Every year the Co-op selects a volunteer of the year, and this year we are honored to name Jenny Maida-Young as the 2018 Co-op Volunteer of the Year.
You bring the cooperative spirit to everything you do!
By Karl Meyer, Outreach Coordinator
Congratulations to the 2018 Co-op Volunteer of the Year—Jenny Maida-Young!
Jenny is the best volunteer ever! Some years back I selected Jenny and her partner Bill as the co-volunteers of the year, but this year I wanted to acknowledge Jenny on her own and acknowledge her ongoing contributions.
Jenny is the best volunteer ever!
Jenny grew up in San Francisco, raised two sons in the Santa Cruz mountains, and taught preschool and special education in the Bay Area. Shortly after arriving in Bellingham, she became a member of our co-op. Jenny is old-school co-op, and we are fortunate to have her as part of our co-op and greater community.
The following highlights some current volunteer opportunities at the Co-op, and Jenny has pretty much done them all.
The Co-op Annual Meeting and Party presents our greatest need for volunteers (save the date for March 30 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal). I have been coordinating the volunteers and helping to organize the AMP going on seven years and every year I count on Jenny for her solid work at this event.
She has also volunteered at several smaller Co-op events: The Hootenanny Farm Fund benefit, MLK Jr. Day Open Mic, and Co-op Board-hosted member engagement events to name a few.
In addition to currently volunteering in her favorite area of the store—the bulk department—she has contributed by inserting Healthy Connections class flyers in the Co-op News, directing traffic during the parking lot construction at the Downtown store, and she even recently called my attention to a loud malfunctioning fan in the
She also participates in a variety of volunteer opportunities in the community.
She also participates in a variety of volunteer opportunities in the community. For the past several years, Jenny has volunteered with the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, which happens to be our February SEED recipient. This annual free documentary film festival takes place every February.
Thank you, Jenny. It is a pleasure to know you!
I would also like to note and thank the newsletter insert and delivery volunteers, and the bulletin board organizers. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping at events or with other volunteer opportunities.