’re interested in volunteering for the co-op outside of the shop, check out the teams and individual roles below.
Volunteer Teams
You don’t need to create a team, just let us know you’re interested and we will connect you with the other interested people.

Fundraising (6-10 people) – We need a team of volunteers to run seasonal fundraising projects. Events such as acoustic soup bring in much needed funds and support for the Food Co-op. We would love to host more fundraising events such as seasonal festivals, breakfast events, dinners, and movie nights.

 Marketing (~5 people) – Due to our sub-prime location the marketing team is vital to drawing new and old members alike to the organic produce and communal atmosphere of the Food Co-op. If you have marketing experience, have some marketing ideas, or just want to lend a hand we’re more than happy to have you on board. A member of the Food Co-op Management Committee sits on the marketing team and will be available to help with marketing ideas and projects. 

Art project curators (2 people) – The Food Co-op proudly displays a public mural on the main wall of the shop. We are looking for two artistically minded members to curate the public space. We hope to have a different theme each season – be it food, the environment, public awareness, social justice, or just art for the sake of art.

 PPC (4-6 people) – The Food Co-op Shop is the proud curator of a Pedal Powered Cinema! This set up enables us to screen movies without the use of fossil fuels! We need trained volunteers to set up the cinema and run these movie nights. We will hold a training session for all keen volunteers. If you would like to be trained in setting up and running the cinema, or simply lend a hand when we have movie nights, please let us know.

 Website (4 people) – Our website is in need of updating and maintenance. If you are an experienced web designer or have any fresh ideas please get on board!

 Events and stalls (10 people) – The Food Co-op would like to have a presence at all sustainability, environmental, and food fairs in the ACT region.

 Acoustic Soup(20 people) – Acoustic Soup is our monthly food and music extravaganza. We are always in need of help, whether it be with cooking, set-up, service or cleaning.

 Induction team(4 people) – We’re looking for experienced Co-opers who would feel comfortable running induction sessions for our new members. Induction sessions would involve a tour of the Co-op plus an explanation of how we operate, and how to use the shop.

 Social media team(4 people) – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder; a social media presence helps the Co-op survive. We’re looking for members who are keen to regularly and responsibly promote all the good things that are happening at the Co-op.

 Furniture building – Are you a keen woodworker? We have a steady flow of wooded pallets coming through the shop. If you are interested in turning these into furniture and garden beds this is the team for you.

 The ‘Bring down the Australian supermarket duopoly team’ (2 people) – Here at the Food Co-op we endeavour to provide an alternative to the evil, bullshit, profit at all costs corporate food duopoly which is taking over Australia. To continue to do this we need people to realize why alternatives to the duopoly are so important. We need people to realize that the Food Co-op Shop is trying to prevent the rural strangle hold, that we don’t dictate low prices to farmers, that we don’t use volume purchasing strategies to drive profits at the expense of farmers.

At the same time we want people to recognize the social, environmental, and personal benefits of organic food. We have to highlight why our organic produce is more expensive than drugged-up, gassed, chemical filled food. We also have to highlight that we are not driven by profit. Heck, our food might even have the occasional bug on it because it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals designed to shut down nervous systems. We think this is a good thing. Get on board!

 

Individual Volunteer Roles

Baking – If you love baking or making raw desserts this job is for you. We’re looking for some ace bakers to prepare some baked and raw snacks for us to sell at the café. You’ll get use of our kitchen and the choice of our whole range of products.

 Legal – If you have legal experience we occasionally need some sound legal advice. If you feel as though you can provide this advice please let us know.

Invoices – They keep piling up! If you spend an hour entering invoices we’ll hit you up with a discount!

 Accounting advice – We rely on volunteers for most accounting matters. If you are in any way qualified in accounting, particularly in the areas of auditing, tax, tracking, and you are willing to offer your help we will happily take it.

 Flyer drops – As part of our marketing campaign we want to distribute Food Co-op flyers throughout the inner north. We’ve got the distribution maps and flyers ready to go, we just need some willing legs, or wheels, to get them out there.

 Librarian – The Food Co-op is the proud host of a people’s library. All of our books are free for anyone to take, but once you are done please return them so that other people may also enjoy. If you have any books to donate to the library please bring them along to the shop! The library is in need of a librarian to label new books and to categorise the books on our shelves.

 Delivery help – The Monday delivery team could always use a hand with invoice pricing, labelling, and getting produce out on the floor.

 Lunch help– The Food Co-op runs a lunch from Monday to Friday. There are three main categories by which you can help out with our lunches: cooking/preparation, service, and clean up. If you wish to join

Café assistant- There is always something to do in the café and our barista Luke would love your assistance with all things café, from serving coffee to baking cakes.

 Kitchen Clean– The kitchen is cleaned daily but we could always use a hand with this as well as sorting and reorganizing various bits of equipment.

 Tip Trip– As hard as we try not to we still manage to accumulate stuff that we have no use or storage space for. Every couple of months we require a trip to the tip to discard and recycle some accumulated things. If you have a ute and are willing please let us know.

 Handyperson– A handy person is often required for little odd jobs around the co-op – from fixing leeks to drilling holes. If you think you can help out please let us know.

 Building pallet garden– The Food Co-op steadily accumulates wooden pallets. We’re looking to put these to good use by building a pallet garden; then when this is completed we’ll continue to build raised garden beds which we can donate to local gardens or put up for sale in the shop.

 Dock clean– The dock is where most of our deliveries are unpacked and where a lot of our equipment is stored. It is quite a small space for the amount we try to do in there and it can often get crowded with cardboard boxes and miscellaneous items.

 Liaison (DEEWA, Unilodge)– We are looking for people who work in offices on and around Marcus Clarke Street as well as people who live in Uni Lodge to be a liaison officer for the Food Co-op.

 POS software – Here at the Food Co-op we have implemented our own Point Of Sale (POS) software. The system is in need of maintenance from time to time so we are looking for some computer savvy volunteers to help out our current POS/ software team.

 Product research – We have some wonderful products here at the Food Co-op. Unfortunately our customers do not always know of the nutritional benefits of these items, or how best to use them. We are starting up a product research team to provide shoppers with general information and recipes for all of our products.

 Acoustic soup – Acoustic Soup is our monthly organic food and local music extravaganza. It is a truly wonderful event run by an amazing team who are always keen for help from volunteers. Come on down to help out with food prep, cooking, set-up, service, and clean up. Be sure to stick around for the music and the good times!

 Grant writing – We are hoping to apply for as many grants as possible to help maintain the shop and get some projects off the ground. If you are experienced and or confident in grant writing we could really use your help!

 ANUSA club – We are starting up an ANUSA affiliated club that is focused on getting students interested in fresh, local, and nutritional food. If you’re a student at ANU and this takes your interest.

 Farmer connections – We are on the way to becoming a local food hub for Canberra but we still have many connections left to make. If you would like to promote the Co-op to local producers or if you have connections of your own then please get in touch.

 MC – The Management Committee (MC) acts at the board of the Food Co-op; they meet once a fortnight to discuss all things Co-op. To be eligible to apply for the MC you must be a standing member for the previous six months.  More information below.

 Member engagement officer – Making new members feel welcome and comfortable at the Food Co-op is what we’re all about. If you’re an experienced member and would feel comfortable being the point of contact for members to talk about ideas and concerns we’d love to hear from you!

 Office deliveries- We are about to start up a fruit and veg box delivery service to offices around our precinct. If you’d like to run around town for an hour delivering fresh produce to hungry office workers.

 Veg boxes- We need an enthusiastic vegie boxer to pack a fresh, seasonal, and colourful vegie box. By the time you’re done it’ll make the horn of Cornucopia look lame in comparison!

 RAP– We are excited about introducing a Food Co-op specific Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We would like to involve people who are passionate about seeing this implemented. If this is you please join our group!

 Coordinator manual – This role is for experienced coordinators only. We have put an openly editable version of our out-dated coordinator manual up online. It is in need of quite a bit of work to bring it up to date with our new POS and the recent changes within store

 Supplying local stores/ cafes- We want to reach out to local stores and café

 Exhibitions– We want to utilize our space as much as possible. Part of this includes holding art exhibitions without the usual exorbitant charges. If you are experienced in curating or know a few contacts on the Canberra art scene this vollie job could be for you!

 Printing– With so much to printing to do we’re keen to get our hands on some guerrilla printing. If you can help us out please let us know.

 Event person – We are in need of some experienced Co-opers who would be comfortable being the face of the Co-op at festivals and events around Canberra. We intermittently have a stall at events such as Art not Apart, Harvest Festival, ANU O-week, and Living Green Festival, amongst others. If you’d like to represent and promote the co-op at events such as these please let us know.

 Donations – Don’t have time to volunteer but still want to contribute to the Food Co-op? If you have any donations that you think might help us out please let us know.

 

The Management Collective (MC)

The MC of The Food Co-op Shop provides governance, strategic planning and financial oversight for the Co-op. It consists of Co-op members who have a diverse range of skills and backgrounds. MC members are elected to best represent the interests of the broader Co-op membership.

The MC employs the Shop Managers to co-ordinate the daily business operations of The Food Co-op Shop.

The MC meets monthly and members are welcome to join these meetings to participate in discussion and raise matters for consideration by the MC. If you have questions for the MC or you would like to add items to the agenda, please email a manager at: food.coop.shop@gmail.com

 

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