We do this work with the help of our extended community and our business partners. Through their generous giving, we are growing minds as well as vegetables.
The Merc Co+Op
Since 1974 The Merc Co+op has provided our community with a place to shop, gather, eat and learn by offering real food and sustainable products at reasonable prices through cooperative ownership and responsible commerce.
Ends articulate the results for which an organization exists, the recipients or beneficiaries of those results and the worth of the results. The Merc Co+op operates with the following Ends. The co-op will be a thriving consumer-owned cooperative in our region that is on the forefront of:
- Providing access to healthy, local and organic food and products;
- Transforming and nourishing the health of our community;
- Creating a robust, sustainable local food economy; and
- Building a community based on hospitality,generosity and care for the environment
Co-ops are based on values not unlike those we subscribe to individually, including self-responsibility, democracy, equality, honesty and social responsibility.
In addition to these common values, seven basic international principles serve as guidelines to provide a democratic structure for co-ops around the world. Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives. While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.
mainstreet credit union
You know, not many financial institutions can say their first branch was a school classroom. Originally called Northeast Johnson County Teachers’ Credit Union, our financial cooperative was first run by a group of passionate instructors who acted as teachers by day and tellers by night. Their goal was simply to help fellow educators with their finances.
Our little credit union has come a long way since its early days. We’ve changed our name to Mainstreet, built 13 branches, and grown to more than $430 million in assets. By expanding our field of membership, we now serve more than 62,000 members nationwide. While you won’t find us sitting in classroom desks these days, we still remain loyal to our roots and those who paved the way. We’re not bankers or salesmen. We’re locals like you who know a thing or two about finance and want to share our knowledge. As a not-for-profit financial institution, our mission is to educate our members and our community so we all can live financially healthy lives.