During the transition into our new nonprofit form, some people may have come to the shop when they expected it to be open and been disappointed to find it closed. “What’s going on?” you might wonder.
The new shop is all volunteer run, and we are working as quickly as we can to recruit enough people to get the shop open a good range of regular hours. Our first goal is to be open a few hours weekends, and 11-2 weekdays, which, believe it or not, is the busiest time of the day. Then, we want to build up to get to be open 10-9, 7 days a week. Of course, that is 77 hours a week, and that takes many participants.
What does a volunteer do? A minimum, we just need someone trustworthy to hang out in the shop and be on hand to greet customers as they come by. Some volunteers want to do more, and they help us sort books, keep things neat, arrange displays, and other helpful tasks, but even if you just want to hang out a few hours a week reading a book and being on hand, that is a few more hours that we can have the shop open to the community.
We also need volunteers to run events. We would like to get a board game night running, as well as book clubs on various topics like sci-fi, biography, business, etc. We need someone to take point on organizing these events. It’s not terribly difficult work. You’d just need to be there for the event, make some posts on Meetup and do a bit of other promotion.
If you would like to volunteer for these roles or if you feel you could be helpful in any other way, please email our executive director Michael Whitehouse at email@example.com