Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions work together to improve services to members and build sustainable communities.
|Frank Stasio's program, The State of Things, |
may be heard on WUNC-FM weekdays at Noon.
Frank Stasio, the host of WUNC-FM's State of Things
, penned a guest column in the Durham Herald-Sun
celebrating the planned Durham Central Market (DCM). The Durham Central Market, a cooperative grocery store to be located near the downtown area of the Bull City, is being built thanks in part to a loan provided by Self-Help Credit Union.
Stasio's column, published February 15, shares the long track record of Durham doing "impossible" things. Included in the mix is the unlikely election of a Jewish mayor in 1951, as well as an entertaining account about a beaver dam that detoured a planned interstate highway.
"So when people said that it was impossible to get enough community financing to build a co-op grocery store in this city, I knew that the Durham Central Market would be open very soon," Stasio wrote. "Once again, Durham is on the verge of doing the impossible. People in this city are buying memberships in a store that that right now is only a hill of dirt at Kent Corner. And they’re making larger financial investments in the form of preferred shares, to buy a piece of an impossible dream -- a locally owned natural foods store that will encourage sustainable farming, responsible development, community engagement and job growth."
You may read Stasio's column Durham, where people do impossible things, by clicking here.