Dear Co-opportunity Community,
Throughout the many challenges we collectively faced in 2020, my year-end reflections take me to a place of gratitude and hope for what is to come. Despite the uncertainty and disappointment this year brought, our Ends and cooperative values are alive and well and are more important than ever.
The year began hopeful. We focused on our sustainability efforts as we gathered for beach clean ups, implemented low waste packaging alternatives, and held in-store events. As the year progressed and COVID-19 became our reality, members stepped up and volunteered to shop for other members needing assistance. Together, we raised much needed funds for several local organizations fighting food insecurity through our Register Round Up program. After the June protests, we cleaned up our Santa Monica store and came together to discuss racial injustice and ways in which we could improve.
Through the ups and downs, and everchanging health regulations, one thing remained constant – our community’s commitment to local, independent stores, like the Co-op. Thanks to your support, word-of-mouth referrals and feedback, we were able to flourish, and happily welcomed a boost from our Culver City store.
Above all, the highlight of our efforts in 2020 were showcased by our exemplary staff members. I find myself among the most devoted staff I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Learning to pivot at a moment’s notice is difficult even in the most stable of times, and our team has remained dedicated in keeping our stores safe, well-stocked, and a place you can rely on.
As I look forward to 2021, I am proud of where Co-opportunity stands today: built by our community and rooted in a rich past committed to health, high quality standards, community giving, and connection. Wishing you wellness and better days in the year ahead.
Peace and love,