GDUCI is proud to announce that Executive Director Lela Klein has been selected as a 2017 Echoing Green Fellow! Echoing Green provides unrestricted seed-stage funding and strategic foundational support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Past Echoing Green Fellows include the founders of City Year and Public Allies as well a First Lady of the United States. In May, GDUCI elected five new Board members. In June, it held its first Board mini-retreat to engage in annual and longer term planning. GDUCI's Gem City Market continues its share drive, with over 400 shares sold in the first six weeks of sales.
Another great month on the books for Sustainergy! We have now expanded into mold remediation to further help people improve their homes. We inspired a Harvard Graduate Student Rachel Price to come work with us as an intern for the summer. She will be using her business expertise to help us continue to expand and grow our business. This Fourth of July we're celebrating independence and freedom by sharing a little "free" — as in a FREE home assessment where we will determine ways to help make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills up to 30%! CONTACT US today to schedule yours!
Apple Street Market invites everyone to our Community Owner Meeting August 15 at the Letter Carriers Hall (4100 Colerain Ave) at 5:30pm. Hear the latest—learn about Apple Street’s important partnership with NEST; how the building permitting process is going; and how the city of Cincinnati can help secure the building with a HUD 108 loan, which will supercharge the project, catalyzing the financing from our other partners, and allowing bidding and then construction to begin later this year.
Renting Partnerships is seeking people to help us unleash our potential for building the assets of people who cannot afford to buy a home. We create intentional communities in which individual households build financial credits as they participate in policy and problem solving to preserve the quality, stability and affordability of housing that is owned or leased collectively. This system creates a sense of ownership and the security that low income households need to grow personally and financially. If this sounds exciting and you would be willing to participate in several strategic planning meetings, please join us at a meeting on July 17 at 6:30pm in the CUCI office at the Peaslee Center.
Another great month on the books for Sustainergy! April is historically the slowest month in the insulation sector, yet we were able to surpass our sales goal. Be part of the movement. Visit sustainergy.coop for your free assessment!
In preparation for the union co-op symposium December 1 & 2, we want to connect with all people who are doing this work around the country. Help us understand the depth and span of the Union Co-op movement around the country by filling out this 6 question survey!
Cincinnati, Ohio – On Dec 1st & 2nd people from all across the U.S. and from Mondragon, Spain will be gathering in Cincinnati to further develop the union co-op sector of the U.S. economy. The Symposium offers a look at what's happening on the ground to establish integrated networks of worker-owned, unionized businesses. Participants will discuss best practices, union co-op management, financing, training, the power of the union co-op model, and how to build an economy that works for all, and more. Check our event page for more updates in the coming months!
CUCI and GDUCI are working with Dayton and Cincinnati County and City officials to schedule succession planning trainings by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center for small manufacturers that will cover many succession options, including transitioning to worker ownership. The date is TBD but aiming for the end of May. Contact Lela Klein if you are interested at Lela@cincinnatiunioncoop.org.
Pictured: CUCI in a succession training from the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) in February.