Hands On!, Co-op celebrate years of partnership – News – Hendersonville Times-News – North Carolina News

Hands On!, Co-op celebrate years of partnership – News – Hendersonville Times-News –  North Carolina News

It has taken the support of many community organizations to sustain Hands On!, the nonprofit children’s museum on Main Street that opened in September 2007. The Hendersonville Community Co-op is one of these supporting partners, and has been for eight years now.

Heather Boeke, executive director of Hands On!, has worked with the Co-op over the years and says, “Our partnership with the Co-op began in 2008 with the Co-op’s monthly BYO-bag program, where customers bring their own canvas or cloth bags when shopping and receive a 10-cent token to donate to charity. Hands On! was one of the two charities picked for the first quarter of 2008.

“Our discussions with the Co-op continued as we worked to create a Hands On! Co-op as an exhibit in the facility. While our visitors are invited to shop or work at our ‘mini co-op,’ we are teaching valuable lessons about healthy choices, nutrition, buying locally grown foods and finances. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Co-op and work with them each year to see how best we can help each other meet our goals.”

Gretchen Schott-Cummins, community outreach coordinator at the Co-op, says, “Cooperation and good food is what we do at the Co-op. The partnership with Hands On! naturally aligns with our guiding principles — especially our commitment to sustainable communities and healthy lifestyles.”

Hendersonville Community Co-op has been in its current location for over a year now and is enjoying their longer hours and expanded space at 60 South Charleston Lane. Learn more at hendersonville.coop.

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