Collaboration Brings Homecare Cooperative Academy to Nebraska

Collaboration Brings Homecare Cooperative Academy to Nebraska
April 25, 2022

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Cooperative Development Center is collaborating with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center, based in Olympia, Wash., to create an online academy that walks rural communities through creating homecare co-ops in their communities. The six-session academy begins May 4 and runs weekly through June 8. Sessions will be available on Zoom for free.

Goals: Participants review and practice different decision-making models, participants understand the roles of the board/manager/members in co-op governance.

Goals: Participants create a basic business plan, identify the skills and experience needed to run the business, and take inventory of the group’s skills.

Goals: Participants learn how to read financial statements, understand basic financial terms and systems used, and understand how financial decisions are made in their co-op. 

Goals: Participants will develop a one-page marketing plan, and will learn how to market their co-op and train other co-op members to do the same.

Goals: Participants will identity and understand the many accountability systems that will run through the co-op, practice “difficult conversations” and develop active listening skills.

Goals: Participants will understand the importance of making democracy a priority in their co-op and have a plan to implement various systems for democratic participation. This session will facilitate discussion on building systems for meaningful member participation and power sharing within the co-op. Presentation will include testimony from Washington homecare co-op members on how their co-op brings democracy alive in the workplace.

The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center is housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. NCDC programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture. NCDC is funded in part by the USDA RCDG Grant Program and a USDA SDGG Grant Program. For more information, visit