Most of the people who work behind the counter or in the bookstore at the South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse Bookstore are volunteers. Sometimes their friends and family members ask, “Why donate your time when you could get paid to work elsewhere?”
Everyone who goes through the training program learns about espresso and basic food prep, and in general, also has the opportunity to learn the following:
Students can earn high school credit by volunteering at The Commons.
To volunteer at The Commons, please fill out and bring in this application.
Here, in their own words, are some of the things volunteers have learned:
“I’ve learned that I love to help people.”
“I’ve learned that I am a good people person and that I’m actually a lot better at using the cash register than I thought I’d be and that I’m a GREAT photographer who can contribute to the newsletter!”
“I’ve learned how important it is to believe in your dreams.”
“I’ve learned I have trouble living up to a set schedule, but I enjoy talking to people over the counter, hearing what they do, what their plans are…and I’ve learned that I’d like to become an event organizer.”
“I’ve learned that I have people skills and communicate with other people to get things done. I’ve also learned about what it means to be a leader.”
“I’ve learned that I can relax more and not stress over the small stuff.”
“I’ve learned I can multitask…that I can communicate well and professionally, and that I can make good coffee!”
“I’ve learned how much I like volunteering, and how I like being in this social environment! It helps me unwind from work and school and gets me to interact with my community.”
“I’ve learned that I enjoy the company of the people I work with, and that I have many teachers to learn from!”