Fall 2019 News & Updates
October was Coop Month!
We spent the whole month of October celebrating cooperatives by participating in a variety of events and meeting new people in the coop community.
Kicked-off Coop Month by hosting an event for local coops at PV Squared
Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy
Members from our team went to the USFWC Eastern Conference in Baltimore. It was an inspiring weekend full of cooperative learning and visionary thinking, and our team had an amazing time meeting other current and aspiring worker-owned cooperatives from along the east coast!
Miles of Cooperation in Greenfield, MA
Franklin Community Coop hosted the Miles of Cooperation event in Greenfield as an opportunity for people in the community to meet their local coops.
Coop Month Broadcast with WHMP
Every October, WHMP features a Coop Month broadcast on the Bill Newman Show. This year we were on the panel with River Valley Coop, Franklin Community Coop, UMass Five College Credit Union, Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, and Our Family Farms. Check out the podcast here.
All-Coop at the Hitchcock Center
Every quarter we have an all-coop meeting where everyone in the company comes together for a day full of team building exercises, workshops, and coop-wide updates. We loved having our meeting at the Hitchcock Center this fall!
We’ve also been busy volunteering!
Every September we volunteer at the Source to Sea Cleanup for the Connecticut River Conservancy, and Will Bike 4 Food for the Food Bank of Western Mass. These volunteer events always fall on the same weekend and our team continues to have a blast!
We’re also currently doing an internal clothing drive for Craig’s Doors, a homeless shelter in Amherst, and gearing up for the Ray Brown Memorial 9k for K9 race, an event benefiting the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter.
As always, we’re out and about installing a variety of solar projects throughout western Massachusetts. Here are some photos (with fall foliage!) from installations in Hawley, Belchertown, Northampton, Leverett, Greenfield, and Montague.