|Shareholder and Customer Forum: Volunteer Opportunities in our Community|
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:
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.