Marissa Jones
Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?

"The survival of BCS is very important to me. As a potential board member, I hope to help BCS to continue improving and succeeding by giving my input and sharing my ideas. ”

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I have worked at Bloomingfoods since October of 2016. I am now a lead in the center store department and play an important role in the East store’s day-to-day functions. I place orders, stock shelves, build displays, pay attention to sales and adhere to shoppers needs.”
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I have been part of many of different teams and groups, including Girl Scouts, band programs, sports and more. I have also done volunteer work at the Community Kitchen, raised money for Habitat for Humanity and have been a member of a nature sanctuary.”
Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op. 
"I have over a year and a half working at Bloomingfoods. Aside from that, I have received certifications in purchasing and cost control and human relations management and planned the startup for a business as a final project in culinary school.”  
How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?
"I place a very high value on helping others and simply trying to make the world a better place, as does BCS. While BCS works to better the community, I work through Bloomingfoods and my personal life to do the same."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"I believe that the primary role of BCS in the community is essentially to strengthen it by giving back to it rather than profiting from it, while also providing access to local and organic foods and creating space for the community to gather and come together.”
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"I see that BCS has opportunities to become more involved in the community and to help the local economy and environment. I can see BCS facing challenges in the future due to growing competition of health food resources and the increasing popularity in online shopping.”
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.      
"Bloomingfoods has always been a part of my life and holds a special place in my heart. I believe I can help BCS make a difference by applying my knowledge and skills. I am very hopeful and excited to possibly play a more important role in the co­op.”
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