See what NYC’s cooperative ecosystem looks like for yourself on this tour of the Bronx! We begin our visit with Green Worker Worker Cooperatives (GWC) to get a feel for their pioneering cooperative business boot camp, the Co-op Academy, while meeting some of their co-ops (doulas, skateboard designers, tech trainers & consultants, home/office cleaners, and travel planners) all co-located in the shared workspace, BXL, the Bronx Business Incubator run by the Business Outreach Center Network. Then head up the block to visit the community arts incubator The Point Community Development Corporation, a youth and community arts center that’s hosted numerous co-op events and incubates local businesses, including another GWC co-op, Syllable, a silkscreening co-op of Bronx teens. You’ll also learn about the the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative and it’s first project BronXchange, a new online platform to connect nonprofit anchor institutions looking for local vendors with Bronx businesses (including worker co-ops) looking to service large customers.
From The Point, we will share taxis to Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), a nationally recognized, worker-owned home care agency in the Bronx. CHCA which was founded in 1985 to provide quality home care to clients by providing quality jobs for direct-care workers. CHCA started with 12 home health aides. The cooperative now employs more than 2,000 staff. Together with PHI, a nonprofit founded by CHCA in 1992, CHCA maintains an employer-based workforce development program that provides free training for 600 low-income and unemployed women annually and serves as a significant driver of employment in the Bronx. At CHCA we will hear a presentation about CHCA, and take a tour of the facilities where we see what happens on a bustling Friday afternoon.
Tour begins: Green Worker Worker Cooperatives, 1231 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY, Second Floor, at 12:00pm. Tour concludes: 400 East Fordham Rd 12th floor, at 4:30pm.
Notes: This tour will require about 10 minutes of walking between locations. The tour will cost $15 and you should expect to pay another $20-$25 on food and transportation. This tour has capacity for 30 people.