Dear KCFC Member-Owners,
In the next few days, you will receive a letter from me in the mail that I’m sure will raise a lot of questions. In that letter, I make it clear that our co-op community is facing a resource problem. That problem, simply stated, is the lack of the volunteers necessary to get the work of the co-op done. Or to put it another way, we need your commitment… we need your action… we need your help.
In the coming weeks you’ll be learning about specific ways to help, including participating in our upcoming “Co-op Community Engagement Events” on August 12th and September 15th. Also, below is a FAQ where the board has tried to anticipate some of the questions you may have (including more info on upcoming events).
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-813-1301. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
KCFC VOLUNTEER FAQ’s
Why is the co-op not open yet?
The work of opening a community owned food co-op usually takes several years. We have been connected to a community of existing and start-up food co-ops since the beginning. The timeline we’ve been following and the time it has taken us to get to where we are now is very similar to communities like ours. The biggest factor affecting the length of time it takes to get a co-op open is how much time and energy the community of member-owners are willing to put into getting the work done. The more member-owners engaged in the work… the faster it opens.
Why am I hearing about this lack of volunteer problem now?
Actually, this is not a new problem. The board has been communicating the need for volunteers and encouraging member-owners to participate on committees, events and board membership since the beginning. Sometimes it is a struggle to get enough volunteers involved. As we get closer to opening the store, the volume of work that needs to be done rises accordingly. We are making this call to all member-owners to make you aware of how important it is for you to be engaged.
What happens if not enough people step up to help?
Simple answer… the work does not get done. If the work does not get done, the store will not open. If the board determines that there is not enough help to get the work done, it will consider a proposal to “mothball” the co-op. In other words, the board will suspend operations of the co-op until such a time as we have enough member-owners willing to contribute their time and energy to the project.
How can I help?
There are a lot of ways you can help. Specifically, we need your time and energy. Your contribution could include simply committing a couple of hours a month by helping out in the office or manning a booth. You could join our Marketing and Events Committees and use your talents to help plan an event, manage our website, or help build a communication strategy that educates our community and builds our membership. Maybe you could utilize your finance and fundraising experience to help us raise the capital necessary to build our store. Do you have a leadership or business background? Join our board of directors to support and serve the member-owners of a community owned business.
To help educate and actively engage our member-owners, the board is planning two “Co-op Community Engagement Events”. At these events, we hope you will learn about the specific tasks that lie ahead and find a place where your talents can be put to use.
August 12, 2015
September 15, 2015