Updated, March 5, 2015. See below.
From John Jones, RCC Board President
2014 was an important year for the Renaissance Community Co-op, and 2015 promises to be even bigger! We anticipate opening the doors of our community owned cooperative grocery store later in the year. With hard work and the support of so many in our community and around the world who want to see our grocery store open we’ll all be buying our holiday food at OUR Renaissance Community Co-op!
Here, early in 2015, I wanted to give you all a sense of where we are at in this project and, like we did at last month’s holiday party, celebrate how far we’ve come.
Over the past 2 months we’ve been raising money online through a popular website called IndieGoGo. This site helps groups like ours raise money from people all over the world who support their projects. Our goal was to raise $15,000 and I’m so glad to tell you that we raised more than that – $16,001!
We received donations from over 600 people! And they came in from across the United States and around the world. We received donations from 23 countries, including: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Austria, Colombia, Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, South Korea, Kuwait, Italy, Brazil, Israel and Poland!
The word is out in a big way: The RCC is doing something amazing!
I can also report that we have raised over $1.1 million dollars, either committed or in hand, toward the cost of opening our grocery store. We estimate that the total cost of opening our store will cost $1.79 million, so we are doing wonderfully! We are confident that in the next few months we will finish raising the money necessary to open the store. This could not have been done without all the hard work of so many of you and the support of the entire Greensboro community!
We caught their attention
The RCC has also been blessed with a lot of attention in the national media. A story written by our partners at the Fund for Democratic Communities was published on several popular websites and was shared with many thousands of readers. The article was published by the Bill Moyers website and was shared more than 52,000 times by their readers!
The News and Record has published a number of positive articles about our work and we greatly appreciate it. Fox 8 aired a wonderful video earlier this month about our efforts. Time Warner Cable also published some great articles and videos about us.
The promotional video we produced, “We Want a Co-op!”, has been watched online over 13,000 times – this is what they call “going viral”!
And lastly, as we start this new year, we want to share with you our new video series. This is a three-part series that explains why we need this grocery store, how the cooperative structure will serve our community better, and the ways everyone can play a role in helping us be successful in our efforts.
I encourage you to take a few minutes today (or tomorrow, that’d be alright too!) and watch these videos so you’ll understand just how important this grocery store project is to our community.
Get connected to the RCC!
I appreciate you taking the time to read this, watch these videos and share our co-op project with your friends and family. I hope I’ll see you at one of our community meetings – the next one is coming up next Monday night at 7pm at the Presbyterian Church of The Cross at 1810 Phillips Avenue. We are holding our meeting together with the Citizens for Economic & Environmental Justice, so you can come to both at one time!
And, as always, if you haven’t become an Owner of the co-op, there’s no better time than the present. Click here to learn more and join on our website.
Y’all be blessed and get ready to shop!
President of the Renaissance Community Co-op Board of Directors
Presentation to the community
The slides below were presented to the community at a film screening on March 2, 2015.