Rainbow Grocery is proud to support the development of worker-owned cooperatives in the Bay Area through our Cooperative Grant Program. By supporting these groups, we are supporting the movement to create democratic worker-ownership and living-wage jobs in our community.
SCRUF Pet Care Collective is graduate from the 2016 Worker Coop Academy (recipient of a Rainbow Coop Grant in 2014!). SCRUF is short for “Your Special Creature’s Responsible Urban Friend – Pet Care Collective.” SCRUF’s mission is to create an accessible educational environment that supports worker-owners in providing excellent pet care. Their vision is to raise local pet care standards while providing sustainable and enjoyable jobs for people who struggle to find employment.
Loconomics is a freelancer and worker-owned cooperative. They are part of a growing movement called “Platform Cooperativism.” Loconomics is an on-demand marketplace for clients to book local services and gives service professionals the tools and technology needed to run their own business. The sharing economy and on-demand platforms are changing how everyone does business, how people are employed, and how we consume. Loconomics is using this new technology to create an on-demand marketplace that also puts workers first and gives them ownership in the platform itself.
Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative is a small coffee roaster located in Emeryville California. They buy all of their coffee beans exclusively from Cooperative Coffees Inc. a green bean importing cooperative that represents partner farming cooperatives in coffee growing regions around the world and member coffee roasters in North America and Canada. Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative grew out of a desire to play a role in bringing to market the finest organic, fair trade coffee while creating a work environment that respects the rights and dignity of all who work to produce it.
The Worker Coop Academy assists worker cooperatives that provide good jobs for low- to moderate-income workers. The second Academy will be held in the East Bay beginning in September 2015. If you would like to be on their email list when applications become available, contact them here.
The Worker Coop Academy is an intensive multi-month training course educating teams of three or more who want to operate democratically-run, worker-owned enterprises. The six modules the Academy covers are:
Governance, Management, and Leadership
People and Culture
WAGES (Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security) is launching its 6th cooperative which will produce and sell sustainably sourced paletas (Mexican popsicles). For 15 years, WAGES has worked with low-income immigrant Latinas to launch green business cooperatives. Currently, WAGES supports five thriving cooperatives of more than 95 women, all of whom are worker-owners. Learn more about the new Paleta Cooperative here.
Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative is a multidisciplinary hub for local arts and culture in the Mission for over 25 years and began the process of converting to a worker-cooperative in 2012. As a new cooperative, Adobe strives to provide valuable literature, engaging art exhibits, local music and literary performance, as well as be a gathering space for the Mission community.