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Volunteer Opportunities with Chicago Market - A Community Co-op

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Creating a co-op takes energy, commitment and creativity. From our elected Board of Directors to dozens and dozens of like-minded supporters, Chicago Market's volunteers are working hard to make our vision and our store a reality.

 

We've got volunteer needs from ongoing teams to ad-hoc events; in-person or at-home projects; strategy work or just hittin' the streets. Take a look and sign up here - or let us know if you'd like to get involved but you're not sure where to start.

 

We know that people have lots going on in their lives and the amount of time different people can contribute will vary. We want to make sure we match people up with roles that make sense for their skills, time and will be fun. When you click on one of the email links on this page, your email will go to our Volunteer Coordinator, Lee Herman. He'll email you back to set up a time for a personal appointment to talk about what you'd like to do as a volunteer and then connect you with the person leading the team or activity you are interested in.

 

 

MARKETING: ongoing role
Support Chicago Market marketing campaigns in support of the Owner Growth Campaign (the Grow in "Grow, Fund, Build.") Work as part of the MORE (Marketing, Owner Recruitment, and Engagement) team helping shape the Chicago Market marketing messages. Marketing experience required.

Click HERE to email us for more information and tell us about your interest and marketing experience. 
SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR - FACEBOOK: ongoing role 
Chicago Market Social Media Ambassadors have a passion for connecting with current and future co-op Owners on social media. Through regular postings and engagement on a daily basis with people who respond or connect on social media, Social Media Ambassadors help move people from awareness of Chicago Market to becoming Owners. The person for this role is active on Facebook and experienced with managing Facebook Pages and Paid Ads and will work as part of the MORE (Marketing, Owner Recruitment, and Engagement) team. Follow us: chicagocooperative
Click HERE to email us for more information and tell us about your interest in this role. Please include links to Facebook Page(s) you manage.
SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR - TWITTER: ongoing role 
Chicago Market Social Media Ambassadors have a passion for connecting with current and future co-op Owners on social media. Through regular postings and engagement on a daily basis with people who respond or connect on social media, Social Media Ambassadors help move people from awareness of Chicago Market to becoming Owners. The person for this role is active on Twitter and will work as part of the MORE (Marketing, Owner Recruitment, and Engagement) team. Follow us: @ChicagoMkt
Click HERE to email us for more information and tell us about your interest in this role. Please include your twitter handle.
SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR - INSTAGRAM: ongoing role 
Chicago Market Social Media Ambassadors have a passion for connecting with current and future co-op Owners on social media. Through regular postings and engagement on a daily basis with people who respond or connect on social media, Social Media Ambassadors help move people from awareness of Chicago Market to becoming Owners. The person for this role is active on Instagram, takes lots of pictures, can curate pictures taken by other team members and will work as part of the MORE (Marketing, Owner Recruitment, and Engagement) team. Follow us: @ChicagoMkt
Click HERE to email us for more information and tell us about your interest in this role. Please include links to Instagram account(s) you curate.
SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR - LINKEDIN: ongoing role 
Chicago Market Social Media Ambassadors have a passion for connecting with current and future co-op Owners on social media. Through regular postings and engagement on a daily basis with people who respond or connect on social media, Social Media Ambassadors help move people from awareness of Chicago Market to becoming Owners. The person for this role is active on Twitter and will work as part of the MORE (Marketing, Owner Recruitment, and Engagement) team. Follow us: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chicago-cooperative/
Click HERE to email us for more information and tell us about your interest in this role. Please include your twitter handle.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: ongoing role 
Chicago Market depends on volunteer efforts from many dedicated supporters and owners. The Volunteer Coordinator leads a team of volunteers responsible for recruiting, onboarding, training, and assigning volunteers to ongoing and single teams, projects and tasks. The Volunteer Coordinator works with a member of the Chicago Market Board as a liaison.
The ideal person for this position will be an enthusiastic Chicago Market supporter who likes interacting with people, can recruit others to volunteer, and enjoys listening to and getting to know people so they can be matched to work that needs to be done and is interesting to them. Training in the Volunteer Coordination processes will be provided. If this sounds like your kind of thing and you are new to team leadership roles, the Board liaison will provide mentoring and support in how to lead a team. 
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest. 
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER: ongoing role 
The Social Media Manager is a highly motivated, dedicated, creative individual with communications/social experience and a passion for connecting with current and future co-op Owners. That passion comes through as he/she engages with our community on a daily basis, with the ultimate goal of nurturing followers into Owners. The Social Media Manager will lead a team of Social Media Ambassors.
The Social Media Manager will administer Chicago Market’s social media presence, including (but not limited to):
  • Strategic communication planning and goal setting
  • Continue building organizational awareness and online reputation
  • Cultivation of online/social ideas to drive our Ownership base and grow our audience size 
  • Responding to (or directing) online inquiries from Owners, prospective Owners and the community at large 
  • Compelling content development and execution
Organizational participation and leadership and participation (primarily online but some offline) is integral to a Social Media Manager’s success. He/She will be part of the MORE (Marketing, Owner Recruitment/Engagement and Events) team, working with communications team leads (also volunteers). The team meets monthly in-person, regularly via conf call and daily via online project management tool Basecamp.
Content management duties include:
  • Creation and publishing of relevant, original, high-quality content
  • Implement a content editorial calendar to manage content and plan specific, relevant messaging themes.
  • Amplifying ongoing events and initiatives through social (ie Facebook events, posting strategy, cross-tagging partners, stimulating audience awareness and engagement)  
  • Communicating the co-op in a positive, authentic way - improving communicating progress and projects with our wider community  
Ideally, the volunteer for this position is: 
  • Familiar with evolving best-practices across social platforms (primarily Facebook, Instagram, Twitter but also LinkedIn, YouTube)  
  • Design-savvy with the ability to create visual posts leveraging design assets, and/or video tools (ie Instagram stories, short video editing)  
  • (Preferred, but not required) Knowledgeable about paid Facebook/Instagram strategies including audience targeting through custom and lookalike audiences, as well as how best to leverage various Facebook paid objectives   
Other roles that this position will partner with: 
  • MORE team (Marketing, Owner Recruitment, and Engagement)
  • Newsletter & Blog Editor
  • Owners and/or members of other teams including the Board for content interviews or insights
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
BLOG EDITOR: ongoing role 
The Blog Editor is responsible for the content, preparation, and posting to Chicago Market's blog.  
Duties include developing and soliciting items for posting and editing contributions.  He/she will manage volunteer freelance writers for assignments, deadlines, and editing and will work closely with the MORE (Marketing/Owner Recruitment & Engagement/Events) Team Newsletter Editor, MORE Social Media Manager, and MORE Communications Lead to coordinate content across platforms.
Ideally, this person is a rockstar project manager, is creative, and is willing to help produce (film/edit or ideate) dynamic content such as video for multiple content platforms.
Organizational participation and leadership (primarily online but some offline) are integral to the Newsletter & Blog Editor’s success. He/She will be part of the MORE (Marketing, Owner Recruitment/Engagement, and Events) team working with other MORE Communications Team members to ensure a cohesive and scaled communications strategy. This position will also work closely with our talented volunteer graphic designers and freelance writers.  The MORE team meets monthly in-person, regularly via conf call and daily via online project management tool Basecamp.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
EVENT PLANNING LEADS: ongoing or single projects
Lead event planning and execution for Owner Growth social events designed to raise awareness, consideration of and buying in as an Owner. These roles will be key to the Owner Growth Campaign (the Grow in "Grow, Fund, Build.") strategy our MORE (Marketing/Owner Recruiting/Engagement/Events) team by coordinating logistics for meetings and events. Recent examples: dinner @ Kal'ish restaurant, film screening @ REI, Lena Rose Salon beauty night, monthly Owner Meet-Ups at local bars & coffee joints.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
HOUSE PARTY LEAD: ongoing
Recruit, Coordinate, and Support Chicago Market Owners in holding house parties to encourage their friends to become Owners. This role will be key to the Owner Growth Campaign (the Grow in "Grow, Fund, Build.") and will be part of the MORE (Marketing/Owner Recruiting/Engagement/Events) team. Experience with party and event planning and working with volunteers is helpful.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
OUTREACH & PROMOTION PLANNING: ongoing or single projects
Someone with existing connections (or willing to persistently reach out and build them) to community organizations, e.g. local businesses, non-profits, schools, block clubs, neighborhood sports teams or clubs.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
GRAPHIC DESIGN: ongoing or single projects
Help create signs, flyers, marketing materials; digital graphics for emails, website and social media. Adobe &/or HTML experience is most
helpful.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
DATA ENTRY & DATA PROJECTS: ongoing or single projects
Data entry & Google-researching, organizing in Google spreadsheets, docs or folders; or in our NationBuilder database.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
STREET TEAM: ongoing or single projects
Hang posters around our trade area. Will provide posters and tape, and can narrow down to a specific area. Flexible timing, though best during common business hours (daytime hours). Must be able and comfortable to visit businesses on foot and talk with employees.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
"ON CALL" EVENT HELP: ad-hoc projects
We're often short on team members who can cover simple but time-specific tasks such as making phone calls, visiting potential spaces or partners, delivering or distributing materials. Patience, reachability and a flexible schedule are the only requirements!
Click HERE to be added to our On-Call list and tell us about your interest.
GENERAL MANAGER SEARCH: ongoing project 
Do you have experience in grocery or co-op management, or in hiring/human services? A small team is working to define the job description and search strategies for our eventual General Manager and we'd highly value your participation.
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
FUNDRAISERS: ongoing project 
Do you have interest or experience in fundraising? Our Owner Loan Campaign team will need people to help with this important area in the not too distant future. Please get in touch if you'd like to join the team!
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
ACCOUNTANTS: ongoing or single projects 
Channel your inner accountant - the Finance team is looking for accountants or interested folks to help to manage the books and finances of the co-op. 
Click HERE to contact us for more information and tell us about your interest.
    
       
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

 


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