Would you like to join one of our worker owner/consumer owner teams?
We have openings on the Elections Committee (EC), which oversees the election process, and on the Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) Grant Committee, which administers the CCF grant review process. The EC is seeking one consumer or worker owner, preferably from Raleigh. The CCF committee is seeking two owners, with at least one from Raleigh.
WSM’s Elections Committee (EC)
The Elections Committee (EC) is a standing committee of consumer owners and worker owners appointed annually by the Board of Directors. The EC is charged with administering fair and open elections for consumer-owner and worker-owner members of the Board of Directors. The committee has been instrumental in increasing awareness of the Board and its work. The EC implemented online voting for consumer owner elections three years ago, and intends to implement online voting for worker-owner elections this year.
The committee meets five to six times a year and participates in events related to the elections, including the Co-op Fair. The committee typically meets on Wednesday afternoons, alternating locations between Hillsborough and Carrboro with potential meetings in Raleigh this year.
The elections committee is the most fun it is possible to have at Weaver Street Market! From breaking into ballot boxes to building an online voting system from scratch, we are a fun-loving, casual, and awesome group of people. Join us! —Amy Lorang, worker owner, pastry baker, Food House
Weaver Street’s Cooperative Community Fund Grant Committee
The Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) Grant Committee administers the application and review process for the CCF grant awards. Weaver Street gives grants each year to local nonprofits for community projects that focus on “Access to Healthy Food.” The grants come from our CCF endowment fund, which we grow through contributions from owners and shoppers, including the purchase of Hope for the Holiday products, proceeds from the April and October wine shows, and donated owner dividends and shares. This year’s grant funds are expected to exceed $10,000.
The committee, which is composed of consumer owners and worker owners, meets two to three times in the spring to review the application process, evaluate the grant applications, and select the grant recipients. The committee typically meets on Friday mornings at one of the store cafes. The committee also participates in events related to the CCF, including the Co-op Fair.
Food partnerships and the CCF are big parts of what makes our co-op relevant. Working on the CCF committee allows me to work with members of my community, helps me be more in tune with local needs, and gives me a sense of being a part of a community that is creating positive change in the present. Creating dialogue and opportunity for our owners and the community is what makes us different as a co-op. CCF allows our partners to do more, it’s one of many ways we connect and create change. –Cait Williams, worker owner, customer service staff, Hillsborough store.