Principle 7: Concern for Community

As a cooperative business, we follow the 7 principles of cooperatives which guide our organization. Principle 7 is “Concern for Community” and we work to fulfill that value in a variety of ways.

Community Donations:

Each year, we set aside a portion of our budget to donate to our community. Within our limited budget, we offer donations of food or gift cards for use at fundraisers, silent auctions, or one time events. When requesting a donation, please be specific! Tell us what you’re looking for.

We ask that donation request be made two weeks prior to the event. If you are requesting a donation of products, please allow us additional time – we may need to place an order to fulfill the request.

In general, the Co-op prioritizes donations to Portland, ME-based organizations that are working in the following fields: Food and Food Access, Nutrition and Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Issues, Social and Economic Justice, and Education. We prefer to donate to local non-profits, schools, and other organizations that are working to improve our community. We generally limit donations to one per year per organization.

We generally refrain from making donations to political candidates or organizations, third-party fundraisers, or individuals/personal sponsorships. We do not donate to any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or status in any other protected group.

Requesting a Donation:

To request a donation, please email our Community Engagement Coordinator, Rebecca Van Damm at 

Volunteering in the Community:

We work with community organizations to create meaningful volunteer opportunities for our Co-op community members. If you could use a group of Co-op volunteers to help with your food, agriculture, or cooperative organization, email and let us know how we can help.

Educational Classes and Resources:

One of the ways we serve our community is by organizing educational events and classes in our cafe area. Past classes have included Making Tofu, Making Digestive/Cocktail Bitters, Herbs for Immunity, Reducing Sugar Intake, and much more.  You can check out upcoming classes here. If you’re interested in leading a class or workshop, email with a description of the class you’d like to lead, as well as a little about yourself.