Bluestockings is a collectively-owned and volunteer-powered project. We strive to be a truly non-hierarchical organization and have a variety of roles falling along a spectrum of time commitment and responsibility.
Volunteers: Volunteering is the gateway to all things Bluestockings. During their weekly three-hour shift, volunteers help run the store, from serving coffee and café goods, to ringing people up for purchases, to receiving books, to setting up for events, to generally talking about that book you just read that was the best ever. Volunteers are also come together for a fun social activity every 2-3 months as a way to provide a supportive community to one another. There are approximately 60 volunteers involved in the store at any given time.
Staffers: Staffers are volunteers who have been with the store for a bit and have interest in taking on a larger role with the project. Staffers typically work a 6-8 hour shift once a week, managing the store and assorted projects. Staffers and collective members meet monthly to discuss store operations. Staffers all come from our pool of volunteers. Currently there are 8 staffers.
The Collective: The collective is comprised of a group of passionate individuals who bottom-line the store together. Collective members manage assorted projects and work in the store 10-30 hours per week. The collective meets every other week. Collective members all come from our pool of staffers/volunteers. Currently there are 6 collective members.
Special Projects: Some volunteers want to contribute to the store in addition to or in lieu of the traditional weekly shift. These volunteers assist with or manage specific projects, like researching new books to order, managing our zines, or doing promotions for our events.
If you are interested in getting involved at Bluestockings, please visit our volunteer page for application information.