2012: The International Year of the Co-op Contest

2012 has been recognized as the International Year of Co-operatives by the United Nations.

This is an acknowledgement that co-operatives drive the economy, respond to social change and are resilient to the global economic crisis. They’re vital and successful businesses creating jobs in all sectors.

We’d like to give you a chance to support and contribute to the growth of the co-op movement. Simply post a photo on Frontier Facebook page between February 5 and February 18 that best represents the strength and vitality of your co-op. (The co-op needs to be an actual bricks and mortar storefront, so buying clubs and websites are not eligible.)

Here’s an example:

Moscow Food Co-op, Moscow, Idaho - Fair Trade Event

Then launch your own campaign to get your friends to vote for your photo on our page!

The owner of the photo with the most votes between February 19 and 25 will be rewarded with a prize of a $150 shopping spree at your favorite co-op.

And for every vote received, we’ll donate 25¢ to the Cooperative Development Foundation.

The CDF is instrumental in assisting start-up co-ops as well as providing support and training for existing co-ops. CDF has been around for over 65 years, supporting cooperative enterprise worldwide.  From tsunami recovery efforts to cooperative home care, CDF is making a difference in people’s lives.

Here are the details and official rules.

Don’t forget to snap that photo next time you go shopping!