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Join us as we flyer the west side with members from BuildingYouth. We will meet at the WBNA at 5pm on March 2nd. Send us an email if you'd like to help out!
Dear Member-Owner of Urban Greens Food Co-op,
Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting Sunday, November 6th at 6:00 pm at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, 1560 Westminster St. The Annual Meeting is an important time for all Member-Owners to come together to:
• Renew your excitement about bringing a food co-op to the west side of Providence
• Get updated and filled-in on what the council has been working on
• Vote for new council members
• Come and hang out with your neighbors, friends, and fellow co-op enthusiasts
• Bring a pie for our First Annual Pie Contest!
• Learn about opportunities to get more involved
Before the meeting please email us nominations for new council members and consider nominating yourself. Council membership involves working with a small core group of member-owners to help make the co-op a reality – time commitment is flexible and council members are encouraged to work on things that they are most interested in.
The council will be bringing soup and bread to the meeting – and though this is not a traditional potluck, you are welcome to bring a dish to share as well (and don’t forget your soon-to-be-award-winning pie!). Child care will be provided and children are most welcome. We will also be collecting nonperishable food donations for the Rhode Island Food Bank -- please bring a nonperishable food item with you. For a list of the most-needed items, please go to http://www.rifoodbank.org (click on “Get Involved”, then “Donate Food”).
Additionally, we just wanted to remind you about our partnership with the local nonprofit, People’s Power & Light.
Local, healthy food & Local, green energy – A perfect pairing
It is great that you already make the sustainable choice to support local, natural food with Urban Greens, and now you can support local energy resources too! Sign up to get 100% green power right now with New England GreenStartSM to say, “Yes, in my back yard!”
When you sign up you’ll still receive the same service from National Grid, but your electricity usage will be matched with local renewable energy resources to displace the fossil fuel and nuclear resources that your electricity payments otherwise support. New England GreenStart costs a little more in addition to your regular electricity service. To switch 100% of your electricity consumption to support clean power, it's an additional 2.4 cents per kilowatt hour, or about $14 a month for the average home. And since People’s Power & Light is a non-profit, the premium is 100% tax-deductible on your federal taxes!
When you join GreenStart, you can also support Urban Greens Food Co-op! If you let People’s Power & Light know you heard about them from us, they will make a $100 donation to Urban Greens for your first year of being a GreenStart member.
To sign up for New England GreenStart, fill in your personal information along your National Grid electricity account number on the enclosed postcard, and just drop it in the mail. You can also learn more and sign up by going to www.ripower.org or by calling People's Power & Light at 401-861-6111.
We look forward to working with you to build a more sustainable future!
The Urban Greens Cooperative Council
Corey Auger Kristin DiVona
Carey Jones Michelle Sheehan
Cassie Tharinger Philip Trevvett
Urban Greens' 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast!
Saturday, June 4th, 9AM - 12PM Federal Hill House, 9 Courtland Street
$8 buys you an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and Equal Exchange coffee! Gluten free and vegan options will be available, and kids under 5 eat free! Discounts for large families!!
Join us in celebrating the success of signing up over 250 member-owners while listening to some great local acoustic music from The Benedictions, participate in a raffle of local goodies, and of course enjoy a great meal with fellow community members.
If you haven't joined the co-op as a founding member, join at the breakfast! Find out why it is so important for you to buy a share early so that the co-op can become a reality. Learn about the co-op's plans for the future and how you might be able to get involved.
RSVP on Facebook
Want to really join in the fun of this event? We're looking for volunteers to help flip cakes, set up and decorate on Friday before the event, serve food, bus tables, sell raffle tickets, and much more. All volunteers eat for free!
To volunteer or donate raffle items, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at Federal Hill House on June 4th!
The Urban Greens Cooperative Council
Corey Auger, Bridget Dignan, Kristin DiVona, Jenna Hecker, Carey Jones, Deborah Rosenberg, and Michelle Sheehan
Please join us for our 2010 Annual Membership meeting. Soup and Bread will be provided. We will also be collecting nonperishable food donations for the Rhode Island Food Bank -- please bring a nonperishable food item with you! For a list of the most-needed items, please go to rifoodbank.org. (If you'd like to bring food to share at the meeting, feel free to bring a dessert.)
This is also a call for nominations! We’re looking for... enthusiastic folks to work cooperatively in areas such as marketing and PR, funding, membership cultivation and outreach, construction and commercial real estate issues and other pressing work. At the meeting, we will be reviewing these nominations and electing new members to the Cooperative Council. Each council member serves a term of three years. As there is a lot of work to be done, joining the Council at this time requires a commitment of at least two hours per week.
If you would like to nominate yourself or another co-op member-owner, please email email@example.com by 5 pm on November 10th. Members will receive a list of eligible nominees by email.
Providence needs a co-op, and to make it happen, volunteers are needed!
...set up a table at events, distribute information and answer questions about the Co-op?
...write thank-you notes?
...paint signs or banners?
...ask businesses for donations?
...type handwritten information into a spreadsheet?
...help prepare mailings?
...bake for a bake sale?
...visit local businesses to pick up supplies and donations?
...write press releases and promote events online?
...put up posters and flyers around your neighborhood?
These are just a few of the things that it takes to conduct a successful membership drive. Urban Greens Food Co-op now has over 225 member-owners, and it will take a lot of us working together to get the word out about Providence's co-op, and to gain more member-owners so that we can open our doors!
Join us at the Hudson St. Deli at 68 Hudson St. on August 24th for a Volunteer Orientation. Grab a bite to eat at 6:30, and we'll start the orientation by 7. By 8:00, you will not only know how you can help, but you will also have a better understanding of the Co-op so that you can answer the questions of your fellow community members.
RSVP on Facebook (or just show up!)
Hope to see you there!
Your Urban Greens Food Co-op Council
Bridget Dignan (Chair) | Hillary Adams (Vice Chair)
Michelle Sheehan (Secretary) | Kristin Divona (Treasurer)
Corey Auger | Carey Jones | Craig O'Connor
Stephanie Obodda | Deb Rosenberg