Keep Valley Co-op’s Doors Open
$14,919 of $67k goal
We are a member-driven and member-owned organization. We have a small but attractive store just outside Hagerstown, we have excellent suppliers from the surrounding area and we have a dedicated staff of paid employees and volunteer advisors drawn from our own community. We have a growing, committed membership, too. But like any new venture, we’re experiencing growing pains.
We quickly transitioned from a buyers’ club to a brick-and-mortar store in March 2014 when we lost the temporary headquarters we had been using. Generous member loans covered our start-up deficits, and our membership, sales and product selection steadily grew. In the past year we cut our operating losses by an impressive 55 percent from the previous fiscal year.
But due to a lack of marketing and community outreach, we haven’t been able to get over the last few hurdles in our effort to become a self-sustaining market for local products. We need to raise $67,000 before December 31 to cover operating costs in 2017 as well as fund the professional marketing campaign we urgently need. We’ve already arranged pro-bono support from local business consultants to draw a strategic plan to improve sales and increase membership in 2017.
The early response has been inspiring – before we even formally launched this campaign, we already received $11,400 in contributions from members and local friends.
So if you value local — local vegetable farmers, orchardists, beekeepers, bakers, soap makers, candle crafters and other artisans — please make a contribution that will help us establish ourselves as a vital marketplace in our hometown economy.
We hope it won’t be necessary, but in the event we do not reach our financial goal, we will refund your contribution. Our Board of Directors will decide whether we can keep our doors open by January 1.
Visit our store and shop off our shelves, or become a member and enjoy an even wider variety of local products available online for preorder. You can also special order what you need to meet your dietary needs.
19946 National Pike,
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(Note: this contribution is NOT tax deductible. You're contributing to a community resource that provides a market for local suppliers and a centralized location giving everyone access to their products.)