Co-operatives exist for people to work together to enrich and improve their lives and their communities. Our region features producer, worker, consumer and secondary co-operatives that are communicating and practicing the co-operative advantage. Co-ops have been resilient in the current recession, preserving jobs, economic infrastructure and community wealth. Using the co-operative model people can share resources to gain greater access and control over food, finances and housing. Co-ops secure employment, build community and market products being guided by our shared principles, allowing members to live according to their values.


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Do you know about The Valley Advocate Best of Reader's Poll?
Here's the information you need to p #GoCoop with your vote! Cast it by Wednesday at noon!

Let's show the valley how great our co-ops are! Included in this ballot are a dozen or so co-ops in our region including Old Creamery Co-op Collective Copies Brattleboro Holistic Health Center (BHHC) Pedal People PV Squared River Valley Co-op Franklin Community Co-op UMassFive College Credit Union Freedom Credit Union Franklin First Federal Credit Union Co-op 108 Real Pickles Leverett Village Coop and Simple Diaper & Linen.
Thanks to Neighboring Food Co-op Association, Franklin Community Co-op and Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives.

Cooperative Fund of New England Co-operative News National Cooperative Business Association Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO).
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Come see co-operators speak about their experience and see representatives from co-op sectors at Franklin Community Co-op tonight at 6pm.
You'll see members and staff from Collective Copies Freedom Credit Union Real Pickles Neighboring Food Co-op Association Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives and more.
We'll also have Board members there you can ask any question to or just say hello!
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