I've said this before, but one of my favorite parts of being a business owner is the opportunity to be involved in the community. With that in mind, I want to occasionally take some time on the blog to highlight great things going on in Greensboro.
The Renaissance Community Co-Op is a response to a need: residents in Northeast Greensboro needed access to fresh, locally sourced food. No one was stepping up to fill that need -- so the community took it upon themselves to solve the problem.
Here's some history of the co-op, via their website (emphasis mine):
In 1998, the Winn-Dixie grocery store on Phillips Avenue in Northeast Greensboro closed, despite being profitable. ... Since that time, the community surrounding the Bessemer Center remained without a full service grocery store capable of meeting its needs. At the request of the community, the City of Greensboro tried its best to attract a full service grocery to the location, but without any luck.
After nearly 15 years of searching for a grocery store to locate in Northeast Greensboro, community residents took action themselves.
And here's the RCC's mission statement:
To create a democratically owned and controlled grocery store in Northeast Greensboro that provides all of Greensboro with healthy foods at affordable prices and has a commitment to locally sourced foods, community education and dignified jobs.
RCC gives supporters the opportunity to become owners -- able to vote and participate in the decision-making process -- for $100. I just became an owner this week and I'm proud to be a part of this effort to make a better Greensboro.
I'd love to know about the great things going on in your community, too! Tell me a story about a project improving the place where you live in the comments below.