Greenbelt officials honored the city’s cooperative businesses and co-ops worldwide by recognizing October as “Cooperative Month” during the Oct. 14 City Council meeting.
The proclamation coincided with National Co-Op Month 2013, which has a theme this year of “Collaborate, Communicate, Cooperate,” Greenbelt Mayor Judith “J” Davis said.
Cooperatives, or co-ops, are businesses or organizations owned and managed by their customers, workers or residents, depending on the type of co-op, according to the website of the International Cooperative Alliance, which includes nationwide cooperative organizations among its membership.
Two Greenbelt cooperatives, Greenbelt Homes Inc. and Greenbelt Consumer Cooperative, are members of the National Cooperative Business Association, which is a member of the International Cooperative Alliance.
“Greenbelt’s cooperatives are greatly appreciated by all our citizens as being essential to the fabric of our daily lives,” Davis said. “We thank you for all the work you do.”
Greenbelt’s seven cooperatives are the Greenbelt Consumer Cooperative (Greenbelt Co-Op Supermarket and Pharmacy), Greenbelt Federal Credit Union, Greenbelt Homes Inc., The Greenbelt News Review, The Greenbelt Nursery School, the New Deal Cafe and Rapidan Camps.
Greenbelt’s co-ops are holding events throughout the month in recognition of Cooperative Month.