We are a member-owned and operated food co-operative based in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. We are a 100% working co-op—all members contribute two hours of work every four weeks. In return, we build a strong sense of community and enjoy prices that are significantly lower than for-profit grocery stores.
The cooperative was born when neighbors came together because they wanted access to fresh, healthy, affordable food – the solution was to join forces to create a community owned store. We opened our storefront in December 2011, after more than three years of planning.
Every member-owner contributes two hours per month of labor towards the operations of the business. The co-op still has no paid employees but has more than nine hundred members, each working just two hours every four weeks – that’s a lot to keep track of!
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We were very lucky to be able to start out with the work scheduler ShiftPlanning! We looked around and nothing came close to providing the functionality of ShiftPlanning. It’s been a godsend.
The reminders have been so important for us, since members work once only every four weeks, the shifts catch many folks off guard. The email and text reminders are helpful and many members say they really appreciate them. We would absolutely recommend the work ShiftPlanning to others: the work scheduler has so many capabilities. We are just starting to harness its full abilities with the ‘Time Clock’ function.
Everyone at ShiftPlanning has been wonderful. Our shift scheduler Maria got in touch and your team not only answered her question but added an extra custom column to the ‘cheat sheet’ for us! You have been so patient and helpful, even rerouting members who mistakenly contact your helpdesk about co-op specific issues back to our help desk.
We have a large range of ages and computer comfort levels amongst our core team and it took dedicated effort to introduce everyone to the work scheduler and demonstrate how wonderful and time saving it could be. I think it requires a willingness to just explore it – with a confidence that you’ll find what you’re looking for – that took some adjustment for our crew. However, once people get it, they love it.
It’d be chaos without you. – Giselle Sperber – Board Vice President – Greene Hill Food Co-op
I honestly don’t know what we’d do without this work scheduler. To wit: one day the shift reminders were accidentally turned off and almost nobody showed up to work in the store! ShiftPlanning has been the linchpin: you allow us to coordinate more than nine hundred willing cooperators to run one community-owned grocery store.
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