Become a Working Member

I wholeheartedly know that everything that goes on in the co-op is authentic and of pure intent. Everybody gives of their heart and soul, paid and not paid, to help us be a cooperative.

– Volunteer Robyn Hawk

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Volunteer at your Co-Op

Simply put, the Yelm Food Co-operative does not exist without volunteers. We call them ‘working members’ and they contribute time, energy, talent, and expertise across many different areas. Working members qualify for discounts and other benefits, not to mention our annual Working Member Appreciation bash every December. Here are the core areas where you can make a difference:


Requires strong communication and customer service skills, initiative, understanding of the Co-op structure, and ability to multi-task. This position requires a strong knowledge of basic math functions, calculators, and computers or experience with Point of Sale systems.


Requires self-motivation, customer service skills, and the ability to lift up to 25 lbs. Will work the floor as needed under the direction of the shift lead or manager.

Price comparison shopper

Requires a self-motivated person who will conduct weekly price comparisons of YFC products with local Yelm and Olympia markets.

Graphic Artist

Experience in computer graphics required. We need a person to create flyers, cinema ads, email ads, and announcements. this is sporadic but critical work and typically requires a short turn-around.

Event Planner

Must have above-average communication and organizational skills. Be able to multi-task, think outside the box, and troubleshoot problems. The planner must have the ability to work with all types of people and be able to not only visualize an event from start to finish but to understand the steps needed to accomplish it.

Grant Writer

During these formative stages of the Co-op, this is a Pro Bono position. The position can be reviewed every 90 days as the financial conditions of the organization change.

Advertising and Promotions

Plan and direct advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, coupons, or giveaways, to create interest in the purchase of Co-op store products or any other service for any part of the entire Yelm Cooperative organization. This is a Pro Bono position.

Communications & Public Relations

He/she will produce and disseminate materials for communicating information about the Co-op and its program; coordinate the content of the Co-op website and Facebook page and production of The Grapevine; develop and oversee the Co-op’s branding and image; represent the Co-op with the media; and maintain an updated photo library and database of contacts. This is a Pro Bono position.

Supporting Our Local Producers

Theo & Chocolove

With Valentines is coming, it’s time to share the love. Our wonderful chocolate brands, Chocolove and Theo have loving choices for us. And they’re on Member Special this month, so get them early.

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Lake Champlain is our newest Organic brand of Valentine chocolates. They are delicious.

Valentine Gifts

Wonderful Special Valentine’s gift includes vase, teddy bear, rose shaped soap and heart shaped ring.

Perky Jerky Chicken Breast Crisps

Perky Jerky Chicken Breast Crisps: The Open Sesame is pretty spicy, while The Works is like bagel flavoring. THIN AND CRISPY: These delightful crisps are thin and of course crispy, but don't let that fool you. Packed with flavor, they will satisfy any craving PALEO...


Three Cheese Tortellini: Our authentic Italian recipe begins with delicate egg pasta made from only the finest quality durum wheat semolina. We carefully fold our pasta around a savor, nutty blend of fine Italian cheeses, then pinch them into small rings to form one...

Soaps & Shampoo Soaps

Everyone loved the products from Fox Island so we decided to bring in some of their soaps and hair shampoo bars.

Doodle Buns Bakery

Naturally Gluten Free Cupcakes and scones from Doodle Buns Bakery in Yelm.

January Specials

A few of this months specials. Check them out and save some money.


Florence has done some of these trainings but she isn't in the store all the time, so can't answer questions. Check out this short video. Check out this video to hear Terry Lemerond discuss Clinical OPC, made with unique French Grape Seed extract VX1 that contains...

Bread Peddler

The wonderful Bread Peddlar in Olympia tells their Instagram followers that they provide their delicious sandwiches on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week at the Yelm Food Co-op

New COVID-19 Requirements in effect!
Pursuant to Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25.8, Stay Safe-Stay Healthy, these requirements are effective November 16, 2020
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