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National Co op Month

National Co-op Month: A Celebration of Community-Driven Business

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October is National Co-op Month, an annual celebration of cooperatives nationwide. Cooperatives are businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by their members. They operate in every sector of the economy, from agriculture and housing to healthcare and energy.

Cooperatives are important because they offer a unique way of doing business that is focused on the needs of their members and the community. Cooperatives are committed to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and economic democracy.

The Importance of Cooperatives

Cooperatives play a vital role in the economy and in communities. They create jobs, provide goods and services at affordable prices, and support local economies. Cooperatives are also democratic institutions that give members a voice in how their businesses are run.

Cooperatives are particularly important in rural and underserved communities. They can provide essential services that would not otherwise be available. For example, many rural communities rely on cooperative grocery stores for food and other necessities.

Cooperatives are also at the forefront of the fight against climate change. They are investing in renewable energy and developing sustainable practices. For example, many cooperative farms are using organic and regenerative farming methods.

How Cooperatives Benefit the Community

Cooperatives benefit the community in a number of ways. Here are just a few examples:

  • Job creation: Cooperatives are a major source of jobs in the United States. They employ over 2 million people and contribute billions of dollars to the economy.
  • Affordable goods and services: Cooperatives are committed to providing their members with affordable goods and services. They often offer lower prices than traditional businesses because they are not profit-driven.
  • Local economic development: Cooperatives support local economies by keeping profits in the community. They also invest in local businesses and create jobs.
  • Democratic participation: Cooperatives are democratic institutions that give members a voice in how their businesses are run. This helps to ensure that businesses are accountable to the people they serve.
  • Social responsibility and environmental sustainability: Cooperatives are committed to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. They often invest in renewable energy and develop sustainable practices.

Examples of Successful Cooperatives

There are many successful cooperatives operating in the United States today. Here are just a few examples:

  • Frontier Natural Products is a a member-owned cooperative that has been providing high-quality natural and organic products to consumers for over 45 years. The company is headquartered in Norway, Iowa, and has a distribution center in Eugene, Oregon.
  • REI is a cooperative retailer of outdoor gear and apparel. It is owned by its over 20 million members and is committed to sustainability and social responsibility.
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries is a cooperative of cranberry growers. It is one of the largest cranberry cooperatives in the world and is known for its cranberry products, such as cranberry juice and cranberry sauce.
  • Land O’Lakes is a cooperative of dairy farmers. It is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the United States and is known for its dairy products, such as butter and cheese.
  • Trudeau Farmers Cooperative is a cooperative of dairy farmers in Wisconsin. It is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in Wisconsin and is known for its dairy products, such as milk and yogurt.
  • Cooperative Home Care Associates is a cooperative of home care workers in New York. It is one of the largest home care cooperatives in New York and provides essential services to the elderly and disabled.

How to Get Involved in the Cooperative Movement

There are many ways to get involved in the cooperative movement. Here are a few ideas:

  • Join a cooperative: There are cooperatives operating in every sector of the economy. You can find a cooperative to join by searching online or contacting your local cooperative council.
  • Support cooperative businesses: When you shop or do business with cooperatives, you are supporting the cooperative movement. Look for the cooperative seal when you are shopping or doing business to identify cooperative businesses.
  • Get involved in your community cooperative: Many cooperatives have opportunities for members to get involved in their governance and operations. You can get involved by attending board meetings, volunteering, or running for office.
  • Support the cooperative movement: There are a number of organizations that work to support the cooperative movement. You can support these organizations by donating or volunteering your time.

Cooperatives are a unique and important type of business. They are owned and democratically controlled by their members, and they are committed to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and economic democracy.

Cooperatives play a vital role in the economy and in communities. They create jobs, provide goods and services at affordable prices, and support local economies. Cooperatives are also democratic institutions that give members a voice in how their businesses are run.

If you are looking for a way to support the cooperative movement, there are many things you can do. When you support California Herban Life you are support many Coops like Frontier Co-op, Simply Organic, Aura Cacia, and Equal Exchange.

For every purchase made in October you will earn an extra 200 CaHerban Life Perks Points.  Shop now and support the Co-op.