(I borrowed the word "co-opping" from Kaylie over at Young & Free Ontario.)
Remember Monday's blog post about co-ops? I thought it might be a good idea to give you some examples of co-ops in Southeastern Michigan. Of course, there are many, many more, but this is a pretty good list to get your mind buzzing about co-ops!
Michigan First Credit Union - The only place to do your banking! Members are the owners, with no absentee shareholders calling the shots. Surpluses are returned to members in the form of lower fees or better rates. Michigan First is also heavily involved in community events, and we like to give back whenever we can!
Jefferson Avenue Co-Op Nursery School - A part-time, parent-run preschool in which playtime is structured and activities are planned by parents with the help of a teacher. It's located in Detroit's historic Indian Village neighborhood.
Suburban Library Cooperative - A network of libraries in the East Side suburbs that allow access to other libraries' services free of charge. Members have access to electronic catalogs and administrative services, as well!
Inter-Cooperative Council at UM-Ann Arbor - Created during the Great Depression for students struggling to stay in school, the ICC has been going strong ever since. Providing affordable, community-oriented student housing within the cooperative movement, the housing co-op gives students a cool alternative to dorms or apartments.