October is National Co-op Month!
Each October, cooperatives all across the U.S. and Canada celebrate the role, accomplishments and contributions of cooperatives. The annual celebrations play a key role in promoting cooperatives to our members, the public and policy makers. Through a combination of media outreach, member education, and interaction with policy makers, co-op month events help raise the visibility of your cooperative, and improve public understanding of cooperatives.Research shows that when consumers know a business is a cooperative, they are more likely to do business with it. Though each cooperative chooses how to celebrate and promote its work during October, each year a planning committee of national cooperative associations representing cooperatives of all types develops a national, unified theme and provides supporting materials that help individual co-ops celebrate their accomplishments. Reflecting the diversity of the cooperative sector, and the community-wide nature of Cooperative Month, the committee works together to fund, develop and implement Co-op Month activities.
This year, Isla Vista Food Co-op will be utilizing Co-op Month as a means of educating our customers about why shopping Co-op is so awesome! Stop by late next week to pick up your Co-op Month newsletter and read more stories of Co-op successes!
Then come to our first ever Country Fair and Annual General Membership Gathering on October 25th (11am-4pm) to learn from other local community groups, take part in hands-on demonsrations and workshops, and listen to the State of the Cooperative report at High Noon!