News and Updates

March 16, 2017
The NASCO Properties board came together to meet last month in Athens Ohio, where our members in the two Student Cooperative Organization houses are located.  Fifteen cooperators representing eleven organizations came together to share insights and troubles from their cooperatives, and to visit the members of The Vine and Firehouse in Athens.
 
This meeting approved the creation of several internships serving cooperatives, continued a discussion of the role co-ops can play in fighting gentrification, and updated board officer roles to make leadership more accessible to co-op members.  This meeting also approved the 2017-2018 budget for NASCO Properties, which plans to bring more co-ops into NASCO Properties and crosses the million dollar mark for the first time in the history of NASCO Properties.
March 14, 2017
WCRI
Waterloo Cooperative Residences Inc (WCRI), Canada’s largest student housing co-op is looking for a new Community Engagement Coordinator! They are looking for someone who loves working with students and building community while being part of a dynamic, forward-thinking team.
 
To apply, review the job description and email your cover letter and résumé to hiring@wcri.coop! Position open until filled.
March 7, 2017

NASCO is hiring a Director of Operations. Full job posting, description, and application can be found here

Applications are due by March 19, 2017. 

March 1, 2017

The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) is hiring a Financial Assistant, based in Oberlin, OH. The Financial Assistant’s (FA) primary responsibility will be to perform specific duties as directed by the Financial Manager (FM). These duties will include general bookkeeping, Quickbooks processing, and Accounts Receivables and Payables. This position is 24 hours per week, $28 per hour.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to osca@oberlin.edu no later than March 10th, 2017. For more information, see the full job posting here.

February 1, 2017
We are officially accepting host proposals for NASCO's Cooperative Internship Network, summer 2017!
 
NASCO's Cooperative Internship Network is designed to provide a direct service by finding skilled students and young cooperators to help fill organizational needs. By hosting interns, organizations can gain assistance with specific projects of importance to their operations while building the future of the cooperative and community development movements.
 
Whatever the size or type of your organization, we encourage you to take part in this opportunity to expand your support team. Eligible host sites may be co-ops, organizations that support co-ops, or New/Solidarity Economy organizations.
 
Applications from host organizations are due by Sunday, February 26th.
 
January 10, 2017
We are excited to announce our newly elected directors to the NASCO Board!
 
Alex Green
Former member of Inter Cooperative Council, Ann Arbor, MI
New York, New York
 
Topaz Hooper
Current member of St. Peace House and former member of the Boulder Housing Coalition
St. Petersburg, FL
 
Tristan Laing
Member of Campus Co-operative Residences and Ontario Student Co-op Association
Toronto, ON
 
Lana Wong
Former member of Waterloo Cooperative Residence Inc
Toronto, ON
 
This year, all four of the seats are for three-year terms and will serve until Spring 2020. There were five highly qualified candidates for four seats. We look forward to continuing our work with each of these dedicated cooperative individuals!
 
 
January 6, 2017

Cooperative Development Specialist Margaret Bau of USDA Rural Development is hosting a FREE webinar to give an overview of ways to form a co-op.

What: Strategies for Developing Cooperatives - Observations on the Field of Practice
When: Tuesday, January 31, 1:00 pm Central (2:00 pm Eastern, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific)
Registerhttps://cc.readytalk.com/r/9b4nmeppeg2b&eom

This webinar is sponsored by CooperationWorks! and the USDA. Read Margaret's description below:

November 4, 2016

Voting is now open for the four open seats on NASCO's board. Each Active Member and Individual Member will receive a ballot by mail. We encourage you to read the candidate statements here. All of the seats are for three-year terms. 

A meet-the-candidates forum will be held at NASCO Institute on Saturday, November 12, from 2:30-4pm. 

Ballots are due on January 5, 2017. 

There are also several board seats that will be filled at Institute. 

November 2, 2016

NASCO Institute is in just over a week, and we've sent out an email to everyone who is registered. If you didn't receive this email, that means you are not registered. Please register by tomorrow, November 3rd, for guaranteed meals and to be on the housing waitlist. 

October 25, 2016
NASCO is very excited to announce that we have hired Ratih Sutrisno as our new Director of Community Engagement! Ratih will be starting training this week and will join us full time at NASCO Institute. You can reach Ratih at ratih@nasco.coop. 
 
Ratih writes:
 
Hello, NASCO Members! My name is Ratih Sutrisno and I am NASCO’s new Director of Community Engagement. This is a new position at NASCO connecting the organization and its members to social justice and anti-oppression work both inside and outside the cooperative movement. I will be managing public media platforms, coordinating the Alumni Network of former NASCO co-op members, and organizing grassroots funding campaigns to build and maintain relationships with co-op members and movement partners.
 
I am a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management with minors in Interdisciplinary Design and French. For the past year, I have been working as a student advisor at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), promoting experiential off-campus and study abroad programs focusing on justice, social change, and imaginative approaches to difficult problems. I have been a member of the Students’ Co-op in Minneapolis for three years.