The Give Where You Live Campaign is a national effort to support food cooperatives across the U.S. in building local Cooperative Community Funds.
Sponsored by the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation, each fund will serve as a means for co-op members and shoppers to make donations to an endowment that donates to local non-profit organizations.
The interest earned by each Fund will be given annually to local groups working on issues relating to sustainable agriculture and organic food, hunger and social issues, environmental protection and cooperatives.
The Give Where You Live Campaign represents each Co-op's special effort to give back to those deserving--and hard working--groups that build community.
Give Where You Live! Because great organizations begin here.
The East End Food Co-op supports local farmers and local economy initiatives, stocks the café with food from urban farms, carries as much local product as is available, supports upstart co-ops, makes monthly donations to deserving community organizations and is involved in green development and co-op education. EEFC was recognized with two important awards for our community engagement this year from a major farm advocate, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and from a pioneering anti-hunger organization, Just Harvest. Yet we did not have a designated financial entity with the mission of furthering our efforts toward these Ends until we joined forces with Twin Pines to initiate a Cooperative Community Fund in 2009. A CCF in the Pittsburgh region enables our co-op to live into our Ends more fully and publicly than we have in the past. With the growth of the East End Co-op Community Fund, we are empowered to support local co-op development, of which we are seeing significant increase in the past two years. We will be more strategic with our current giving and be able to give more than we have in the past to deserving local nonprofits. We will be able to celebrate our community every year as we help it to thrive through our CCF, creating a sense of collective accomplishment among those who give to the fund and those who shape our community through it.