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Shareholder and Customer Forum: Volunteer Opportunities in our Community PDF Print E-mail

September 2016

Several months ago the Shareholder Forum sponsored a community dialogue about food justice.

In the discussion, people expressed interest in volunteering with local organizations that provide support for people who are finding it difficult to feed themselves and their families. This interest was echoed in our recent shareholder survey, so in this month’s column we are listing local volunteer opportunities.

Under a program called Commitment to Community, working Co-op members may earn up to two hours per year for volunteering with local agencies or non-profits. To get credit for these hours of community service, please speak with Shareholder Services. The Co-op is currently reviewing the program with an eye to potentially expanding beyond two hours per year. If you are able to do additional volunteer work, speak to someone in Shareholder Services about whether you might earn additional shareholder hours.

Food-related volunteering opportunities are many and varied.

Here’s a sampling:

  • Vermont Foodbank has a gleaning program that harvests excess produce at Harlow Farm. Time Trade members can get Time Trade hours for this service.
    Contact Genna Williams at (802) 498-8353 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Brattleboro Senior Meals needs meal drivers on Wednesdays and Fridays. Routes take 20-40 minutes depending on the destination. Meals need to be delivered between 10:45am and 12:30pm. There are also fill-in routes on other days. All drivers must have a background check. Senior Meals also needs meal packers on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:45-10:45am with fill-in positions other days. These require standing for the full time.
    Contact Chris McAvoy at (802) 257-1236 (Mon.-Fri.) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Groundworks Drop-In Center, located at 60 South Main Street, is in need of strong, dependable volunteers to support the work of their Food Shelf by unloading trucks and stocking shelves on weekdays, as well as volunteers to staff the desk and the Community Closet, which provides clothing, housewares, and linens at no charge.
    Contact Rhianna Kendrick at (802) 257-5415, ext. 2104 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Rhianna is also the contact for people who would like to provide meals at the Seasonal Overflow Shelter. 
  • Loaves & Fishes serves a hot meal to anyone in need and operates Tuesdays and Fridays. Meals are served at 11:30am in the basement of Centre Congregational Church.
    Contact either Ruth Tilghman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Bob Oeser at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Volunteers keep these essential programs running.

Though they don’t solve the underlying problems of food injustice that were raised in the community dialogue, they provide a vital service to people who count on them for food to put on the table or for a hot meal. Please consider helping if you can.