COVID19

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In hard times, we found inspiring neighbors

While these past 10 months have tested everyone, we have all been tested differently and to vastly varying degrees. My heart aches about the suffering that so many people are experiencing, and I know we still have a … More »

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Fellow ROC Leaders: Thanks for your help!

On Jan. 1, 2020, I started my first three-year term as the Central Region Director of the ROC Association. Quickly, COVID-19 changed the format of how we meet, providing an early challenge and an educational opportunity. Despite the … More »

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‘Business as Usual’ – Even during a Pandemic

By Kim Capen, New England Region Director  In a community as socially active as our Medvil Cooperative, Covid-19 has changed our way of interacting. Our club houses are closed to groups larger than 10 people and the mail … More »

A time of transition, and new beginnings

It’s a Friday morning in June, and the ROC-NH team has worked from home for three months now. I miss my ROC teammates, and the way we organically problem-solve in the hallway, discussing the latest question posed by … More »

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COVID-19 tragedy in Maine and #BetterTogetherFund

The global pandemic has been difficult for us all.  Living and working in cooperative communities lends itself to the mutual aid and networks of support that are needed during challenging times. One of CDI’s Resident Owned Communities (ROCs) … More »

Paul Bradley working at the NH Community Loan Fund in 1993.

Preparation Matters

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin, who was, among many other things, a founder of the United States’ first recognized cooperative business – a mutual fire insurance company in Philadelphia – in … More »

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Balance Really Matters

In just a matter of weeks, the widespread nature of the threats and impacts of this crisis have become both very personal – a matter of basic safety and security – and global. The impacts run deep for … More »

This is when co-ops shine!

I’ve seen it before. The elderly woman who was without food until her Social Security check arrived wasn’t seen walking in two days. A neighbor stopped by to find her hungry and alone, and solved the problem immediately. … More »