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Central Community Partners
As a cooperative, Central Co-op is guided by seven internationally recognized principles, including Cooperative Principle 7: Concern for Community. We are dedicated to supporting the crucial work of community organizations. Through our Community Partners program, we are able to provide ongoing support to organizations whose work helps realize our vision of a just, sustainable world.
Our Community Partners are selected annually and receive financial and institutional support from Central Co-op for their work to nourish, empower, and sustain healthy communities. Central Co-op also makes small contributions to community organizations and events throughout the year via our Community Donations program.
Central Co-op is seeking nominations for 2014 Community Partners. If you know or are part of an organization you think is exemplary of our contribution criteria, get in touch with webster walker, our Community Outreach administrator, at email@example.com. The criteria guide our selections, and nominees need not meet all of them for consideration. The deadline to submit nominations is December 15, 2013.
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If you are seeking a larger one-time sponsorship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Community Partners
Born in the aftermath of the WTO protests in Seattle, CAGJ is thriving in its 13th year, with a focus on the local food economy. CAGJ has three programs: the Trade Justice Project focuses on fair trade, international solidarity, and the trade agreements that structure global and local economies; the Food Justice Project works to transform the food system and promote community food sovereignty; AGRA Watch watchdogs the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations’ GMO-friendly Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. CAGJ recently published the expanded 2nd edition of the breakthrough CAGJ book “Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice” with a new foreword by renowned author Raj Patel. Their major annual event SLEE: Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere took place September 7 at University Christian Church.
Our longest-standing community partner, CCEJ used our support in 2012 to rebuild institutional strength after reorganizing with an all-volunteer board and staff. Grassroots community organizing and coalition building around community-directed priorities are the hallmarks of CCEJ: joining in the Clean and Safe Ports Campaign for fair and safe working conditions for port truck drivers; community mobilization with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle on the Healthy Foods for South Park project; and serving as fiscal sponsor for the Hilltop Urban Gardens in Tacoma, an urban food justice project launched by former CCEJ board member Dean Jackson.
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Clean Greens is launching new projects while continuing to develop their community-directed agricultural enterprise. Founded in 2008 to make nutritionally dense and culturally appropriate “clean greens” accessible in the heart of Seattle’s African American neighborhoods, Clean Greens runs a rental farm on 23 acres in Duvall, 25 miles east of Seattle; a farm stand June through November at their home base on 21st off Yesler; and a second stand in Columbia City. Locals subscribe to the Clean Greens CSA to get a box of fresh produce delivered weekly in season; 50% of the boxes are delivered to low-income families at no cost. The GREAN House: Growing and Retrofitting Ecofriendly Agricultural Neighborhoods, is the newest effort, an urban sustainability project at 21st and Yesler that will house a garden, commercial kitchen, cafe and community room, with a rooftop photovoltaic solar array.
Our newest partner, Got Green – dedicated to “Environment, Equity, and Opportunity”– was founded to fight so that “the benefits of the new, green economy – green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient homes, and public transit – are widely available to low income communities of color.” Following an extensive community survey of priorities, Got Green is taking direction from the communities they serve, and focusing on Access to Healthy Foods, working to put more “healthy food dollars” into the pockets of low-income women. “The community’s providing itself with wholesome food” is in our founding purpose, so when Got Green approached us about a partnership it was a natural.
MTFH is an alliance of local churches that developed their own standards to purchase, prepare and provide healthy food in their programs and events, to take control of their own community health. Central Co-op brings our decades of experience and expertise at selecting and offering wholesome foods, and with our Institutional Buyer Program we offer four neighborhood churches a discount on institutional purchases, plus a modest subsidy for food for their children and youth programs: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mount Zion Baptist Church.