—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator
Apparently word has spread that Hampden Park Co-op is a great place to shop and volunteer. This is good news; it also means we have a lot of volunteers looking for open shifts. Be patient, plan ahead, and, out of courtesy to the other volunteers, remove your name from the calendar as soon as you know you have a schedule conflict.
If you have a flexible schedule, there is a sign-up sheet for people who are able to come in on short notice, in case we have a last-minute cancellation. Leave us your name, phone number, and the times and days you are available.
Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the flu, but we’ve had an increasing number of “no-shows”—people who sign up and just don’t show up for their shift. This is a problem for us, because we are stuck without a volunteer, and it’s a problem for other volunteers who could have had the spot you had tied up. If we find you are regularly not showing up for a shift, we may ask you to reconsider volunteering.
If you need to cancel a shift, make sure you talk to a staff member when you call. Don’t leave a message on voice mail. Our voice mail system is intended only to provide information about the store. We do not accept messages on it.
And, as always, if you have questions or comments, need a new card, or need help figuring something out, leave me a note in the membership coordinator envelope. It’s near the volunteer calendars in the entryway.