Co-ops across the country are joining forces to complete 1 million acts of kindness in 2018 with the #Coops4Kindness Challenge.
Cooperatives are in a unique position to have a massive impact on society.
There are more than 30,000 cooperatives, employing more than 2.1 million people, with more than 120 million members in the United States.
Cooperatives are bigger than AARP, the NRA, and the Sierra Club combined!
Additionally, kindness is already built into the seven principles that guide all cooperatives: Principle 7—Concern for Community. Together, co-ops can influence the direction of our society to become more equitable, humane, and kind for everyone.
kindness is already built into the seven principles that guide all cooperatives: Principle 7—Concern for Community
The Community Food Co-op is committed to the #Coops4Kindness Challenge, and we are already spreading kindness. These are some of the things we are already doing!
- donations to community groups
- donations to the food bank
- event sponsorships
- Co-op sponsored Bellingham Bells baseball game with free admission for 400 people
- Basic Needs Drive for people experiencing homelessness
- quarterly staff volunteer events
- Fresh Bucks to increase access of fresh produce for EBT users
- On the third Saturday of the month, we donate 2% of the day’s sales.
Over 2,000 local students have seen The Real Food Show in 2018—for free. And over 12,000 local students since the first show in 2014!
Cascadia Volunteer Advocacy partnered with the Co-op and HomesNow Not Later! to serve 250 breakfast burritos and distribute essential needs to people experiencing homelessness.
As of the end of August, we've donated $16,240 through our SEED program.
We're proud to participate in the annual Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn.
Snackfest 2018: we stocked the break rooms at Cascadia Elementary and Shuksan Middle School.
Our baristas generously donate all of their tips. As of June, the 2018 total donation is already $7,895.