Have you heard of the 7 Cooperative Principles? They are what we base our co-op model on (as do most co-ops). One of the principles we highlight often is the seventh one, which is Concern for Community. And what better way to show this principle than supporting other organizations in our area who provide for our community! Your co-op recently learned about a great opportunity to do so that is coming up this month, November 25 – 27 at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. They will be having their annual Thanksgiving Holiday Distribution and need volunteers to help with it.
The Food Bank has set a goal this year to feed more families than ever before, and we hope to help them get there by encouraging YOU, our co-op member-owners and friends, to help out. What a great opportunity for a family to volunteer together or for you to get a group of your co-op friends to volunteer at a time convenient to you!
There is a wide variety of help needed including food carry out, food distribution, and traffic control. This, along with the many time slots and activities available means there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for your group or you as an individual. If you do volunteer, we encourage you to wear your Co-op t-shirt (if you don’t have one, we have them for sale – contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Food Bank has made it easy to sign up for a time that works in your schedule. When you sign up online the Food Bank is able to have a better idea of the numbers of volunteers to expect and be able to position you in an area that best suits your abilities. The project takes place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 25 – 27) at any of the times below:
Mornings: 8 to 10 am. OR 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Afternoons: 1 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 5 p.m. OR 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Dan Bohnker (Northeast Iowa Food Bank) at 319-235-0507. We hope to see a lot of Co-op shirts throughout these 3 days – feel free to take a photo to send our way. See you at the Food Bank!