The Montavilla Food Co-op (MFC) is excited to introduce Colby Clipston as our new Project Manager and newest member-owner! Colby will focus on volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement; events coordination; as well as provide support to our ongoing effort to recruit more member-owners.
Our co-op has made significant progress in recent years and we are well on our way toward 600 members! But as we mature as an organization and continue to expand, our volunteer-led group needs to rely on more professional help to manage all our responsibilities. Colby joins us at a critical time in our development, when we need to make the most of our volunteer talent and continue spreading our message to the community.
Colby comes to MFC with a wealth of experience in community organizing, volunteer management, and program coordination. Spanning his professional work as a National Coordinator for the grassroots volunteer-based Wolf-PAC to his personal life as an Oregon Delegate to the Democratic National Committee, Colby’s ability to create and empower those around him to create the change they want to see in the world is second to none.
“I’m thrilled to shift my focus back to the neighborhood I grew up in,” said Clipston. “It’s about time we bring all the talk of food access, good jobs, and strong community out of the realm of rhetoric and into reality.”
MFC leadership is thrilled that Colby has joined our team, and we are looking forward to learning from his vast experience. “From my first conversation with Colby, I was struck by his energy and passion for organizing people around a common cause,” said Amanda Lamb, the President of the MFC Board. “Colby is joining us a pivotal time in our growth, and this investment in volunteer coordination will allow us to expand our reach while ensuring a positive experience for our volunteers. Volunteers are absolutely essential to the effort to build a community-owned grocery store in our community; Colby will help us ensure everyone who volunteers is well-trained, well-utilized and well-recognized.”
Welcome, Colby, to the MFC family!
The Montavilla Food Co-op is hosting it’s fourth Craft Sale fundraiser on November 26th from 10-4 at Wix Insurance at 81st and Stark!
The sale features locally crafted pottery and glassware, soap, jewelry, candles, cards and more. Every dollar raised benefits the effort to establish a community owned grocery store in Montavilla. Most items are less that $20.
For more information, view the event page on Facebook.
Dear Montavilla Food Co-op Member-Owners, Volunteers, and Community,
We know many of you are reeling from the election this year. Whether you are celebrating a victory or mourning a loss, many of us are shocked at the deep divisions in our country highlighted by the election results and aftermath. The Montavilla Food Co-op is not a political organization, and does not take a stance on political candidates. We welcome and value member-owners from all political persuasions, celebrate bipartisan cooperation, and do not want to alienate anyone based on politics.
That said, we feel it’s important that we remind ourselves that MFC adheres to the Seven Cooperative Principles, which can help guide us during this divided time. Here are a few we find particularly inspiring right now:
- The 1st Principle of Cooperatives is Voluntary and Open Membership, meaning we will always emphasize inclusion and reject any discrimination based on race, nation of origin, immigration status, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, economic status, or religion. This is not just statement, it’s a founding principle of our organization.
So while the country divides itself into factions, we open our doors to everyone.
- The 3rd Principle of Cooperatives is Member Economic Participation, meaning any wealth generated through the co-op goes back to member-owners.
So while our national economy concentrates wealth at the top, we will build wealth for the community.
- The 7th Principle of Cooperatives is Concern for Community, meaning we will always put our neighbors, member-owners, farmers and farm-workers, and the environment over profits or power.
So while others may turn their backs, we will always fight for the rights and prosperity of all.
We say this now to remind us all that, no matter how you feel after the election, your co-op is an inclusive, supportive, egalitarian organization that will fight for community prosperity. As we look around and see others succumb to the diseases of hate or cynicism, know that the co-op is the part of the cure.
This is a noble fight, and we are honored to work with all of you. We leave you with these words from Margaret Mead:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Montavilla Food Cooperative Board of Directors
Amanda Lamb, President
Amy Reaney, Vice President
Ellen Rubinstein, Secretary
Katherine Pedery, Treasurer
MFC’s Annual Report updates member-owners on the co-op’s progress, financial condition, and strategies for growth in the coming year.
We are especially excited to provide this update this year, as the co-op saw substantial growth in membership, celebrated many successes in securing grant funding, completed a successful market study, and continued progress on our development timeline. We are proud of our progress and incredibly grateful to all our member-owners, volunteers, and community partners who have helped us achieve this success!
Thanks to all our member-owners and community friends who joined us for our Annual Meeting on October 2, 2016! We are looking forward to continuing the success we saw in 2015-2016 into the next session!
Join us for the Montavilla Food Co-op’s Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck:
Sunday, October 2
11AM – 1PM
8037 SE Stark St
This event is free and open to member-owners and any other interested community members. Come learn more about what we’ve accomplished so far and what is on the horizon for 2016-2017. MFC will provide some refreshments, and guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share for our potluck!
Get more information and RSVP here!
MFC is featured in Mid-County Memo and they are helping us celebrate one significant milestone – our 500th members AND a $5,000 grant from the Food Co-o Initiative! It’s been an incredible year so far, and it’s only halfway through!
Did you make it to our 2016 Pancake Breakfast? If so, you might be in the news! Check out David F. Ashton’s article on our very successful fundraiser and community event!
We have made significant progress in our goal to open a food cooperative in the Montavilla neighborhood! But we have a lot of work ahead of us. The graphic below highlights our progress and next steps, using the 4-in-3 model of cooperative development (provided by the Cooperative Development Services.)
So far, we have reached the 500 member mark, completed a market feasibility study (with positive results!), and have a strong organizational structure that can carry us all the way to opening the doors. We are currently in Stage 2A: Feasibility. The next steps are:
- Continue to grow our membership (help us by joining now!)
- Complete pro forma financials
- Prepare for member loan and capital campaigns
- Form a site selection committee to begin looking for at available store locations
The press attended our Volunteer Appreciation Party this year to get an update on the progress we’ve made. Check out the article in East Portland News here!
WW suggests you celebrate Kanye’s birthday this weekend and recover from that celebration at our very own pancake breakfast! We think it’s ok to skip the birthday bash…