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Members of PACA (listed alphabetically)
Ambler Food Co-op is a startup consumer food co-op organizing to open a location in Ambler, PA. As of March 2015, they have more than 200 members.
AORTA is a worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training, and planning. We base our work on an intersectional approach to liberation because we believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression.
Ardent Credit Union is a community charter credit union that provides accessible banking opportunities to individuals and companies. Founded in 1977 as Sb1 Federal Credit Union, Ardent serves the Philadelphia community and beyond. As of the beginning of 2014, the credit union had over 32,000 members.
Three Childspace Daycare Centers in different Philadelphia neighborhoods provide daycare and afterschool care for children aged four months through kindergarten. The first daycare center opened in Mt. Airy in 1988. The two additional centers were later opened in Germantown and West Philadelphia. The Childspace Centers operate by a two part organizational model that consists of a board comprised of Childspace parents, staff and community supports and a worker cooperative of Childspace staff who are member-owners of the centers.
CreekSide Co-op is a cooperative member-owned food market in Cheltenham Township providing products and services that are responsive to the values of its ownership and fostering connections among the people of its diverse community.
The Energy Co-op is a consumer co-op that supplies renewable energy to residents of Philadelphia and five surrounding counties. Established in 1979, The Energy Co-op provides electricity, heating oil and biodiesel. While most energy co-ops are based out-of-state, The Energy Co-op is the only locally based energy co-op in the area and is currently over 6,500 members strong.
Fishtown Playschool is a cooperative preschool program for children ages 2.5 – 5 in the Fishtown neighborhood in Philadelphia. Fishtown Playschool was founded in 2014 by parents in the neighborhood.
The Greene Street Artists Cooperative is an artist-owned and operated living and work space. Founded in 1989, the artist co-op is located in an old factory building in Germantown and consists of 17 living/studio units where artists live and do their creative work. In addition to being a housing and work space for its members, Greene Street Artists Cooperative periodically hosts open studios, classes and art events that are open to the public.
Home Care Associates is a worker-owned, home care service provider that offers in-home medical care, personal care and household chores. The cooperative provides both one-time and ongoing care. Home Care Associates also serves its worker-owners and employees through an intensive, skill-building training program. In 2014, Home Care Associates was the third-largest women-owned business in the Philadelphia region.
Kensington Community Food Co-op is a startup consumer food co-op in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. They began organizing in 2008 and currently have over 800 members. In late 2014, KCFC secured a store location, which they aim to open in 2016.
The Life Center Association, or LCA for short, is a non-profit housing co-op and land trust based in West Philadelphia that consists of nine cooperatively run properties—seven houses, one apartment, and one community garden. Founded in 1971 with the intent of providing affordable housing primarily to activists, the LCA has grown over the years in both membership and properties, but its grounding in the cooperative model has remained.
Mariposa Food Co-op is a consumer food co-op located in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Founded in the late 1970’s, In 2012, Mariposa moved into a new and larger location down the street from its founding space. With the move, Mariposa’s hours and membership increased significantly and the food co-op is now open seven days a week and has a membership of over 1,700.
The Philadelphia Free School is a democratic school operated by its students, staff, parents, and community members. Each individual in the school community, ages 4-19, has one vote in decision making. The School Assembly consists of all of these members and decides broad policies of the school.
Project Learn School is an independent cooperative school in the Mt. Airy neighborhood in Philadelphia serving 80 students grades K-8. Project Learn School was founded in 1970 by parents in the neighborhood.
South Philly Food Co-op is a startup consumer food co-op that began organizing in 2010. Founded by South Philly residents, the co-op is still in its planning stages but already has a growing membership of over 650 member-owners. While still developing, in addition to sourcing a variety of fairly priced foods, South Philly Food Co-op also envisions partnering with other local businesses.
Sun Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, cooperative credit union. Founded in 1950, Sun Federal has branch locations in Philadelphia and in multiple states in addition to Pennsylvania. Like other credit unions, Sun Federal does not pay stockholders and has a volunteer board of directors that customer-members elect. The credit union is currently 30,000 members and growing.
Valley Greene Apartments
Valley Greene Apartments is a housing co-op located on the banks of the Wissahickon that was established in 1963. Formerly Ethan Allen Colonial Apartments, Inc., the purpose of the corporation is to provide homes for its shareholders under a proprietary lease. Ethan Allen believed that people had certain unalienable rights: life, liberty and property and that middle class families should own property. This is the motivation behind Valley Greene Apartments, a housing cooperative in which the living arrangement is such that the tenants are the landlord.
W/N W/N (pronounced “Win Win”) Coffee Bar is a worker co-op cafe and bar located at 931 Spring Garden St. in Philadelphia. W/N W/N opened in 2014.
Weavers Way Co-op is a long established Philadelphia food co-op. Founded in the early 1970’s, Weavers Way has grown exponentially from its initial location in a small, rented deli to its four retail locations today. Located in Northwest Philadelphia, there are currently over 5,000 households who are member-owners of the co-op, representing more than 10,000 people. Weavers Way is also intentional about supporting and sourcing local, sustainable foods and has two local CSA farms which both sell food and offer educational initiatives.
West Chester Food Co-op is a start-up consumer food co-op that began organizing in 2014. They launched a membership drive in 2015 and are actively recruiting new members in the West Chester area.
West Philadelphia Cooperative School is a school cooperative serving children ages 2-6 in West Philadelphia. It was founded in 2005 by parents in the neighborhood and currently has more than 20 member families.
In March, 2015 US Server Net converted their web hosting company to a consumer cooperative that provides hosting and related services, online publishing products and education for members, operating in adherence to cooperative principles.