Passionately Devoted to Helping Local Communities

Because cooperatives are so connected to their communities, they make a big impact by giving back. In fact, cooperatives in the United States have contributed to the 270,000 community service hours logged in the past four years through Reward Volunteers.

Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility

Cooperatives go beyond corporate social responsibility. They are actively engaged in the communities where they do business. The owners of cooperatives are members of the community and have a vested interest in making the community stronger. For cooperatives, it’s about doing what is right and not just about checking corporate social responsibility off the company to-do list.

Read our stories below to see just how much cooperatives care.

Welcommon: A Co-op Hostel in Greece Standing with Refugees

Syrian mother Falek Kourini seeks refuge for her two surviving sons on the mainland of Greece. Her husband and third son were killed as a result of growing violence in Syria. Her youngest son, Morad, was injured in a missile attack in Syria. Falek explains her motivation for leaving: “When I lost my son I…

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Celebrating World Environment Day the Cooperative Way

Today is World Environment Day, designed by the United Nations to inspire all of us to take a moment to appreciate our collective home. World Environment Day is the perfect time to celebrate the earth and its many resources that support us. Today, the UN asks that we take action to preserve the environment and…

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5 Ways Co-ops Support Veterans

While reflecting this Memorial Day, we are reminded of the many sacrifices that service men and women make to protect our country. We are forever indebted to them for their bravery in putting the needs of their country and fellow citizens above their own. Co-ops, as mission-driven organizations, show their concern for community in many unique…

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Farmers vs. Gamers: A Tale of Friendly Competition on the Farm

Global electronics and video game company Nintendo recently came out with the Nintendo Switch gaming console that includes a brand new game called 1-2-Switch. Farmers at Billings Farm & Museum, a Cabot Creamery Co-operative farm family from Woodstock, Vermont, caught wind of the cow milking mini-game of 1-2-Switch. Eager to test it out, the farmers…

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Co-ops Inspired Hope During the Recession

On April 6, 2009, as the global economy continued to decline and the financial crisis grew, a glimmer of hope appeared in a long feature published in the New York Times about cooperative businesses. Within the 4-page-long feature, cooperatives were described as the “epitome of democracy” by Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing for…

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