It's time for our annual elections!

Elections are your annual opportunity to directly shape the future of the Co-op and its governance. The Member-Owners that are elected to the Board (by their fellow Member-Owners!) have a huge responsibility to steer the Co-op forward and make sure that it is being run responsibly by the Collective Management. We want to make sure that you feel informed about the candidates and empowered to vote!

To get to know your fellow Member-Owners who are running for the Board of Directors, check out their answers to some questions that the Elections Committee asked them. Come meet the candidates at the Co-op on June 23rd from 2-4pm, and at the Annual Meeting on July 14th from 10am-3pm. If you have questions about the elections process, reach out to the Elections Committee at elections@peoples.coop

At the bottom of this page, you’ll also find information about the seven local organizations that were nominated for the People’s Cooperative Community Fund. The organization that receives the most votes will get $1000 from People’s to support the great work that they are doing for the community. 

Thanks for participating in the Co-op's democratic process, and for helping to shape our path forward!

How to Vote

There are three open seats on the Board, which means you may vote for up to three candidates. The term for Board directors is three years. 

Paper ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off in the store. 

Owners can opt to vote online instead of via paper ballots. All owners that have a valid email address on file with the Co-op will receive an invitation to vote securely via our online elections administrator, Simply Voting. If you submit both an online and a paper ballot, the online ballot will take precedence. If you think that we might not have your current email address, please email the Elections Committee at elections@peoples.coop to update your address.

Ballots are due by 10pm on July 14th.

Cast your vote online, by mail or in the store!

 

Board of Directors 

People’s is a democratic institution run by a Collective Management that operates the Co-op on behalf of Member-Owners. In light of this, one of the Board’s main monthly duties is to set and review governance policies that guide the Collective Management in its work. The Board also provides representative leadership for Member-Owners and seeks to engage with them throughout the year to hear feedback about People’s. This year there are three Director seats open, and six candidates. 

The Board of Directors nominees:


People's Cooperative Community Fund Nominees

Every year, People’s Member-Owners get the chance to nominate and then choose one local non-profit to receive a $1000 donation. This money come from interest paid on loans that are distributed to other burgeoning co-ops and community organizations through the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation.

This program is pretty neat: co-ops and organizations get support, and we get to pass more money on to a community nonprofit that we decide on together.

The nominees:

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Bikes for HUmanity PDX

Bikes For Humanity PDX (B4HPDX) is a 501c3 non-profit bike shop and school. Our mission is to substantially increase public access to affordable and safe bicycles while empowering self-sufficiency in bicycle maintenance and commute. Learn more about Bikes for Humanity at b4hpdx.org.

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Call to Safety

Working to fulfill our mission of ending domestic and sexual violence by providing confidential support services and education to empower our community, Call to Safety provides a comprehensive 24/7 crisis line, follow-up advocacy for survivors, support groups, community outreach and education, and sexual assault medical advocacy. Learn more about Call to Safety at calltosafety.org.

Soul River

We are a nonprofit 501c3 focused on bringing veterans as mentors and inner city youth together into the wild rivers of nature inspiring the youth by becoming a guardian, teacher or role model as an act of service into the outdoors. The hope is that it encourages youth participants to grow and become ambassadors of our natural environment. Learn more about Soul River at soulriverinc.org.

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary

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The mission of Green Acres Farm Sanctuary is the prevention of cruelty to, and the commercialization of animals, especially farmed animals. We put this mission into action by providing shelter, care and board to abused, abandoned, and unwanted farm animals. We look to inspire change through creating a place where members of the public can have positive interaction with farm animals by providing for their care and the animals can, in turn, educate them about the abusive use of farmed animals. Learn more at greenacresfarmsanctuary.org.

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New Day School

Our mission is to create a learning environment and curriculum which provides for the education of body, mind, and spirit. Neo-Humanistic Education unveils the innate greatness within each individual, strengthens the foundation of ethics, and inspires benevolent action in the world. Funds from the PCCF would fund seismic upgrades and rebuilding an existing building to Zero Net Energy standards. Learn more about the New Day School at newdayschool.org.

 

Revive Community Commons

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Revive Community Commons is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to creating community hubs in partnership with historic places of worship. Our mission is to preserve historic sacred spaces, support neighborhood resiliency, and create spaces that are safe and supportive of multicultural, interfaith, and diverse populations. Learn more about Revive Community Commons at revivecommunitycommons.org.

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Xerces Society

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. We take our name from the now extinct Xerces Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the first butterfly known to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities. Learn more about The Xerces Society at xerces.org.

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Zenger Farm

Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes, and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development, and access to good food for all. Learn more about Zenger Farm at zengerfarm.org.