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December 05, 2016
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Connecting through community: The Cooperage

The Cooperage board of directors includes Matthew Meagher, left, Katharine Brown, Kay Reynolds, Jeff George, Project Director Doni Hoffman, Pennell Whitney and Edward Cremo.
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Providing space for organizations like SEEDS is one way The Cooperage Project demonstrates its commitment to helping local nonprofits and promoting green technology. “We want to partner with other nonprofits and do things together,” said Whitney. They look forward to continuing to work with community organizations such as public schools, senior centers and arts organizations.

Among the community-based activities offered at The Cooperage by organizations such as Transition Honesdale, the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society and Wayne County PASA are instructional workshops. Past workshops have included the art of butter making, how to make a light bulb food drier, a holistic management workshop, a shiitake mushroom inoculation workshop and creating handmade holiday gifts. For future classes and workshops, consult the website.

‘A lot of kindness’
The expenses involved in the day-to-day operations of The Cooperage are projected to be covered by donations from individuals and organizations. So far, they have been. “We’re going to take a good, long look at the end of six months,” said Cremo. “We do not want to move in the direction of making it more difficult for small organizations, and for the kids in town who want to come in and play their music.” At each free-to-the-public event stands a donation barrel.

One of the ways to make a significant difference in the continuance and comfort of The Cooperage is to join The Cooperage Project Chair Drive. Each donation of $100 buys a “sleek, light and stackable” chair to replace the heavy, mix-and-match wooden chairs in current use. In addition, enthusiastic volunteers have been essential in researching necessary information and locating quality materials at low or no cost. “We have been beneficiaries of a lot of kindness,” Cremo said.