Volunteering at Manly Food Co-Op

Volunteer at the Co-Op

Why Volunteer at Manly Food Co-Op?

Volunteering at the Co-op is a fantastic way to save money, meet like-minded locals and learn about our products and the business.

When you regularly volunteer you will:

  • Develop new skills
  • Connect with your community and make it a better place
  • Be part of a business creating positive change
  • Earn energy points that save you up to 20% off your shopping

What Will I Be Doing When I Volunteer?

The Manly Food Co-Op relies on volunteers for running all parts of the business. Primarily we need volunteers to help out in the shop, but there are also many other roles.

Shop Volunteers assist staff members to help keep the Co-Op running as smoothly as possible. On a typical shift, you may spend your time:

  • Filling up containers and re-stocking
  • Cleaning and helping to keep the shop tidy
  • Welcoming and assisting customers with their shopping
  • Educating customers about “how to shop Co-Op”.

Volunteers are the life-blood of the MFC

Volunteers make up 95% of the team that keep the Co-Op thriving. Volunteers are the glue that keeps the Co-Op together and our community alive.

Our community relies on the Co-Op to consistently offer a valuable alternative to mainstream supermarket shopping. By committing to volunteer with the Co-Op, you not only support us to be able to provide ethically sourced organic products at a reasonable price, you’re helping to ensure that the Co-Op remains open. And that’s a good thing for everyone, especially our planet.

Getting Started

We run regular volunteer orientation sessions. These one-hour sessions provide you with a thorough overview of the co-op. Our Volunteer Coordinator will give you a tour of the Co-Op and run through the tasks you may do on a shift. We will also cover Work Health & Safety, Food Safety and Communication.

Sounds like something you’d like to do? Please fill in our Volunteer Application Form. Our Volunteer Co-Ordinator will be in touch within 7 days to book your orientation session.

Volunteer roles are only open to current Co-Op Members. You can sign up or renew your membership online.

Volunteer Roles Available

Many of our volunteer roles can be done from home or outside normal trading hours. If you have experience in any of the areas below, please do get in touch via our Volunteer Application Form, or by emailing our Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Marketing, Events, Content Writing & Social Media

  • Accounting & Book Keeping

  • HR, Administration

  • Sewing, Knitting & Screen Printing

  • Carpentry, Handyman, Plumbing & Electrical

  • Zero Waste, Composting & Recycling

Check out the full list of current volunteer roles at the Manly Food C0-Op.

What Commitment Is Required?

We request that our front of hour volunteers make a minimum commitment of 3 hours/month for at least 6 months. This ensures that you get the most out of the experience and also that the time we invest in training you is well spent.

Many volunteers offer more time than this and we’re sure you’ll find that you will get a lot out of the experience, in addition to the 10% off shopping that you’ll receive!

Every 2 hours that you volunteer entitles you to a shop at 20% off.  Learn more about Energy Points.

Our Board of Directors also volunteer their time. If you have demonstrated experience in leadership and would like to be considered for our Board of Directors, please get in touch.

How Energy Points Work

For every hour that you volunteer your time (either working in the shop or on other Co-Op projects), you receive 1 energy point. 2 energy points entitles you to a shop at 20% off our standard price.

So if you volunteer 2 hours a week, you can do your weekly shop at 20% off!

Your energy points accumulate, so you can bank them up and use them as you need them.

Manly Food Co-Operative

Manly's Organic Food & Grocery Store, Community Owned, Bulk Organic Whole Foods and Packaging-Free Shopping.

Opening Hours:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 10am - 6pm Thur: 10am - 6:30pm Sat: 9am - 5pm Sun: 10am - 4pm Phone: 9977 0177

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