In addition to the Board of Directors, there are several committees that help keep the Co-op running smoothly and are always looking for new people to jump in. You can help in a variety of ways, from project management to stuffing envelopes. Join us! E-mail to get involved.

The following committees meet on a monthly or as-needed basis:

IT: Provides support and training on technical facets of the organization including the website, member management software, and more. Advises the Co-op on tech-related decisions and provides ongoing maintenance and as-needed research and/or development of new tools.

Leadership: Responsible for recruiting and/or developing people to run for and serve on the Board of Directors. Meets for about six months during the year to prepare, plan for, and execute Board elections each May and will help with leadership development projects as needed.

Legal: Meets as necessary for new projects or to address legal needs of other committees and/or the Board of Directors.

Marketing and Communications: Responsible for the Co-op’s messaging and communications with the intent of attracting new members and engaging current members. Maintains website and social media platforms, creates and sends monthly e-newsletter, promotes Co-op events, builds relationships with media and pitches press stories, and drives membership campaigns and year-end appeals.

Operations: Responsible for managing the market analysis and business planning in addition to carrying out the responsibilities as set by the Board. Monitors and updates the start-up timeline and financial projections, setting membership and progress goals to keep the start-up process on track. Collaborates with the Real Estate Committee to evaluate the feasibility of potential locations. Oversees an ad-hoc grants team that seeks out and applies for grant funding.

Outreach and Member Services: Coordinates all activities relating to our current and future membership, including producing events to open dialogue amongst the member population and pursuing prospective members through outreach events in the community. On-boards new members, connects members to volunteer and leadership opportunities, and maintains a robust member database. Organizes and gives community presentations, helps plan and execute fundraising events, and manages the Shop South Philly program. Coordinates strategic membership campaigns in partnership with other committees, as instructed by the Board of Directors.

Real Estate Committee: Searches for a home for our store. Sniffs out, investigates, and pursues leads on promising commercial real estate in South Philly that meets our needs within our budget. (If you think you have expertise in this area and could help us during this process, please contact us!)