Volunteer Opportunities with Chicago Market - A Community Co-op


Chicago Market is a work in progress and there's still a long way to go - and we need your help!  When we get closer to opening the store, we will hire a General Manager who will staff the store. But the rest of the work of getting more Owners, building our community and letting the world know about Chicago Market is all being done by our wonderful volunteers.

  • Whether you are an Owner or not, you can contribute by volunteering at events, doing small tasks online, joining one of our teams, leading a team or taking on a longer-term responsibility for helping cover social media, keeping the site clean or other activities. Our volunteer needs cover a mix of in-person or at-home projects, strategy work, and more!

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  • We are currently recruiting for the following positions: 


  • NEW! QuickBooks Jockey
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing
  • Time Required: 2-4 hours per week
  • What’s the job:
  •   Work with Treasurer and CPA volunteer to perform updates to existing QuickBooks accounts and transactions to execute clean-up of QuickBooks under guidance. Several volunteers can share this work.
  •   Process and classify transactions as part of ongoing finance operations
  • Special Skills Required:
  •   QuickBooks Online 
  •   Accrual accounting (preferred)
  •   Chart of accounts (preferred)
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  • Capital Campaign Communications and Content Creator Volunteers
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing
  • Time required: 2-4 hours per week; weekly meeting Thursday at 8pm
  • What’s the job: Facilitate and lead the Capital Campaign Team's marketing strategy and implementation. This will include emails, social media, graphics, and other materials required within the span of the capital campaign. The volunteer will work closely with the head of marketing (Grant) to make sure that materials fit with the market's style guide and schedule. The volunteer will work with the Capital Campaign team, attend meetings, and help the team in thinking through marketing aspects of each project/campaign.
  • Specific skills required:
  •   Writing
  •   Marketing, communications
  •   Email campaigns
  •   Social media
  •   Graphic design, a plus
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  • Cultivator Volunteer Lead - We're seeking an enthusiastic, organized leader to head-up our outreach team of Co-op Cultivators. 
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing
  • Time required: 
  • What’s the job: The team is tasked with connecting and meeting with all new and recent Owners to engage them in the work of Chicago Market. With support from the Board Liaison and other relevant teams, the Cultivator Volunteer Lead will set outreach strategy and targets, track and disseminate outreach data, and train and mentor new volunteers as Co-op Cultivators.
  • Specific skills required:
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  • Co-op Cultivators - We're seeking social, excited volunteers to join our outreach team of Co-op Cultivators.
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing
  • Time required:
  • What’s the job: With support from the Cultivator Volunteer Lead, Co-op Cultivators will reach out to and build relationships with Owner contacts, hold outreach calls/conversations with these contacts to explore personalized opportunities to engage with Chicago Market, and support the broader team through contact tracking and knowledge sharing.
  • Specific skills required:
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  • SHOP Team - In-Person Pickup Volunteers
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing, once a month
  • Time required: 3rd Sunday of the month, 11am - 3pm
    The SHOP Team is looking for ongoing help with in-person pickups, scheduled every third Sunday from 11am to 3pm. We need 1-2 volunteers every month to be in the space when purchases are being picked up.  We have a large, easily socially distanced space and require masks. You would be responsible for organizing the inventory, checking off pickups as they arrive and being an ambassador for Chicago Market. All items are pre-ordered and pre-paid, so no cash management needed.
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    SHOP Team - Inventory Pickup
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing, once a month
  • Time required: About 4 hours a month
    Our SHOP Team is currently making a monthly trip to Pecatonica to pick up inventory from our farmers for the pre-order sales. We are looking for someone willing to drive to Pecatonica (near Rockford, 127 miles from Chicago Market to Hazzard Free Farm). We make this pickup to avoid shipping costs and keep costs low for our farmers and our shoppers. Trip would include pickup of inventory at the farm and drop off at Chicago Market (Broadway and Wilson). Cost of gas would be reimbursed. Date is usually the 3rd Saturday of each month (time of day is flexible). 
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  • Marketing (co-) Manager
    One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing Role
  • What skills are needed:
  •   Ability to work collaboratively while taking charge and getting things done.
  •   Knowledge of online marketing tactics (email, social). 
  •   Flexible, creative, able to make impact with small budgets. 
    Time required: 5+ hours per week, regular bi-monthly meetings
    What's the job: We're seeking one or two experienced marketing pros to join our volunteer Marketing team and help develop and execute a long-term, comprehensive marketing plan. Help us build a strategic plan to reach audiences with compelling messaging and drive new Owner growth and fundraising for your Co-op. This is strategic planning work first, followed by oversight and project management to see the plans executed against Owner growth and fundraising targets. 

    The Marketing team is a top-level strategy team developing marketing plans and campaigns that support Owner growth, fundraising and general awareness of Chicago Market. It has execution support (social media, design, email marketing, events, etc.) from other teams. 

    We meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7-8pm and work collaboratively online via Basecamp. 
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  • If you'd like to get involved but you're not sure where to start, let us know.


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