Want to make a difference in your community and get an awesome discount at your co-op too? You’ve come to the right place!

BriarPatch Food Co-op launched PatchWorks volunteer program in January 2020.

PatchWorks serves to create a positive, meaningful and lasting impact in our community through participation and cooperation between BriarPatch Food Co-op, its owners and select nonprofit organizations.

To sign up, download and fill out the PatchWorks Volunteer Packet and submit the completed application to Jason Patton. Community Engagement Coordinator, at jasonp@briarpatch.coop Questions? Call (530) 272-CO-OP (2667) X 145.

How it Works

– Households, regardless of number of members or age, who volunteer for six (6) or more hours per month at an approved PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbor organization will receive a coupon for 15% off one shopping trip the following month

– Households who volunteer for twelve (12) or more hours per month at an approved PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbor organization will receive one additional coupon, for a maximum of two discounted shopping trips per month

– Households must maintain active and up-to-date ownership with BriarPatch Food Co-op to be eligible

– Volunteer hours must be performed at an approved PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbor organization (full list below)

Choose a PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbor

Bear Yuba Land Trust

Jorie Emory
Development and Communications Director
(530) 272-5994 x213

Bright Futures for Youth

Cindy Hintz
Community Engagement Manager
(530) 265-4311

Color Me Human 

Tracy Pepper
Executive Director
(530) 559-4245

FREED Center for Independent Living

Courtney Williams
Volunteer Coordinator
(530) 477-3333 x225

Good Sun

Vince Lucia
Chief Operations Officer
(530) 913-8972

Grass Valley Downtown Association

Marni Marshall
Executive Director
(530) 798-9690

Hospitality House

Christina Apkarian
Marketing & Development Specialist
(530) 615-0852

Interfaith Food Ministry

Naomi Cabral
Development Director
(530) 273-8132

Nevada City Farmer’s Market

Becca Warner
Market Manager
(530) 206-3000

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity

Mary Gill
ReStore Manager
(530) 274-3761

Nevada County Media

Stephanie Simpson
Administrative Assistant
(530) 272-8862

Sammie’s Friends

Lizette Taylor
Shelter Director
(530) 471-5041

Sierra Harvest

Crystal Dossman
Staff Director
(530) 265-2343

Sierra Streams Institute

Helen Fitanides
Water Quality Lab Manager
(805) 709-6294

SYRCL – South Yuba River Citizens League

Daniel Belshe
Community Engagement Manager
(530) 265-5961 x201

The Food Bank of Nevada County

Megan Calarco
Volunteer Coordinator
(541) 977-9000


Q. How does the discount work?

A. The new 15% discount on a one-time shopping trip is the highest discount BriarPatch offers, on par with what the Co-op’s Board of Directors and staff receive.

Q. Can we bank hours to use for future discounts?

A. No. PatchWorks exists to create active, sustained volunteerism for our Nonprofit Neighbors. Volunteers are not required to work the six hours a month, but they do need to remain active consistently throughout the year.

Q. How will I know you received my hours for the month? When do I get the discount?

A. Our PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbors are trained on a professional volunteer management software and will log your hours each time you work a volunteer shift. BriarPatch staff will process hours and issue the discount coupons on the 1st of the following month.

Q. I already volunteer at my favorite nonprofit. Can the time I spend there count?

A. To earn the one-time discounted shopping trip, PatchWorks Volunteers must volunteer at a qualified PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbor organization. PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbors are selected because they closely align with BriarPatch’s Ends Policies and the 7th Cooperative Principle, Concern for Community.

Q. I volunteer for multiple organizations. Can I combine hours across organizations to reach my minimum monthly requirement for the discount?

A. Yes! As long as the nonprofits you volunteer for are approved PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbors, you can spread your hours out across multiple organizations.

Q. How does a nonprofit become a PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbor?

A. BriarPatch Food Co-op invites a small number of nonprofit organizations to participate in the PatchWorks volunteer program as a qualified Nonprofit Neighbor. If you are interested in receiving an application for consideration of future participation, please contact Jason Patton, Community Engagement Coordinator, at jasonp@briarpatch.coop

Q. I’m interested in becoming part of the PatchWorks Volunteer Team, but I don’t have a computer. What do I do?

A. Please call the registration line at (530) 272-CO-OP (2667) x145 to request a physical application.

Q. Can I pick up Volunteer and Nonprofit Neighbor applications at the Customer Service Desk?

A. In order for the Customer Service Desk to concentrate on the many needs of Co-op shoppers, we respectfully request you call Jason Patton, Community Engagement Coordinator, at (530) 272-CO-OP (2667) x145 or find a PDF version of the Volunteer application on our website. Interested Nonprofit Neighbors may contact Jason directly.