Founded back in 1974 as a food buying club in West Los Angeles, Co-Opportunity Market has been a community owned market committed to healthy living, cooperative values, and a commitment to the community. Their vision is a strengthened community through a commitment to clean ingredients, responsible sourcing, and a strong, local food system. They have led the way for over four decades in connecting local growers and producers with sustainability and health minded community members.
Going into their 49th year of business, some of the markets success in the community can be attributed to their active role within their local communities and philanthropy programs such as Round Up at the Register, Cooperative Community Fund, and Donations and Sponsorship programs.
Bi-monthly, a program initiative, Round Up at the Register is a way to make use of their customers loose change or encourage them to round up to the nearest dollar on their grocery bill and donate the difference to a chosen recipient or non-profit. Recipients are chosen by co-op leadership.
Once a year, in October, Co-Opportunity awards a grant from the interest earned on a the “Cooperative Community Fund” to a local organization working on issues relating to sustainable agriculture, organic food, hunger and social issues, environmental protection, and cooperatives.
And with generous Donations and Sponsorships, Co-Opportunity provides donations to residents and families in need and they support community organizations thru donations and sponsorships.
This month, for June, Round Up at the Register is focused on supporting Santa Monica Youth Orchestra: Sounds Like L.A. This organization has been providing tuition free musical programming to all students regardless of financial circumstances since 2012. Their programs are designed to represent the rich musical diversity of Los Angeles and they believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the benefits and joy of playing an instrument and participating in musical ensembles.