Volunteering

We are always excited about having new people come and join us. This section gives you some information about how you can get involved in the project.


Collective Members

Most members of the collective work a 3-hour shift once a week, others take on some task (such as bookkeeping, book ordering, events coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and more), and some members do both. Most of our decisions regarding the store are made at our steering committee meetings, which happen twice a month. You can read more in our section on the collective.


Training

The following is an overview of the training process, if you wish to become involved.

Training consists of four 3-hour shifts with a designated trainer. Shifts run from 12-3, 3-6, and 6-9 on weekdays, and from 1-4 and 4-7 on weekends. During these trainings, the collective member will acquaint you with the store, our politics and our policies, as well as teach you how to work the register, take sales, and other store tasks. We recommend, but do not require, that you train during both an opening and closing shift so that you are at least familiar with opening the store for business, and counting down the register and locking up at night.

At some point in the process, we ask that you send an introductory message to a collective member to forward to our listserv. This is a way to present yourself to collective members who do not get a chance to meet you during your training shifts. Likewise, it is recommended that you train with as many different collective members as you can, so that you become well known to us. Both of these things help us in making a decision to vote you in.

Finally, we also require that trainees attend at least one steering committee meeting.

We would really like to hear from you, so please get in touch if you are interested in joining. If you are interested, call the bookstore and tell us that you would like to set up your first training shift. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us.