October is Co-op Month

Happy Co-op Month!
The theme of this year’s Co-op Month, “Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community,” lifts up the communities at the heart of America’s more than 65,000 cooperative establishments. Because cooperatives are member-owned, their decision-making and operations all tie back to the communities they are a part of—offering a uniquely local approach to how we live, work, play, shop, grow and connect.

Join us for these co-op promotions, events and sales during October
  • All Month – Co-op educational spots on WHMP, WRSI and Hits 94.3 sponsored by VAWC. – Tune in!

  • All Month – Sale at Green Mountain Spinnery for any co-op member – All members of co-ops get 15% off all month. Check out their yarn, patterns and more here.

  • All Month – Sale at Collective Copies/Levellers Press – 20% off Co-op 108 and Equal Exchange products as well as 20% off worker co-op books.

  • October 14 – Annual Co-op Panel on WHMP on The Bill Newman Show Tune into WHMP from 9 am to 10 am to hear VAWC join other co-ops on the air!

  • Mid October – Shared Print ad in The Valley Advocate – VAWC will join co-ops of all kinds for a full page ad in the Advocate in mid October. Email info@vcba.coop if you want to participate and haven’t already, price is $150 or $100 for VCBA members.

  • October 18-20Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy in Baltimore, MD
VAWC Member Co-ops are encouraged to apply for $100 scholarship for registration. Email info@valleyworker.coop with name, co-op and why you want to attend the conference by Oct 11 end of day.


  • October 23 – Oxbow Design Build conversion party – The Boylston Room, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA – 6 pm – Join us to celebrate our latest conversion!

VAWC Member Co-ops are encouraged to apply for a 50% scholarship. To apply to attend the event (which is $900, you would pay only $450) email info@valleyworker.coop buy this Friday, October 4 at noon ET with:
  • Your name
  • Your co-op or affiliation
  • Why you want to attend the course, and,
  • How co-op associations like VAWC and NFCA assist your work.

Every October we have the opportunity to unite with co-operatives of all stripes to build on our shared Identity, Principles and Values. We can achieve so much more together than alone.