Here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of independent businesses, wonderful family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It's a rich and diverse culture and one that Pioneer Valley Local First is dedicated to protecting and strengthening.
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a statewide organization that coordinates the work of locally organized groups across Massachusetts fighting the climate crisis. We have a large and vigorous community of 46 chapters (in a fifth of MA communities), hundreds of members, and others who communicate, network, and share information related to climate action.
The Cooperative Fund of New England is a community development financial institution (CDFI) that is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England.
Franklin Community Co-op, located in the Pioneer Valley in beautiful western Massachusetts, operates Green Fields Market in Greenfield andMcCusker's Market in Shelburne Falls. Both stores offer fresh organic produce, bulk foods, organic meats and cheeses and natural groceries and wellness items.
The FCCDC provides an opportunity for business owners to build their capacity to make sound decisions that will launch or grow their businesses. Since 1979, we've been growing sustainable businesses and communities by providing professional guidance and support with business development programs through business training & counseling, business lending, commercial properties, and the Western Mass Food Frocessing Center.
Worcester Roots Project is a collective of youth and adult organizers on a mission to create opportunities for economic, social and environmental justice. We send these roots of opportunity into the community, sprouting up co-operatively run and green projects and initiatives that build toward our vision of neighborhoods that are safe for living, working and playing.
We are a caring and interconnected community of people who help each other by sharing our abilities, talents and experiences. We all have needs; we all have gifts to share. When you or your organization provides a service for another member, you earn one Time Dollar for each hour you spent providing the service. You (or your organization) can then exchange each Time Dollar you earn for an hour of service from someone else.
Empower is Worcester’s grassroots initiative meeting social, economic, and environmental needs locally and globally. Through the cooperative production of waste vegetable oil biodiesel, ex-prisoners create affordable, environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral fuel while providing dignity and employment opportunities to support themselves and their families.
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the nation's leading regional membership organization promoting sustainable energy solutions.
Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots organization that promotes human, economic, and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts, through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.
Energía, LLC is a socially responsible energy services company that provides energy efficiency upgrades for residential and commercial properties to reduce energy costs and energy use throughout western Massachusetts. Energía was formed and is owned by community organizations and the workers. The owner organizations include Nuestras Raices, Co-op Power and Nueva Esperanza.