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Members of PACA (listed alphabetically)
A&Associates is start-up worker-owned bookkeeping co-op operating in Philadelphia. The co-op was formed out of PACA’s 20 Book Clubs, 20 Cooperatives program. Their worker-owners are passionate about self-help and responsibility, community engagement, justice, and equity. They believe cooperative businesses are essential to building a better world and that the the prospect of blending one’s passions with one’s craft gives new meaning to the word work.
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.
Bethlehem Food Co-op plans to open a community owned and operated grocery store in downtown Bethlehem. Their goals are to offer healthy, affordable, locally-focused food and informational workshops in a convenient neighborhood location.
We are a worker-owned production company focused on telling human stories that catalyze social change. We are filmmakers, writers, communicators, strategists, organizers, educators, musicians and artists with deep roots in the Philadelphia region.
The Brewers’ Co-op of Philadelphia is a collection of individuals, proud and passionate about their Craft, who are looking to enhance, educate, and expand the Philadelphia beer scene. The Brewers’ Co-op of Philadelphia plans to be Pennsylvania’s first and only beer producer cooperative. As a collection of eight individual teams, the Brewers’ Co-op will share the enjoyment and excitement of running a brewery, building a community, and becoming a flagship partner for all regional cooperatives.
Childspace Day Care Center, a non-profit organization which has a board made up of parents, child development specialists, community supporters and center staff, and Childspace Management Group, Inc., a worker cooperative whose member/owners are the Childspace staff. This model was designed to recognize the important roles that both parents and day care staff play while creating more opportunities and incentives for the day care staff to be committed and invested in the quality of the day care program. This model also reflects a desire to create better quality jobs in day care because we feel (and studies substantiate) better quality jobs are directly related to higher quality care for children.
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.
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.
Newark Natural Foods is a consumer-owned co-op located in Newark, DE. It was founded in 1967 and is committed to cultural transformation by nurturing economic, ecological, and social sustainability in the greater Newark community.
Soil Generation is a black-led radical gardening coalition. Members of the coalition are first and foremost local residents that participate in growing food for the communities in which they work and/or live. We are working to build the cohesive, grassroots movement needed to change our food system by combining our experiences, ideas and clout to build the radical movement needed to reform city policies and address racism that affects the health of our communities. Soil Generation is looking to become a multi-stakeholder cooperative to support the environmental justice and artistic interests of their members and the community they serve.
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.
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.
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.
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.