Gov. of New Zion Contact Us at email@example.com Purpose of our Co-Op & Organizational Structure Our Members include Ministries for food supply to the needy. Farms for food supply Farm supply Stores for equipment and feed We aim to supply all natural and organic food stuffs for our members to grow, supply and purchase. A co-op or cooperative is a collective of people who have organized to form a jointly-controlled company which meets a specific need, such as housing, provision of food, and so forth. In a classic example of a cooperative, people might form a co-op store to sell groceries at low cost to co-op members. Co-ops can be found all over the world, meeting a wide variety of needs, with very diverse memberships. The idea behind a co-op store is that it works for its members, rather than being an engine of profit. Because no profits are expected, the store can keep wages high and costs low, allowing members of the cooperative to benefit. Co-ops can sell things like groceries, books, and a variety of other consumer goods, and the cooperative concept can also be used in housing, banking, and a variety of other industries. In a cooperative store, the members of the co-op vote on issues of importance to the store as a collective, rather than allowing one person to make decisions. Members might vote for a wage raise, additional benefits to employees, or the use of a new supplier. Some co-ops also use voting to pass resolutions donating funds to local charities. Many co-ops also encourage members to volunteer in the co-op store, or in the local community, with the goal of fostering a positive relationship with the surrounding community, and community events, classes, and meetings may be held in the co-op to bolster community relations. There are two basic ways in which a co-op store can work. In a worker-owned cooperative, the employees of the store own the store, typically being given shares in proportion to how many years they have worked in the store. Some stores offer dividends to their employees, while others provide set wages and benefits, sinking any excess profit into store improvements. A co-op store may also be run in conjunction with another organization such as a university or political group, in which case profit will be turned over to the parent organization. A co-op store may also allow individual members of the public to buy membership shares, thereby joining the co-op. In this case, both workers and shoppers control shares, although non-members are usually also allowed to shop at the store. Members typically get access to special rates on goods in addition to voting rights in the cooperative.