November Change for Good Partner: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

November Change for Good Partner: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

November's Change for Good Partner is

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now is a grassroots, volunteer, non-profit organization of area residents who care about climate change and have joined forces to take bold action against it. Through volunteer projects, they focus on reducing the impacts of Global Warming across Southern Oregon.


SOCAN recognizes that science-based understanding, paired with actions that can be taken both individually and collectively, will help us achieve meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions and achieve necessary community climate goals. From their inauguration in 2012, SOCAN has focused on science and the application of scientific understanding to promoting solutions to the problem.

Their energetic volunteers are currently engaged in 22 projects across five program areas:

Education, Government, Natural Resources, Transportation, and Community Engagement.

Of particular note, SOCAN's Ashland Climate Action Project works to stimulate progress on the city's Climate and Energy Action Plan. This project works to ensure that climate action is a top priority in Ashland and incorporated into all city planning and decision-making. Through education and outreach they inform and engage residents to work together to reduce our community’s climate impact and support achievement of the goals of Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP). This project compliments and supports the work of the Ashland Climate Policy Commission, the Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission, and the Transportation Commission. 

Learn more about Ashland Climate Action Project

Additionally, SOCAN’s Master Climate Protector – A Primer for Action is a science based 10-week course that is offered annually - covers climate change science and the impacts on key sectors of energy, transportation, agriculture, water and others. Within each sector is a focus on global and local impacts, personal and collective mitigating actions and measurements on how to reduce your greenhouse gas footprint.

Learn more about the Master Climate Protector Program

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SOCAN also is engaged in and promotes statewide action to address climate change and offers assistance to teachers and makes presentations at schools and for other civic organizations. The Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Oregon, explicitly include the expectation that students will understand climate science, but many teachers need the support to do so. SOCAN supports teachers in their efforts to find and develop curricula to meet these standards and provide professional development opportunities where they can collaborate with other teachers and practice teaching about these topics.

Learn more about Climate in the Classroom


To sign up for monthly SOCAN emails, get involved in a project, or learn more about SOCAN



What is Change for Good?




The AFC Gives committee focuses on ways that the Co-op community can support local organizations and groups doing important work in the Rogue Valley.

2020 was the first year of Change for Good, a register round-up program to benefit a slate of ten organizations, voted on by Co-op owners, through the cumulative donations of shoppers choosing to round-up their shopping total to the nearest dollar.

From one cent to 99 cents, it all adds up to feeling good about supporting the community.

More Co-op News

August Change for Good - Partnering with ACCESS to Make a Difference!

We are honored to partner with ACCESS this August - a fantastic organization that has been serving our community for over four decades. ACCESS, which stands for "A Community in Action, Connecting, Empowering, and Strengthening Self-Sufficiency," is dedicated to addressing hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Southern Oregon.

Empowering Our Community: AFC's Community Grants Now Accepting Applications

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the local community, AFC is thrilled to announce the that we are accepting applications for our Community Grants program

Ashland Food Co-op's Community Grants program is designed to foster meaningful change in the Southern Oregon region. Through these grants, we seek to support projects that align with our mission of promoting local and sustainable food systems, addressing food insecurity, and promoting community engagement.

July's Change for Good Partner - Maslow Project

Ashland Food Co-op is thrilled to partner with Maslow Project for our Change for Good program! Maslow Project is an incredible organization that works tirelessly to support homeless youth and families in Southern Oregon. Their mission is to empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency, and they do this through a range of services including housing assistance, medical care, and educational support.

May 2023 Change for Good Partner: Talent Maker City

Talent Maker City's mission is to build a more connected, prosperous, and resilient community through hands-on creativity and innovative STEAM-based learning. (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math.) They have a bustling Makerspace facility, brimming with creative energy in downtown Talent offering hands-on STEAM-based workshops and programming for curious minds of all ages!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

We're always learning and growing here at the Co-op and with the approach of Cinco de Mayo we thought we would share a (very) brief history lesson and some thoughts on celebrating this holiday here in the United States.

February's Change for Good partner: OHRA


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OHRA helps low-income people build better lives through access to social service resources. By helping
people move from crisis to stability, OHRA builds more capable individuals, stronger families, and a
better community. We have three core programs:

December Change for Good Partner: Rogue Action Center

December's Change for Good Partner is

Rogue Action Center

Rogue Action Center

The Rogue Action Center (RAC) builds organizing infrastructure, leaders, and community power for a just, inclusive, and sustainable Southern Oregon for everyone.