September Change for Good Partner: Truth to Power
September's Change for Good Partner is
Truth to Power
Truth to Power cultivates teen activism and community participation through social justice podcasts and transformative projects.
Truth to Power creates podcasts reflecting on both local and global matters. Found under the name “Tea, Toast, and Truth” on Spotify and Anchor, Truth to Power’s podcasts uplift diverse voices and offer a teen point of view. Each podcast is distinct in style and topic as different club members experiment and explore with their production. You can listen to the experiences of houseless folks in Ashland, learn about how the Almeda fire affected all the parts of our community, explore the symbiotic relationship between OSF and Ashland, hear teens and teachers discuss the troubles of Zoom school, and much more!
Truth to power creates transformative projects that cultivate community growth. One of our major projects this past year was the BIPOC mural that was installed to honor and celebrate the life of Aidan Ellison and highlight the many contributions of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC) in our Valley. The mural is composed of portraits of eight BIPOC individuals whose legacies hold importance to our local community: Winona LaDuke, Walidah Imarisha, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Michelle Alexander, Gina DuQuenne, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Aidan Ellison. We had a vision for the mural to not only honor these influential individuals but also to remind Ashland of its antiracist responsibilities and to create a more inviting, inclusive space for BIPOC students, staff, visitors, and neighbors.
Supply drives and houseless podcast/work
Truth to Power prides itself on a passion for hearing and helping others. The club has consistently worked to aid the homeless community, addressing the issues we see in our city by organizing supply drives and food drives (often jointly), and hearing from those affected. Members have dedicated their time and efforts to making the homeless crisis known; you can listen to Tea, Toast, and Truth’s episode: “Seeing Homeless” on Spotify for interviews with homeless individuals, new perspective, and info on how those in need are often disproportionately affected by issues and decisions in our small town.
Stay tuned for their reproductive justice event on October 1st and new podcasts throughout the year!
Follow Truth to Power on Social and listen to their podcasts!
Truth to Power was selected by our owners in our 2022 election to be a Change for Good Partner. Through the cumulative register round up donations over the course of this month ~ our shoppers will help support this local organization and the work that they are doing in our community.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Ashland Food Co-op is teaming up with the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC) as its Change for Good partner for this month. This collaboration aims to support SOLC's mission of conserving Southern Oregon's natural landscapes and habitats.
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!
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.
From Kristina Lefever, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley President
From Klamath Bird Observatory, March 2023's Change for Good partner:
When Douglass Came to Rochdale, England a Slave and Left a Free Man
By David J Thompson
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:
January's Change for Good Partner is
local nonprofit Ashland Food Angels
December's Change for Good Partner is
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.
November's Change for Good Partner is
October's Change for Good Partner is
AFC Gives Community Fund