The Co-op Bookstore couldn’t do what it does (aka, be awesome), without the help of volunteers. Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers; some of our current staff were once volunteers; and the reason we can do so much within the community is because of the help of volunteers.

Whether you find yourself with a bit of extra time this semester, and are looking for something to do between classes; you’d like to offer up your mad skills in marketing; or, maybe you have access to a vehicle and a drivers’ license and want to be on call for donation pick-ups and event transportation. We could probably use any amount of help in whatever you’re interested in.

Becoming a Co-op Bookstore Volunteer

There’s a bunch of ways to stay in touch in regards to being a volunteer.

Email Us and Set up a Meet & Greet!
If you’d like to meet with Larissa, or one of our staff, to discuss particular volunteer opportunities, send an email introducing yourself and include your availabilities for an initial meet & greet to discuss how the Co-op can best utilize your individual skills and interests.

Volunteer Application Form!
Want to be added to our Volunteer Mailing* list? Fill in our Volunteer Application Form, telling us more about yourself and your availabilities, as well as what kind of volunteering you’d be interested in.
(*Don’t fret! Emails are only sent out once every month, at the most, and you can request to be removed at any time).

Check back here, for updated Volunteer Opportunities!
Below, you will find a list of Event or Task specific volunteer opportunities. Send us an email if you’d like to volunteer for one (or more!) of these, and feel free to pop by the store and discuss particular projects you’d be interested in.

Event Based Volunteer Opportunities

Cinema Politica Screenings: The Co-op Bookstore will be setting up a table of books to sell at Cinema Politica screenings, which are on Monday nights, throughout the semester.

  • Skills: Ability to interact with the general public in French and English. Comfortable processing sales and handling money. Punctuality, ability to work alone and reliability are assets.
  • Commitment: Low to High? – This can be a one-off event, and would only be for a 3hr shift; however, in an ideal world, we would have the same 1-2 volunteers sharing this task throughout the semester. (It’s also a good way to meet people, and even get some reading done!) You don’t need to commit to every screening, but committing to a minimum of three (3) would be amazing.
  • Dates / Times: 5:45pm – 9pm
    February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

    March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    April 3rd, 10th

Surveillance, Race, and Racial Profiling – Guest Speaker Simone Browne: The Co-op Bookstore will be setting up a sales table at this on-campus lecture.

  • Skills: Ability to interact with the general public in French and English. Comfortable processing sales and handling money. Punctuality, ability to work alone and reliability are assets.
  • Commitment: Low – This is a one-off event, and would only be for a 2-3hr shift
  • Date: Friday February 2nd – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Book Launch: Nora Gold’s The Dead Man The Co-op Bookstore will be setting up a sales table at this on-campus book launch.

    • Skills: Ability to interact with the general public in French and English. Comfortable processing sales and handling money. Punctuality, ability to work alone and reliability are assets.
    • Commitment: Low – This is a one-off event, and would only be for a 3-4hr shift.
    • Date: Wednesday February 15th – 6:15pm to 9:30pm

Store Based Volunteer Opportunities

General Store Shift-Work
We can always use some extra generalized help around the store. This involves random things like tidying up, alphabetizing books, some data entry, etc.

    • Skills: Ability to interact with the general public in French and English. Punctuality, ability to work alone and reliability are assets.
    • Commitment: High – We ask that people volunteering for this commit to at least one (1) 4-hour shift a week, between the hours of 10am and 6pm. If this is not possible for you, but you’d still be interested in volunteering for this type of work with a commit that better suits your availability – email me! We can talk it over and work something out.
    • Dates: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm; as per your availability.
      • Please take the time to fill this Doodle Poll indicating when you are available and/or your preferred time and day for an in-store shift.

Data Entry – Used Book Cataloging: We currently have a huge backlog of used books that need to be priced and cataloged. This means A LOT of data entry – Fun!

  • Skills: Attention to detail and ability to focus on a repetitive task for a length of time; and loving it! Data Entry can be a very Zen activity, I swear!
  • Commitment: Medium – We ask that people volunteering for this commit to at least four (4) shifts of 3-4hrs over the course of a semester.
  • Dates: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, throughout the semester, as per your availability.

Special Used Book Sales Table: We’re thinking of branching out this coming Spring, and hosting some Cheap Used Books Sales tables, just out side the store, during store hours. This would wholly depend on when interested volunteers would be available, during our regular operating hours (10am – 6pm) Monday – Friday.

  • Skills: Ability to interact with the general public in French (an asset) and English. Punctuality, ability to work alone and reliability are assets.
  • Commitment: Medium – We’d ask that people volunteering for this to commit to at least one (2) 4-hour shifts during the month of September, specifically for this task, as per your availability.
  • Dates: Monday – Friday, 10am to 6pm, throughout Spring 2017

Project Based Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors – Members to be Appointed

We’d like to make some key documents and information found on our website available in French. If you’ve got skills, and some time, we’ve got some translating to do!

  • Skills: Whatever skills you bring to the table are an asset. An interest in governance, store operations, finance, marketing, human resources, etc, etc, are all useful.
  • Commitment: High – The Board meets a minimum of once a month, for meetings that typically take place on a weekday evening and last 2hrs. Beyond the monthly meetings, Board members must read documents to be prepared for meetings; members can sit on one of the three standing committees (Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee, or Marketing & Outreach Committee), are invited to join Hiring Committees as they arise, as well as take on specific tasks, depending on their elected roles (minute taking, for example).
  • Date: N/A
  • If you’re interested, and would like to know more, or speak to a current Board member, email board.coopbookstore@gmail.com Our next meeting is set for Tuesday February 21st, at 6:30pm

Check back, as more projects arise!