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
Thursday, 01 July 2010 21:23
By Alexis Alexander,
Starting in July, we are changing our Member Labor application process. This new process will more clearly communicate to members the specific volunteer opportunities that exist at a given moment of time. Rather than filling out an application for a possible volunteer opportunity in the future, you can indicate your interest in a specific position that is currently available. No more waiting lists, no more wondering if there are any positions available!
Specifically, available opportunities will be posted on a regular basis at the Member Centers at both the West-End and Oasis stores, as well as on the website. The postings will indicate the position, the department and the day and time of the shift. If you are interested in a specific position, you can fill out a “Member Labor Request Form” at the Member Center or electronically from our website. We will call members in the order we receive the requests. Once the position is filled, we will inform all remaining members who expressed interest in the position that the position was filled. The only positions that will still require an application are Council committee seats for members at-large, since Council needs more detailed information for the placement process.
Volunteer for GreenStar Community Projects and Earn Superworker Credit!
Another exciting development is the addition of a new area of opportunity for Member Labor volunteering. GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), our not-for-profit affiliate, has expressed interest in having GreenStar members serve on GSCP committees. The work of committee members is essential for helping GSCP develop and implement programs and activities to improve access to healthy food and lifestyle choices for our whole community. Serving on a GSCP committee is a wonderful opportunity to help promote the ideals of cooperatives, local self-reliance, ecological stewardship and social justice. Four new committees are being created: Fundraising; Marketing, Outreach & Communication; Events; and Projects & Programming. Committee work will average two hours per week, for which members will receive a Superworker discount.
The new application process will be introduced sometime in July, so keep watching the Member Center boards and the website for this exciting transition.
At the August 14 and September 11 Council meetings, the GreenStar community began a lively discussion regarding the possibility that the Co-op will lift or alter its current ban on most goods produced in the Peoples Republic of China in addition to implementing other product line guideline changes. (Please see additional coverage in this and last months Council News columns on page 3.) In order to allow this complex and controversial discourse to continue, short statements were solicited from those at the meet...