Volunteering at Manly Food Co-op

Volunteer at Your Co-op

Why Volunteer at the 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 an additional 10% on 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 in marketing, ordering, accounting, waste management …

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 your Co-op

Volunteers make up the majority 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, and 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 Communications.

Sounds like something you’d like to do? Please fill in our Volunteer Form and our Volunteer Co-ordinator will be in touch soon to set up a time for your orientation session.

Volunteer roles are only open to current Co-op Members. You can sign up or renew your membership in-store.

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 Form, or by emailing our Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Marketing, Events, Content Writing & Social Media

  • Accounting, Book Keeping, Law

  • 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 Co-op.

What Commitment Is Required?

We welcome everyone who wants to volunteer, no matter what their availability is. But to make it relevant and enjoyable you should be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours per month. 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 extra discounts off shopping that you’ll receive!

Every 2 hours that you volunteer entitles you to a shop at an additional 10% off member prices.  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 an additional 10% off member prices.

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

*Includes 10% member discount and an additional 10% discount for volunteer work

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

Manly Food Co-Operative

Manly's Not-For-Profit Organic Grocery Store. We offer Bulkfoods and Wholefoods, all Packaging- and Plastic-Free. Enjoy Zero Waste Shopping!

Opening Hours:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 9am - 7pm Thur: 9am - 8pm Sat: 9am - 5pm Sun: 9am - 5pm Phone: 0468 413 975

Shop 1, 11-25 Wentworth Street, Manly (right next to Coles and opposite Manly Village Public School)