Democratically owned by you, the customer.
Our co-op is buzzing with excitement as we close in on finalizing a new space for our expanded store. Now's the time to come together to realize that vision, and it starts with building a groundswell of community support to grow our ownership. Here's the plan: we're gonna round up 200 new co-op owners in six weeks, beginning this Sunday, August 17th. Are you in?
1. Join the Drive Team.
Get on board! We've got lots of awesome stuff planned for the next six weeks and beyond, but we need your help to pull it off. As part of our Hands-On Owner program, 2 hours of your time is thanked with a weeklong 15% grocery discount. We're looking for good folks to: table at the farmer's market and other community events // staff our Block Party and Annual Meeting // distribute flyers & posters // take photos // help out with behind-the-scenes tasks.
Interested? Reply Here!
KICKOFF PIZZA PARTY & DRIVE TEAM TRAINING
This Friday, August 15! 6-7:30pm // 3230 W Fullerton // BYOB
Free t-shirts, fun neighbors, HOO discounts!
2. Promote the Pickle.
Speak up! Submit a quote and a headshot to be added to our ownership testimonial series: WHY I OWN IT. Help us build momentum by sharing the good word with your friends, family, and neighbors, and by connecting with us on social media. Like us on Facebook!
“I own the Dill Pickle Food Co-op because I want to put my values into practice. I want to support great businesses in Chicago and the Dill Pickle makes me feel like I am a part of something special.”
-- Rob Montalbano, Chicago's favorite local farmer.
3. Vest up.
Become a fully-vested owner! Your equity is the foundation of our cooperative business, and our new store will be built on that collective foundation. As an owner, you may purchase up to $500 in refundable equity shares, with $250 considered "fully vested." To be in good standing and retain discounts and voting privileges, your account's equity installment balance must remain up to date. Big news: The Dill Pickle is now accepting equity payments via debit or credit cards both at the register and on our website, in addition to cash and check options. Visit us online or stop by the store to vest up!
THANK YOU for supporting the Dill Pickle. Our little co-op is doing big things.
Saturday, August 9th, 3-5pm. Logan Boulevard & Whipple.
Join us on the Logan boulevard this Saturday afternoon from 3-5pm for the August edition of the Pickle Potluck Picnic! Bring a smile and something to munch and share with fellow co-op owners. Friends and neighbors of all ages welcome.
Join us on Monday evening for drinks and learn how holding a rainy day fund with Self-Help Credit Union can have a big impact on community development in Chicago.
Monday, July 7th, 7-8pm
The Heroes Who Saved Chicago's Immigrant Homeowners: An unusual grassroots partnership rescued a local bank and made avoiding foreclosure its No.1 priority. (Read the full story in the National Journal.)
When a community bank on the Southwest side of Chicago was on the verge of failing in 2012, The Resurrection Project invited Self-Help to come to Chicago fearing that the auction of 1,100 mortgages would have exposed mostly Latino homeowners to increased foreclosure risk. Now one of the largest community development financial institutions serving immigrant communities, Self-Help has already begun offering new mortgage loans and financial products for residents of Cook County and continues to use its lending experience to promote policy changes through The Center for Responsible Lending, which advocates for protecting families from abusive financial practices at both the state and federal levels.
CREDIT UNIONS ARE COOPERATIVES!A credit union is a member-owned financial cooperative, democratically controlled by its members, that provides services intended to support community development or sustainable international development on a local level. Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
SERVING PEOPLE, NOT PROFIT.
Credit unions differ from mainstream banks and other financial institutions in that those who have accounts in the credit union are its members and owners, and they elect their board of directors in a one-person-one-vote system regardless of amount invested.
Join us for our monthly potluck gathering outdoors on the boulevard (Logan & Whipple) after the Logan Square Farmers Market on Sunday, June 22nd from 5-8pm. Bring a smile and a dish to share, and a lawn game if you're keen. BYOB. Friends, family, and neighbors of all ages welcome!
Cycle to work from June 13-20th!
The Dill Pickle staff & owners will join more than 7,000 people at 450 local workplaces for this year's Bike Commuter Challenge hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization that works throughout Chicagoland to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit while engaging people in healthy and active ways to get around.
Sign up to log your miles and help us represent our co-op's commitment to healthy lifestyles and sustainable transportation! You don’t have to bike all the way every day -- just biking to your local bus or train stop counts. Nearly 20% of participants will be commuting on two wheels for the first time!