Coffee Bar Collaboration
The coffee bar at our church is a place where people can come and drink coffee and it's also a place where new people can start to connect. I have been volunteering there for about 18 months now and I love it!
I love getting to know people. I love welcoming people. And I love how excited people are that we have coffee for them!
A few Sundays ago, I started a project to organize my church's coffee bar. I worked with one of the heads of the volunteer team because she knows far more about the space than I do.
Because the coffee bar space is used by several different groups at our church, understandably this space became a place for people to put items when they didn't know where else to put them. Leftovers from events sat in baskets next to lost items, and a whole slew of other bits and pieces were in there too. Organizing in a shared space can be touch because it causes us to look at the space from different angles.
Here are the few of the things that I thought about as we organized the project: 1. Label everything: Multiple people come into the space throughout the week and labeling helps them put items in the correct spot. People don't mean to put things in the wrong space, but if they don't know, that's what's going to happen over time. 2. Process improvement: We thought through how to best use the space to enable volunteers to do their job easily and efficiently. Freeing up time, allows volunteers to talk with people at church instead of searching for items. 3. Using supplies: Because our church is committed to sustainable products, the coffee bar is transitioning to more Earth-friendly products. We still have some items hiding in some nooks and crannies that need to be used before we move to the new items. We created a system that allows volunteers to quickly use current items up so that we can free space for the more environmentally friendly items.
We still have another week on the project and I can't wait to see the results. I love knowing that what we're doing is helping!