How to Recruit Your Neighbors

So you're excited about the Westwood Food Co-op. You're in. You're sold. And now you're wondering, "How do I get involved? What's next?" Well, we believe that good gifts are meant to be shared, which is why we are asking YOU as a fellow building block of this endeavor, to tell your neighbors. So here are some useful hints and tools to help you share and foster excitement around the Westwood Food Co-op. 

Facebook

Did you know that you have your own Facebook group? This is a great platform to see what's happening on ground floor day to day, and to contribute your own thoughts and ideas. You can also invite your friends to join the group. Check it out!  

E-mail

Send your friends an e-mail with a short blurb on the Westwood Food Co-op and why they should be a part of it.  Here is a great template that you can  e-mail or post in your own Facebook account:  

We're all growing a movement in Denver, CO, and we want you to join us.

We are part of Re:Vision, a non-profit that partners with neighborhoods like Westwood in Denver, CO - to train resident leaders, to grow community food systems, and to build self-sufficient economies. Since starting our work in 2007, we have become one of the largest urban gardening programs in the country, with a network of 400 active backyard gardens and 12 resident leaders (called Promotoras). After building this community base, We partnered with Westwood to build the Westwood Food Co-op (WFC) the first cooperative grocery store in Denver of its kind, one that is owned and operated by a community living in a food desert.

So venga! Come, join us, become a member, volunteer, and grow something absolutely wonderful.

Storytelling 

Word of mouth is the best way to spread the news--your voice is powerful! Invite friends over for a meal and tell them about the Westwood Food Co-op. You can use some of the fresh fruits and veggies from the CSA to showcase the benefits of being a member (Reminder: you can still order your AVOG CSA share. There are 16 weeks of fresh produce available this season!) Show them this video of the property!  Tell your own story of how you got involved in Westwood and what it means to you. Here is what you can say:

The Westwood Food Cooperative (WFC) will be a full-service grocery store in Denver, CO that is owned and operated by community members. It will be one of the first grocery stores of its kind, providing communities living in a food desert access to affordable and healthy food. And starting this June, membership is open!

Why join? Do you want to see a grocery store open in Westwood? Do you want to become a member-owner of a business that truly values and reflects the community it serves? Do you want a place to shop for your food that features authentically grown, fresh, healthy produce with a Latin vibe? Invest with us today. 

Become a member-owner, and join the movement.

The WFC operations and products reflect deep community values through working primarily with Colorado’s rural farmers, partnering with other cooperative services, and providing a space where food can be grown by the community, for the community.

How many people have you told about the Westwood Food Co-op? What are you doing to grow YOUR neighborhood grocery store? Share your recruitment stories with us!