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Membership

Why Join?

The Plainfield Co-op is open to the public, but we rely strongly on our members to survive and thrive. If you are committed to buying locally and consciously, we encourage you to invest in membership. You'll be helping local businesses and local farmers.

Cost of membership:

The Plainfield Co-op is structured on an Equity model. All member-owners are of equal standing and, as such, contribute and own their cooperative, equally. Unlike membership dues, equity allows you to invest and become an actual owner of the Co-op, with the right to receive the benefits of the profits.

Looking at the future needs of the Co-op, the full equity share price will be $180.00. If additional demands arise in the future, the cost of the share would rise and members would be asked to keep themselves fully invested in their Co-op. Member-owners can make a minimum payment of $20 a year towards the full share. You have options on how to pay for your equity share: you could continue to pay $20.00 annually until you reach the full cost of the share ($180), or you may choose to purchase your equity share in one payment to be paid in full. As long as you keep current with your payments, you are a fully vested member-owner of the Co-op.

With the move to equity, Member-owners will now be eligible for patronage dividends which will be paid annually. The amount of the dividends is dependent on how the Co-op did financially that year.

Membership Benefits:

Regular membership

•Eligible for annual patronage dividends
•Place special orders below store markup
•The opportunity to run for the Board of Directors or to serve on Advisory Committees
•Checks accepted for purchases
•Free subscription to the quarterly Co-op newsletter
•Be an involved member of the community, helping determine the future and direction of the Co-op
•Be an equity holder in a grocery store owned and run FOR the community

 

Working Membership

You can become a working member by working at the Co-op at least 1 hour per week. Working Member responsibilities: these include (but aren't limited to) cheese-stocking & packaging; repacking bulk; cleaning; fundraising; computer skills; organizing events; plowing snow; child care; electrical; carpentry; painting; plumbing; music events; gardening, and oh so much more. We love our volunteers

•3%-7% discount
•Eligible for annual patronage dividends
•Place special orders below store markup
•The opportunity to run for the Board of Directors or to serve on Advisory Committees
•Checks accepted for purchases
•Free subscription to the quarterly Co-op newsletter
•Be an involved member of the community, helping determine the future and direction of the Co-op
•Be an equity holder in a grocery store owned and run FOR the community

 

Board & Committee Membership

•7% discount
•Eligible for annual patronage dividends
•Place special orders below store markup
•Checks accepted for purchases
•Free subscription to the quarterly Co-op newsletter
•Be an involved member of the community, helping determine the future and direction of the Co-op
•Be an equity holder in a grocery store owned and run FOR the community