Renaissance lists job openings, targets autumn open

masthead-12.14.15Northeast Greensboro’s 18-year trek through a desert – a food desert – is about to end. The Renaissance Community Co-op, a 10,530 square member-owned  grocery store, plans to wrap up construction and open in the fall. To prepare for the as-yet undetermined soft and grand opening events, job openings have been posted by the co-op.

RCC has already hired Michael Valente as its general manager. According to its web site, the RCC will be a full-service grocery store that sells a wide range of fresh foods and groceries at affordable prices. The co-op will bring good jobs, healthy living options, and community wealth to a neighborhood that struggles with obesity, diabetes, unemployment, and poverty.

The RCC will also serve as the anchor to the renovated Renaissance Shops, which is a shopping center that previously held a Winn-Dixie grocery store.

Engagement, Education Purpose of Council’s “Mini Co-op 101” Series

CCNC Executive Director Emily Nail says the Mini Co-op 101 sessions will be fun, interactive and informative.

CCNC Executive Director Emily Nail says the Mini Co-op 101 sessions will be fun, interactive and informative.

The Cooperative Council of North Carolina has scheduled a series of events aimed at connecting cooperative employees, while providing a primer on principles education. “Mini Co-op 101” takes place August 24, September 14 and October 13.

“The Council is strongly committed to providing opportunities for co-ops and their employees to connect, as well as provide opportunities for professional development,” shared CCNC Executive Director Emily Nail. “Not everyone can attend a meeting in another part of the state, and so the idea behind Mini Co-op 101 is for us to take the meeting where people live and work.” Continue reading

Credit Union Staff Increase Empathy, Knowledge Through Life Simulation

Clinton Barry (Greenville FCU) approaches Kerri Smith (Turbine FCU) to pawn a refrigerator to raise extra money.

Clinton Barry (Greenville FCU) approaches Kerri Smith (Turbine FCU) to pawn a refrigerator to raise extra money.

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience. —Immanuel Kant

A few months ago, The Bridge focused on the Reality of Money, a credit union financial simulation for high school students in North Carolina and South Carolina. The aim of that program of course is to prepare students for adult life and to help students have a greater awareness of the value of sound money management, getting an education and making good life choices.  Continue reading

What’s New at the NC Cooperative Council

Emily Nail of the NC Cooperative Council is back with an update on events coming later this year, including the Mini Co-op 101 series that starts later this month, the Cabot Community Tour making a visit to the Carolinas beginning in September, and Co-op Dynamics coming in November. Learn more about these and other initiatives of the council by visiting their web site. You can also follow the council on Twitter @NC_Coops.

Coming Together to Feed the Hungry in Orange County

(Editor’s note: this guest post is written by Brenda Camp, who directs community outreach at Weaver Street Market. It is a companion piece to the features here and here.)

WSM1Shoppers entering a Weaver Street Market (WSM) store are immediately greeted by bins mounded high with colorful, vibrant fruits and vegetables. Our natural, organic, and local produce is a big draw for our shoppers—15% of our sales come from produce. For us that’s an important measure of success. Connecting our owners and shoppers with food that is healthy, tasty, and fun is one of our 2020 Goals. Two years ago, a community volunteer, Mary Carey, came to us with a very different vision of success. She and leaders from four local hunger-relief organizations reminded us that there are many, many in our community who do not have enough food for their families.  Continue reading