Over twenty years ago, the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s Board of Directors set up a fund to support other cooperatives—the Hanover Cooperative Community Fund (HCCF). Over the years, HCCF has contributed over $500,000 toward an endowment, Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation, which assists cooperatives all over the country. Funds are raised through product sales, member and vendor contributions, and events like our 2023 Annual Golf Tournament. Each year the interest earned on the fund is returned to the Co-op for local distribution. This was where the HCCF Community Project Grant and Gerstenberger Scholarship were born.
The HCCF Selection Committee, consisting of Co-op employees across locations, reviewed the 2023 applications carefully and made hard decisions on how to allocate this year’s interest of $10,000. Using new criteria to align with the Board’s recently stated Values and a specific focus on climate action and/or local food systems, the following selections were made.
The 2023 HCCF Awards Are:
Sustainable Lebanon – Mesh Bag Mamas Reusable Mesh Produce Bags - $1,000
Hanover Conservancy – Protecting the Adams Farm - $1,500
Hartford Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers – Food Gift Cards for Local Families & Seniors - $1,500
Hanover Community Food Pantry – Local Access to Healthy Food - $1,000
The Gerstenberger Scholarship Fund (GSF) offers scholarships to members and employees of cooperatives in the Upper Valley who seek to further the cooperative movement through education, training, and/or business development. The Fund is named in honor of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s long-serving General Managers, Harry and Arthur Gerstenberger, and first Education Director, Sally Gerstenberger.
The 2023 Gerstenberger Scholarship Award:
This years winner was Vital Communities – Leadership Upper Valley Program - $1,000
Congratulations to all of our recipients, and thank you to everyone who’s been a part of this process. From our local non-profits, our valued vendors and shoppers, and our own Co-op employees, we’ve had another successful year. Your contributions really do make a differenc
Thank you to our members, vendors, and employees who’ve worked to make this fund grow over the years. We’re not only helping our local community but also cooperatives across the country. Your contributions really do make a difference!