Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Looking for a Co-op Near You? There's an app for that!

Hey, all you iPhone and Android users! There's a free app you should know about. It's called Cooperate USA. It helps you locate co-ops anytime, anywhere, allowing you to shop or otherwise do business cooperatively. Developed by the National Cooperative Business Association in partnership with Co-operatives UK, this app "aims to help educate Americans on how coops can be The Fix (Twitter Hashtag: #TheFix)" for the many ills in our society - unemployment, unequal distribution of wealth, food deserts, lack of affordable housing.

I just installed the app on my Android phone. Once I opened it, I was given the option to "Find Nearby Co-ops", and I was given a list of choices of the types of co-ops I could find near me. There's a button to find "Worker" coops, and of course Equal Exchange pops up since they are less than 10 miles away from me. When I hit "Agriculture", Ocean Spray Cranberries comes up, less than 20 miles away. If I hit "Financial", I have oodles of credit unions to choose from.

I can't wait to try this app when I'm away from home! Let me know what you find in your travels while using it.


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