It Pays to be a Member

What are the benefits of joining a co-op?
There are many benefits to being a member-owner of a co-operative. In all co-ops:

  • you have some control in building a stronger community. The co-op is owned collectively by local people who make the decisions they feel will best serve the majority;
  • the money you spend at the co-op stays right in the community to be re-circulated for the benefit of all;
  • you have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors or on committees, giving you valuable experience that will benefit you in other areas of your life while helping your co-op at the same time; The following benefits vary depending on the size of your local co-operative. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • one-stop shopping for just about all of your shopping needs;
  • you take savings home every time you shop, on everything you buy;
  • a full selection of meats, produce and grocery items;
  • a good selection of quality family clothing, including many brand names like Reebok, Wolverine, and Brooks. There will also be small and large appliances, TVs, DVD players, stereos, etc. And all at fair, honest prices;
  • a Co-op gas bar service will offer considerable savings to member-owners through coupons that can be redeemed at the Co-op for merchandise. Members using home heating fuel will receive a special discount.
Who qualifies to be a member of a co-op?
Anyone can be member of a co-op if they agree to assume part of the financial responsibility of operating the business. The financial responsibility varies in each individual co-op.

What are the responsibilities of a co-op member?
Co-op members are required to invest capital in the co-operative and therefore become shareholders (owners). They are expected to support the business of the co-operative (it is in their interest). They are encouraged to participate in the running of the co-operative by contributing ideas and making decisions on the policies and future development of the society. They have the right to nominate and be nominated to hold office and vote in the general meetings. And if elected as a Board member, they are obliged to act in the best interest of the co-operative.