Get Involved With Us
We believe that the people involved with Hampden Park Co-op (HPC) constitute a community, and that every person who shops here is part of our community.
People become involved with us because they share basic values about food, natural products and community, and we are held together by our common interests. These values and the relationships that evolve between and among individuals are the lifeblood of our community, and are the characteristics that make us unique. We strive to clarify our shared values, to act in ways consistent with those values, and to nurture the relationships we have with each other.
It is our responsibility as a co-op to provide all community members with a sense of acceptance that is not conditional on their degree of involvement. All are valued, no matter what level of involvement they choose – from those who shop only occasionally, to those who help govern by serving on the board. Taking the step to become a member-owner is a matter of personal choice, and is simply a public acknowledgment of one's commitment to the HPC community. All are welcome here.
We acknowledge that community members value different qualities in the products they buy. It is our goal to assure that there are enough product options to satisfy the needs of most and that the choices provided are consistent with their personal values. The products selected by HPC should provide a balance of these values as expressed by those who shop here. The shelves should hold a balance of products that are organic, unprocessed, fresh, locally grown, healthful, and minimally packaged.
We at Hampden Park Co-op believe that our collective efforts can make the world a better place through the relationships we develop, the products we buy, and the joint action we take in our communities. We believe we can have an influence on the world by:
- articulating the values that we jointly hold and assuring that our business practices, governance, and relationships are guided by these values,
- modeling the relationships that we build with each other and the different way that we choose to run our business,
- applying economic influence by carefully selecting the products we sell and the relationships we develop with suppliers,
- educating and informing community members about their consumer choices,
- developing networks with organizations that hold similar values, and
- taking advantage of emerging opportunities for action when members of our community believe it is important.