This month, Rainbow was honored to support the Coop Readiness Institute, hosted by Prospera/WAGES. Worker-owners, coop developers and attendees came together to spend two days learning about one subject: how to start a worker-owned cooperative. Rainbow worker-owners John Baez and Yilda Campos (far right in photo above) spoke on a panel of worker-owners with Home Green Home and Arizmendi Valencia to share their experiences, best practices, and insight on what it takes to run a successful cooperative. Rainbow was also happy to provide a scholarship grant so that 10 participants were able to receive scholarships to attend the Institute.
Attendees said that they left the Institute with a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to develop a cooperative and a plan for next steps, including tools, resources, and contacts. Rainbow is committed to fostering the development of worker-owned cooperatives in our communities through our Cooperative Grant Program. Through this program, we hope to make sustained change in our community. Together, we will be creating living wage, democratic jobs in the Bay Area and a workforce that will have the time, interest and resources to put back into our local community. Click here to find out more.