An upcoming event will celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit that aims to help revitalize downtown Richmond.
Cooperation Richmond will celebrate its official launch Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, from 5-8 p.m. at the Rich City Rides bike and skate shop, 1500 Macdonald Avenue in Richmond.
According to event organizers, Cooperation Richmond “wants to help revitalize the downtown from the grassroots up” and “help move the money to the people that do not have the capital or the resources,” adding that its “services, assessments, coaching and non-extractive loans will provide the economic restoration that Richmond needs.”
At the launch event, community members are invited to learn more about the new nonprofit’s mission, values and services, as well as its reason for choosing the city of Richmond as its home.
Inspiration for establishing Cooperation Richmond has evidently come from Richmond’s historic downtown of yore, when a bustling shopping district drew in locals to enjoy attractions such as movie theatres, bowling alleys, shops and mainstream department stores such as Macy’s.
“For many years, however, the downtown area has suffered from the lack of economic investment and very little support for local entrepreneurial ventures,” stated Cooperation Richmond on its event invitation.
On its website, the nonprofit states its mission as follows: “Cooperation Richmond builds community controlled wealth through worker-owned and community-owned cooperative businesses and enterprises by and for low-income communities and communities of color in Richmond whose wealth has been extracted.”
“We encourage, incubate and facilitate the launch and successful operation of diverse cooperative enterprises in Richmond operated by local residents, especially those of us coming from legacies of systemic marginalization and barred opportunity.”
To register for the free launch event, click here and RSVP by Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. To learn more about Cooperation Richmond and its services, click here. Questions? Contact the nonprofit at 510-255-0625.
What: Cooperation Richmond Launch Event
When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Rich City Rides bike and skate shop, 1500 Macdonald Avenue in Richmond.
Info: To register for the free launch event, click here and register by Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. To learn more about Cooperation Richmond and its services, click here. Questions? Contact the nonprofit at 510-255-0625.
-Kathy Chouteau, firstname.lastname@example.org