National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), on behalf of its 122 member and associate food co-ops nationwide, has contributed $5,000 to the Hurricane Irene Cooperative Recovery Fund, established by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF).
In making the fund’s initial donations along with the National Consumer Cooperative Bank, which also contributed $5,000, NCGA seeks to help in the recovery of the cooperative community that was in the path of Hurricane Irene. They also are encouraging others who can to make a donation atwww.cdf.coop.
The fund will direct tax-deductible contributions to individuals who are co-op members or staff, farmers who supply food co-ops and cooperative businesses in impacted areas who have experienced losses.
The fund welcomes contributions from the general public as well as from the cooperative business community; contributions to the fund are tax deductible.
“Regions throughout the United States have been hit by a devastating series of storms, tornadoes, floods and wildfires. In the latest major storm, Hurricane Irene, the victims again include co-ops and their members, and we want to help,” said CDF Executive Director, Liz Bailey. “The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) applauds the resiliency of the people affected and the extraordinary work being done by government response teams and disaster relief agencies. We encourage your support for relief efforts that are providing invaluable support for victims, but we also ask you to consider a donation to this Fund which is focused on recovery of cooperatives, their suppliers, and their members.”
“Two of the seven cooperative principles are ‘Concern for the Community’ and ‘Cooperation Among Cooperatives,’” said Robynn Shrader, CEO for NCGA.“These two principles intersect in the case of this relief fund. Many of the farmers who support our co-ops along the East Coast have been deeply affected by Hurricane Irene. So have cooperative businesses. This is an opportunity for other co-ops and individuals who to take part in their recovery.”
NCGA and CDF will partner on this fund drive with their colleagues in the cooperative community. CDF will take no administrative fee for funds raised, to assure that 100% of the funds donated reach the people and organizations who need help. CDF’s primary points of contact in the affected area will be the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association which will assist in identifying and dispersing funds to those with the greatest needs.
Other partners who will assist in outreach and identification of needs include: Cooperative Development Institute, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Online donations to the Hurricane Irene Cooperative Recovery Fund can be made at www.cdf.coop. Checks can be made out to CDF-Irene Fund and sent to:CDF at 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22202. For more information, contact Ellen Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.383.8094.