CO-OP PRINCIPLES IN ACTION: Concern for Community

All cooperative enterprise, no matter where it is in the world, follows a set of fundamental statements that serve as the foundation for the way we do business. They’re called the Cooperative Principles. There are seven of them and as a co-op; AFC uses them as guidelines to put our values into practice.

The 7th Principle, or P7 for short, is Concern for Community. It addresses how co-ops work for the sustainable development of their communities. For AFC, the highlight of our P7 activity is our Community Grant program. It is the most visible way your co-op gives back to the community, through small grants to local non-profits. There are four categories for grants: environmental stewardship, environmental/sustainability education, education programs focused on food, nutrition and health, and food or supportive services for people in need.

Please join us in congratulating the wonderful organizations that received a total of $23,000 in Co-op Community Grants!

  • Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland
  • Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)
  • Ashland Food Angels
  • Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
  • Ashland Food Project
  • Southern Oregon Regional Environmental Education Leaders (SORELL)
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners (BCWEP)
  • Lotus Rising Project
  • Lomakatsi Restoration Project
  • NeighborWorks Umpqua
  • Oahspe Foundation & Eloin Wilderness Preserve
  • Peace House
  • Pollinator Project Rogue Valley (PPRV)
  • SOESD Migrant Education Program
  • Rogue Valley Council of Governments
  • BeeGirl
  • Bellview Elementary
  • Asante Ashland Community Hospital
  • Helman Elementary
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley
  • Madrone Trail Public Charter School
  • La Clinica
  • Natives of One Wind Indigenous Alliance/Red Earth Descendants
  • Rogue Valley Farm to School
  • Rogue River School District #35
  • The Rose Circle Mentoring Network
  • Sanctuary One
  • Talent Great Green Garden
  • Science Works Hands-on Museum
  • Siskiyou Field Institute