The Co-op is honored to recognize the Good Neighbor Health Clinics with the 2021 Allen and Nan King Award, a yearly distinction given to Co-op members and organizations dedicated to serving the community. The King Award is named after the late Allen and Nan King, two legendary community and cooperative activists who spent 50 years as Co-op members, board members, and volunteers. The award recognizes the achievements of people like Allen and Nan, who demonstrate the ideals embodied in the Cooperative Principle “Concern for Community.”
The Cooperative Principles, defined by the International Cooperative Alliance, are the guidelines by which modern cooperatives put their values into practice. The seventh principle, “Concern for Community,” states that “Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities, through policies approved by their members.”
The Co-op has presented the King Award every year for nearly 20 years, but this year was particularly special. For the first time, Co-op members were brought into the selection process! Members voted by online survey. The process was so successful and so well-received that we plan to continue it moving forward, giving Co-op members the opportunity to select the recipient of the King Award each year.
Located in White River Junction, Vt., Good Neighbor Health Clinics is a long-time Co-op community partner. Established in 1992, the organization is a non-profit health care facility that provides free medical and dental care to uninsured and underinsured adult residents of the Upper Valley. Staff and volunteers serve anyone living within 30 miles of White River Junction who need basic care but don’t have the means to pay for it.
Congratulations to the Good Neighbor Health Clinics for the richly deserved recognition! And thank you to all the members who participated in the selection process. We look forward to doing it again next year.
HCCS Board Member, 85th Board of Directors