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Wednesday
Mar132019

You're Fueling Great Work in Our Community!

Tuesday
Mar122019

Cooperative Principle #1: Voluntary and Open Membership

Hello PFC Peeps!
 
Did you know that, as a consumer cooperative, PFC is inherently designed to give our whole community access to ownership of a business, AND a say in the direction of that business? It's true! Let me tell you more....
 
As a consumer cooperative, one of several co-op models, PFC adheres to the International Cooperative Alliance's Seven Cooperative Principles developed to align and inspire the cooperative movement to live up to our promise for changing the world.
 
The first cooperative principle is: Voluntary and Open Membership 
 
Imagine a world in which communities had a say in what stores, banks, entertainment and amenities were on the corner of neighborhood blocks. Well at PFC, that future is now. Our community built this business from our start in 1970 in a basement on Davis Street, to our beautiful new home on Harrison today, to our operation of some of the best farmers markets our area has to offer: our community built that, together. 
 
And we built it by sharing the financial load in small increments across lots of folks.
 
At PFC, you don't have to be an owner to shop (voluntary), and anyone who wants to become an owner is welcome (open). Furthermore, we balance the capital needs of PFC with our goal to limit barriers by making the investment high enough to matter, so $250, and with options to invest a little bit at a time, $10 per month, or $50 per year. That investment is always yours, kept in your name, and used to make a difference in the ways that only PFC can.
 
If you're an owner, thank you! It matters, and is fundamental to cooperation. If you're not yet an owner, become one today!
 
We've been making a difference in Kalamazoo for 48 years, and can for 48 more with your commitment. Thank you for being part of PFC!
 
Until next week!
Chris
 

 

Thursday
Feb282019

You're Fueling Amazing Work in Our Community

Hello PFC friends!

Thanks to all of you who came out for this last weekend's Owner Appreciation Days. We truly wouldn't be here if it weren't for the commitment of all our regular shoppers. Thank you!

Thank you too for fueling the amazing work of many non-profits in our community through the Change for Change program. Last year, we worked together to put over $26,000 to work in Kalamazoo to support everything from bike maintenance and social skills for youth to Black Arts programming.

For March, PFC has chosen Kazoo School needs-based scholarships. The Kazoo School has been in Kalamazoo since 1972, providing progressive education to young people. Please round up this month to support more youth having access to this educational gem in our community.

For the coming months, you'll see us rounding up for the following Kalamazoo-based non-profit organizations:

  • April: According to the ACLU, if people newly in recovery or returning to communities after prison have access to housing and employment within the first 30 to 45 days of re-entry, the likelihood of repeat offenses (recidivism) and or relapse are lowered by 72 percent. This spring a village of tiny houses will be built on Kalamazoo's Northside by Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. to provide housing for those situations.  
  • May: Providing opportunities for moms and community to connect, Mothers of Hope empowers and strengthens women, families, and communities to rise above the effects of substance use disorders, poverty, violence and systemic inequities.
  • June: In their 10th year of doing good, Merze Tate Explorers is a club for girls with the goal of exposing them to new experiences from meeting women in leadership roles, to a travel club for girls interested in traveling around their community and world to discover other women who have left an impact on the world.   


It's a pleasure to be doing and supporting good work in the community with these fine organizations and efforts, and with you.

Thank you!
Chris

 

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