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

Queer Between the Covers: The Co-op Bookstore will be setting up a table of books to sell at this years’ edition of Queer Between the Covers Bookfair, which will take place on Saturday August 19th, 2017.

Transportation – Getting us there and back again: We’d love it if you’d help us get there. Basically, we need a ride from the store (downtown) to the bookfair (gay village) on Saturday morning (around 9am?) and a ride back to the store at the end of the day (around 7pm?).

  • Skills: Access to a vehicle and a drivers license a must (of course). Ability to help with the heavy lifting, an asset.
  • Commitment: Low – This is a one-off event, and we would only need you help / availability for about 30minutes to 1hour.
  • Date: Saturday August 19th, 2017 – between 8:30am and 9:30am (max. 1hour)
    between 7:00pm and 8:00pm (-ish, and max. 1hour)

Set Up / Take Down – Heavy Lifting: We can always use a lil help loading and unloading the boxes of books, as well as setting up our table!

  • Skills: Ability to help with the heavy lifting, a must.
  • Commitment: Low – This is a one-off event, and we would only need you help / availability for about 30minutes to 1hour.
  • Date: Saturday August 19th, 2017 – between 9:00am and 10:00am (max. 1hour)
    between 6:00pm and 7:00pm (-ish, and max. 1hour)

Tons more events to come as Fall approaches. Stay tuned!

Store Based Volunteer Opportunities

Help us do some belated Spring-Cleaning!
If you enjoy tidying, cleaning, and making things look nice, especially when they relate to books, you will enjoy helping us tackle our to-do list filled with zen-like tasks, such as wiping down books, making sure all the zines have price tags, organizing the buttons by colour, filing things alphabetically, washing windows, etc etc etc. We do most of these things once a year, and now’s your chance to join in the fun! (That is, if you’re into this sort of thing).

  • Skills: Enjoying cleaning-type activities, and the pride that comes with seeing how everything comes together, bit by bit.
  • Commitment: Low – We ask that people volunteering for this commit to at least one shift, of between 3-4hrs, if possible. Just so you can see the task you take on through :)
  • Dates: Anytime Monday to Thursday, 11am to 6pm, as per your availability.

Special Used Book Sales Table: We’re thinking of branching out this coming July / August, and setting up some Cheap Used Books Sales tables, just outside the store, during store hours. This would wholly depend on when interested volunteers would be available, during our summer operating hours (11am – 6pm) Monday – Thursday.

  • 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 two (2) 4-hour shifts during the months of July and/or August, specifically for this task, as per your availability.
  • Dates: Monday – Thursday, 11am to 6pm, throughout July and August

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 us! We can talk it over and work something out.
    • Dates: Monday to Thursday, 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: Once we start taking books on Consignment for the Fall 2017 Semester, come mid-August, we will definitely need with processing the hundreds of used books students will be bringing in.

  • 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 Fall semester, as per your availability.

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

Check back, as more projects arise!