Volunteer

Whether it’s helping out in our Fair Trade Store, raising awareness about upcoming events by distributing flyers, or lending an extra hand during our events, the Peace & Justice Center is helped tremendously by the generosity of our local community. We welcome highly-motivated volunteers who display passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell.

For more information or questions concerning volunteering at the Peace & Justice Store, please call or email Aris Garcia, our Volunteer Coordinator at 802-863–2345 x 7 or [email protected]. Feel free to come see us on the Burlington Waterfront!

Volunteer Opportunities

About Our Peace & Justice Center and Store:

The Peace & Justice Store is a program of the Peace & Justice Center, a nonprofit organization which has a mission to create a peaceful and just world by addressing the intersecting issues of racial and economic justice, peace and human rights, through education, advocacy, training, non-violent activism and community organizing.

In our retail store, our products reflect and support our mission. Therefore, we focus on fair trade, local, and educational products. Through educational displays and conversation, we introduce people to fair trade principles, communities around the world where products are made, social justice issues related to trade, as well as our Center’s work as a whole.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

This position entails a weekly shift working on the store sales floor doing customer service work, running the cash register using a Point of Sale system, and daily store upkeep. Tasks include greeting customers, talking about the Fair Trade Movement and other social justice topics, sharing literature and information on how to get involved at the Peace & Justice Center, asking for donations, stocking inventory, processing and merchandising products, inventory and data management, and keeping the store clean and tidy. In addition, volunteers are encouraged to attend the Volunteer Gatherings and/or weekly Programming Meeting.

This volunteer experience is ideal for people who are…

  • interested in working in a small nonprofit
  • looking to gain retail experience in a store with ethics at the core
  • looking to connect with people in their community
  • interested in learning about fair trade and our other intersecting programs of Peacework and  Racial Justice

Volunteer Responsibilities:

During events hosted by the Peace & Justice Center, we may require certain specific roles to be filled. These roles may not be typical and may include tasks such as being a marshal or banner carrier in a large march or rally, taking or selling tickets, distributing goods or services, etc. Event volunteers must be flexible, independent but willing to ask questions, and creative. Supervision will be provided as far as is possible and practicable and duties will be clearly outlined before the event begins. We also have need for event volunteers who go to other community events as a PJC representative to set up an information table or speak to a crowd.

This volunteer experience is ideal for people who are…

  • interested in working in a small nonprofit
  • looking to connect with people in the community
  • looking to get involved in the organizing of protests or other types of events

Volunteer Responsibilities:

Support our mission by helping our office function. We need people for data entry, mailings, making thank you cards, and more. If you have a specific skill you would like to offer or develop, let us know.

This volunteer experience is ideal for people who are…

  • interested in working in a small nonprofit
  • looking to gain administrative experience
  • looking to connect with people in their community

The Peace & Justice Store is looking for someone who has a knack for marketing planning and implementation. This volunteer opportunity will give you the chance to learn more about artisans and growers from the Global South, the importance of labor rights and ethically sourced goods,environmental sustainability, and Fair Trade Movement as a whole.

Tasks include:

  • Increased awareness of the mission and location of the Peace & Justice Store
  • Research new methods of increasing foot traffic and store sales
  • Working with Store Manager to plan promotional calendar
  • Creating stunning graphics
  • Making engaging posts about fair trade producers and their products
  • Utilizing tools and guidelines to measure marketing success
  • Monthly Progress Reports for the Peace & Justice Center Board of Directors
  • Compiling marketing handbook for future volunteers
  • Work with current volunteers on Vendor Binder Project

Required skills:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Experience with print and digital advertisements
  • Social media
  • Paid social media ads
  • Google Ad Grants
  • Graphic design software
  • Working within Peace & Justice Center budget

The ideal person for this position will have the ability research, implement, and record progress of marketing strategies, work well in a fast pace environment, and demonstrate dedication to social justice issues. They must be a self-motivated, creative thinker, who can work well independently and on a team.

Please submit a writing sample, a graphic(s) that you have designed, and a paragraph about why you are interested in this position to Amy Crosswhite at [email protected].

As a volunteer, you will enjoy the following:

  • Being a representative of the PJC
  • 20% discount in our store
  • Monthly Volunteer Gatherings
  • Gaining membership in the PJC and having voting rights at our Annual Meetings

To get involved contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Aris Garcia at [email protected] or attend a New Volunteer Orientation. (See our PJC Events Page for scheduled orientations)

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The PJC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from youth, people of color, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and people with disabilities.

Attend a New Volunteer Orientation

New volunteers will learn a little bit about the history of the Peace & Justice Center and all of our current state-wide projects. We’ll also talk a little bit about how volunteers can use their skills and interests to help the PJC achieve its mission in the community. Each orientation session lasts approximately one-half hour. Join  us after the orientation for a PJC Public Presentation!

Our Volunteer Coordinator holds monthly volunteer orientations.  All New Volunteer Orientations appear on our PJC Events page.

Please contact Aris Garcia at [email protected] with any questions or for more information.

Make Origami Boxes

The Peace & Justice Store could use your help making origami boxes that we can use in the store.

Here are the directions. Use a square of paper that is between 5″ and 8″ square. Use paper that has some substance to it. Magazine covers, wrapping paper scraps, old date book pictures — be creative!

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