As part of the community, co-ops try to operate in a responsible, quiet and considerate manner.
return their earnins to local members, either in equity or cash. In
either case the money stays in the local community. That means shopping
at a co-op:
helps to strengthen the local economy.
keeps profits at home.
provides employment and stability for people in the local community.
Being locally owned and controlled means that co-ops are there to meet the needs of local residents, not outside investors.
believe in giving back to the community and typically support a wide
range of charitable and community organizations that contribute to the
social, cultural and recreational needs of the community.
Co-op employees are encouraged to volunteer with local community organizations.
Each individual co-op has its own way of contributing to the quality of life in its home community