What is Membership?
Since the beginning, GreenStar's mission focused on making nutritious, whole food available to its members. But membership means more than just access to good, healthy food...
When you join the Co-op you become a Member-Owner of a locally-owned and cooperatively operated values-based business. We focus on the social and environmental impact GreenStar makes on our local and global community, as well as economic performance. We put our values first, and return all profits back to the Co-op or donate them to the community.
One Member – One Vote means your voice truly counts!
Like all consumer co-ops, GreenStar is owned and democratically run by the people who use the store. Unlike traditional corporations where the amount of a stockholder's investment determines his or her voting power, every member at GreenStar has equal voting rights. As a Member-Owner, you have an equal say in the future direction of GreenStar.
By investing and participating in your co-op, you're putting your values into action.
Through your Equity Share investment and patronage, GreenStar supports the health and well-being of our member-owners, our community and the planet by:
- Purchasing from local farmers and businesses
- Paying a livable wage
- Using clean energy and recycled office supplies
- Supporting organic agriculture and fair trade producers
- Offering health insurance to employees
- Donating to local charities and events
- Providing education on nutrition, health and sustainability
- Improving access to healthy food to those on limited budgets through the FLOWER program
Sunday, 05 January 2014 11:10
By Alexis Alexander,
If you've been thinking about volunteering in the store on a weekly basis at GreenStar, you couldn't pick a better time! With a growing interest in cooperatives and our business going strong, our department managers have responded by creating more shifts, enabling more member-owners to participate in the everyday workings of the Co-op. Therefore, we currently have a wide variety of in-store super-worker opportunities.
Volunteering is an important co-op tradition that provides member-owners the opportunity to become actively involved in supporting the mission of the co-op. It's a great way for us, as member-owners, to connect with one another while supporting the business that we mutually help govern and own. Volunteering also yields a great member-owner benefit, since volunteers receive a higher discount at the register in return for their participation in the store.
What's the commitment?
We ask for a four-month commitment for super-worker shifts. Super-workers are assigned to a two-hour weekly shift in a specific department. The day and time is the same each week. Super-workers receive a 17½ percent discount, good for one week, for every two-hour shift worked.
How to volunteer?
All available super-worker shifts are posted at the Member Center in both the West-End and Oasis locations. To request a super-worker shift, simply choose one or two shifts on the board that work for you and fill out a "Member Labor Request Form." You'll receive a call from either Oasis or the West-End store, depending on which shift you sign up for. We fill super-worker shifts on a first-come first-served basis, so it's a good idea to request two shifts since there may be other people in line before you for a given shift.
What if I'm unable to volunteer in the store? Do other opportunities exist?
Absolutely! We keep a list of member-owners who enjoy helping us out at member-owner events, including the Spring and Fall Member Meetings, and at community events, such as the GIAC Festival, Juneteenth, and the Food Justice Summit. Most of these opportunities occur between April and October. While we can't guarantee the number of opportunities that will arise during the year for people on this list, it's a nice way to be involved on an occasional basis, especially if your schedule doesn't allow for ongoing volunteering.
For something more regular, you could serve as a Member-at-Large Council committee member. Committee members attend two-hour monthly meetings and receive a 10 percent discount for four weeks. If you're interested, fill out the Council Committee application available at the Member Center at either store and return it to the Customer Service Desk at the West-End store. A member of Council will contact you about your application.
For a more substantial commitment, you could also run for Council. Council members receive a super-worker discount and are expected to work approximately 10 hours a month. Council members prepare for and attend the monthly Council meetings. They also serve on a minimum of one Council committee. Candidacy packets are available at the Member Centers in both stores starting in mid- to late January for the annual April elections. Candidacy needs to be declared by March 1 to meet the Member Mailing deadline.
Now's your chance — if you'd like to become more actively involved in your Co-op and further support GreenStar's mission of promoting sustainable, healthy food, living wages, social and environmental justice, and a strong local economy, check out the Member Center board soon!!
By Becca Harber
Since 2004, learning, practicing and teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which I like to call Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication, continues to change me. I listen much more empathically and supportively and I blurt things out so much less often (those little outbursts that people seem to hear as critical and judgmental). I have much more choice about...