Posts Tagged ‘volunteering’

Thanks for considering joining our volunteer team. Everyone’s efforts are appreciated. This is a grassroots effort! Literally.

Summer Festivals and Downtown Market – We seek a volunteer team to represent Co-op Market at the new Downtown Market every Monday and at the Midnight Sun Festival. Call 457-1023 or email today.

Office Shifts!

Two hour shifts in the office. Tasks include answering the phone, checking the mail, writing thank you notes, research, filing, printing, entering new memberships in the database and preparing membership packets to be mailed out.

To sign up for a weekly or biweekly office shift call 457-1023 or email Co-opMarket@ak.net.

Tasks can be tailored to match your talents and interests. Plus we have things that can easily be done from home. Research and Essay Writing are just two of those.  Contact Mary about this. Call 347-4463 or email co-opmarketoutreach@ak.net.

One committee needs a chairs or co-chair.

 Health and Wellness committee: This committee got off to a good start and is vital to our outreach and core cooperative values of education and service. We need someone to lead the charge with this committee.

To Help with Finance Committee – Call us at 457-1023

Two really cool jobs! Be our Twitter person or work with our Blog or start a food blog.


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Finance Committee

Our Finance Committee has a lot on its plate! We could use more help! We have a Member Loan Campaign team and we now we need a team to work on the rest of the financing we need to get the go ahead to start the Building Phase of our project.

If you would like to volunteer to work with this committee please call 457-1023.



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Last June we started a series of meetings of the Communications/Outreach committee. At the time we had only $6,000 in the bank and now thanks to this effort, today, we have over $90,000 in membership equity dollars.

Those meetings launched an outreach effort that included two large events, last year’s first annual Harvest Fair and the 2nd annual Dessert Auction. The challenge put forth the to the Outreach committee was to raise membership equity dollars and to raise the funds necessary to pay for the outreach promotion expenses and our monthly office expense.

In September of 2009 we qualified to receive volunteer service through the Americorp VISTA program, an office was set up and Evan Daigneault began a year of service to Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market which we also call, Co-op Market. Evan led outreach efforts with our Partners in Business program. Now over 50 businesses have joined us in these efforts and many businesses have memberships in Co-op Market.

The biggest challenge has been raising the money to fund our outreach efforts. In October we started a Breakfast to raise funds the old fashioned way. Good food. Good conversation. Sometimes good music and good folks. Four breakfasts were held over the winter and over $4000 was raised.

In November we raised another $7000 at the second annual dessert auction. You may have also seen us at outreach booths at the Winter Show, a Women’s affair, the midnight Sun Festival, Golden Days and the fair. We also had a presence at numerous other events around town. Those events paid for themselves and gave yet another opportunity to build our membership base.

We would not be at this point were it not for the help of an army of “enthusiastic volunteers”. Some people have given us the generous “in-kind” donation of their valuable time and skills that have saved us thousands of dollars.

A few deserve mention here for going above and beyond the call of duty to help with this amazing effort. Sue Sprinkle, of 5th Ave. Design, has given us an enormous gift of an amazing logo, print advertisements, a brochure and a beautiful member letter. I extend my immense gratitude for this magnificent undertaking.

In January, two new members joined our ranks ready to share their considerable talent. Johanna Carson is responsible for the beautiful breakfast flyers you will see posted at our Member Loan table and for the advertisements for today’s event.

Paul Delys created a new look for our website and continues to assist us in improving and streamlining the site. My thanks to both of them for their considerable efforts on this project.

Helen and Mike McClean and Tom and Barbara Bradley have been our breakfast team. At each breakfast they arrived promptly at 8 am and within an hour a delicious breakfast of freshly ground whole wheat pancakes, potatoes and reindeer sausage appeared. To Helen, Mike, Tom and Barb thanks for all you have done to help us come this far.

There are other people to thank for the many tasks and they include Richard Seifert and Hans Geier for their unfailing efforts with the finance committee, Evan Daigneault for his work on the Sprout Fund and Member Loan campaign materials, Shaun Lott for her continued enthusiastic efforts, not the least of was to put together the wonderful event we have enjoyed today. Cora Kelley and Morgan Macchione for their work on the second annual dessert auction and Morgan for giving us the idea of the breakfast series. Sharon Alden for leading the charge with the Health and Wellness Committee and Leila Ryterski for always being ready to jump in and do stuff. Gary Toth for once again being the “sound” man and Jose Luis Martinez for hosting this afternoon Andrew Crow of University of Alaska Anchorage deserves special thanks for finding available funds for the upcoming trip to Fairbanks of a professional grocery store planner.

Finally, I especially want to thank our chairman, Robert Leach, for his compassionate leadership, his thoughtfulness and steadfast efforts on this journey. Robert has contributed countless hours to special projects such as the two beautiful fair booths. Mostly, he has been a tireless advocate for consensus building and problem solving and has helped us to get along well with his unfailing positive attitude. Thank you Rob.

There are numerous other volunteers who help out. I can’t list them here but you will find their names posted at the door. If I left anyone out please feel free to place your name there.

Here is how you can help! Attend our fundraisers. The next one is the 3nd annual Dessert Auction that will be held on November 20, 2010 at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. Pat Fitzgerald and Robin Dale Ford will be the featured entertainment.

You can also join our efforts today by helping out with our, Each One Bring One Campaign. And we will reward you. When you bring one more person who becomes a member of Co-op Market You can activate the $7 gift certificate we passed out today. It is good anywhere you see our Co-op Market Mini Store. If all of us bring one more member we will have a community grocery store in no time.

Thank you for your time today.

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It’s a gorgeous evening and even though I’m on the computer – at least I’m doing it from outdoors!

The fair is coming fast!!

Our next outreach meeting is going to focus on the fair and we hope you can come!

It will be held on Tuesday, July 13 at 6 pm at 2371 Hawthorne Ct. Bring a dish for dinner if you can! (I firmly believe that creativity starts with a full stomach!) Come anyway if you can’t. BONUS: If it is nice we will meet outside!

The good news is we have two volunteer chairs to help us make this event go smoothly. But, we need YOUR help too! Especially, we will need the help of those who want to help Robert construct and paint our fair booth.

  1. Robert Leach has a great “barn” design that may win us the “best booth for fair theme” again this year.
  2. Morgan Macchione will chair the committee to man the booth and with the goal of getting as much mileage out of it – to sell as many fundraising items and get the most new memberships possible.

Evan Daigneault is setting up fair volunteers with the following daily shifts:

  • Noon to 4
  • 4 to 7
  • 7 to 10

Call 457-1023 to set up your shift.

Volunteering at the fair has its rewards. You WILL get a ticket for the day you volunteer. Of course, for those who have season passes we appreciate it if you use them.

To make things run as smooth and productively as possible at the fair we will also hold a short, sweet and probably even FUN (45 minute) mandatory training for volunteers on August 3 at 2371 Hawthorne Ct.  And YES, even training has its rewards! There will be an AFTER training COOK OUT as well. It will be simple, Alaska grown but potentially a little gourmet and awesome. And for this event you won’t need to bring a thing. (For those who can’t make it on August 3 another training date will be set.)

Thank you in advance and have a great weekend!

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Health and Wellness Committee Meeting
When: Thu, January 14, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: FCCM Volunteer Center

Membership Table at Gulliver’s Books
When: Sat, January 16, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Gulliver’s Books

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Booth at the fair!

It’s time for the Tanana Valley Fair! The FCCM will have a booth in the Borealis Building for the duration of the fair: Aug 7-15, 12pm-10pm. This is a great opportunity to get the word out and raise funds for the Co-op. We are still in need of people to fill a variety of shifts in our booth. If you are willing to help with the booth at any time please e-mail Shaun Lott.

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Thursday, July 9 – Board Meeting – old Foodland Building – 6 pm

Sunday, July 12Volunteer Day – Noon to 1 pm – Brunch and meet everyone – 1 to 5 pm bring your work clothes and help inventory usable equipment – We are meeting at the old Foodland building aka Alaska Marketplace on Gaffney Road just off Airport Way and Cushman Street.

Tuesday, July 14Delta Farm Tour – Leaves at 9 am from the Jarvis Office Building in Delta. Cost is $40 and that includes lunch. Go to the Alaska Farm Bureau’s website at http://akfb.fb.org

Wednesday, July 15 –

Politics of FOOD – Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility

A FREE lecture by noted author and educator

Marion Nestle, Ph.D.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
7:00 p.m., Schaible Auditorium

Marion Nestle is the author of three prize-winning books on nutrition including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002); Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book (published in 2008) is Pet Food Politics: the Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. She writes the ‘Food Matters’ column for the San Francisco Chronicle and co-writes a food and nutrition column for The Bark magazine.

She is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation, the food world’s highest honor.

For more information, please call 474-7021 or email summer@uaf.edu

Presented by Summer@UAF and the Cooperative Extension Service

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