Co-ops look like any other business; they provide products just as conventional businesses do, but a cooperative also exists to serve its members. What makes co-op membership different from other club-like stores, for example, is that the members of the o-op are also the owners. As an owner, in addition to getting the products you need and access to great deals, you also get to participate in the coop by voting in board of directors’ elections and sharing your input. Rather than rewarding outside investors with its profits, a co-op returns surplus revenue to its owners in proportion to how much they use the co-op, in the form of patronage dividends. This democratic approach to business results in a powerful economic force that benefits the co-op, its owners, and the community it serves.
A shop right in your neighborhood where you’ll find locally-grown produce, dairy, meat, organics, specialty products (gluten free, vegan, etc.), home and self care wares from environmentally-
Become a founding member
Volunteer at an event
Join a cooperative committee - member outreach, producer outreach or buying club
Are you a techie? Help with our web presence!
Ask a friend to join the buying club or become a founding member
Join the buying club
Host a fundraiser or make a donation to the cooperative
Invite a cooperative member to speak to a group, club, congragation or at a local event
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