Volunteer opportunity with the online book selling team

Shipper neededThe Friends online book selling team needs a third shipper.

We operate an online bookstore with Amazon.com. The number of books and DVDs in our store varies depending on donations; at this writing we have 479 items listed. Every week we add some and sell others, so the titles available are in constant flux.

Our Amazon shipping policy states that we ship within two days of receiving an order. To fulfill that requirement, we’ve established procedures to ship every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We have a 100% five-star approval rating from customers for the past year and don’t want to risk losing that by shipping late.

What’s involved? On your shipping day, you’d check the Friends Amazon account to see what orders need to be fulfilled. You’d pull the items from the shelves in the Friends workroom and package them for shipping. And then you’d drop them off at the post office. The time commitment depends on how many books were sold, but it generally takes two to four hours. The three shippers keep in close contact and cover for each other when the need arises. And we “close” the store at least twice a year to give everyone a break.

We provide all of the supplies needed for shipping. And we buy postage online, so there’s no standing in line when you drop the packages off at the post office. No experienced needed; we’ll provide the training.

We invite you to contact us if you’re interested in learning more about this volunteer position.

Volunteers needed for Fall book sale

Book sale volunteers neededVolunteers are needed for the Fall book sale, November 2-4, 2018.

We need volunteers to help with the set-up of the sale Friday morning and the take down on Sunday afternoon. During sale hours, we need volunteers to support the cashiers by tallying up sales and also to assist our customers on the sale floor. Set up for the sale will occur on 11/2/18, 9 am – 1 pm. Shifts through the weekend during the sale are for 2-3 hours at a time.

Sale hours are:

  • Friday, November 2nd, 2 – 6 pm (members only for the first hour)
  • Saturday November 3rd, 10 – 4 pm
  • Sunday November 4th, 1 – 4 pm

This time, we’ve automated sign-ups with Sign-Up Genius, an online volunteer recruitment service. Sign-Up Genius is easy and you don’t need an account with them to use it. Here are the steps:
1. Go to our page on Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4aaeab2babf94-fall
2. Scroll down the page to see what time slots are still open.
3. Click the “Sign Up” box for any shifts you would like to sign up for. You can sign up for multiple shifts if you’d like.
4. Click the “Submit and Sign Up” box at the center-bottom of the page

If you prefer to sign up via email, please contact us.

Donald Swygard nominated for volunteer award

Donald SwygardDonald Swygard has been nominated for a lifetime volunteer achievement award for the Library and the city of Tualatin and will be honored with others at a reception before the City Council meeting on Monday evening, April 23rd. This event will be held at the Juanita Pohl Center, 8513 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin, OR. The reception is scheduled for 6 pm to 7 pm. The award presentation will start promptly at 7 pm.

Donald has served on the Friends Board as Treasurer, as our purchasing agent, and as our Friday shipper of books sold on our Amazon book store. He is retired from a 37 year career as a middle and high school math and science teacher. In addition to his jobs with the Friends, he tutors kids at the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 7 pm.

A Thank You to Umpqua Bank

Umpqua BankWe want to thank Umpqua Bank and its employees Samantha, Logan, and Anna for their support at our recent semi-annual book sales. Umpqua Bank is committed to community service and encourages staff to volunteer up to 40 hours each year (paid!) with nonprofit organizations in communities where the bank does business.

Umpqua explains its community service philosophy on its website:
Here at Umpqua, investing is who we are, what we are, and why we are—but we’re not talking about your money. We’re talking about shaping our neighborhoods and engaging with our neighbors through community giving and community action. 

During the past year Umpqua Bank donated more than 50,000 hours to the community through the Connect Volunteer Network. Umpqua also makes financial donations to nonprofits through the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation.

Volunteer help wanted

Ongoing salePart time rewarding jobs with flexible hours. Excellent opportunity to meet new Friends and be part of a great team. No experience required, just a love of books and a desire to support the Tualatin Public Library.

The Friends are looking for volunteers for two important positions in the organization:

1. Chair of the Ongoing Sales Team. You’ll lead the team that markets and stocks the sale shelves inside the library on a daily basis. Our ongoing sale is a major source of revenue for the Friends. Training will be provided and approximate time commitment is six to seven hours per week. Come lead our Ongoing Book Sale Team!

Responsibilities include:

  • Meeting monthly with the rest of the volunteer team to develop schedules, discuss pricing, and plan future activities.
  • Communicating with the Ongoing team by email as needed.
  • Working with chairs of the Amazon and Book Sale teams.
  • Providing a report of Ongoing activities to the Friends’ Board president before meetings.
  • Communicating with the library staff as needed.
  • Coordinating inventory control and administrative tasks important to the operation of the team.

2. Amazon Marketplace Product Lister. You’ll list donated books, DVDs, and miscellaneous other products on the Friends Amazon Marketplace. All items are evaluated by other team members to make sure that they meet listing criteria, and are then flagged for the Product Lister. Potential volunteers should be detail oriented and have strong computer skills. Training will be provided and approximate time commitment is four to five hours per week. Come join our Online Book Sale Team!

Please contact us at tualatinfol@gmail.com if you’re interested in either of these positions.