After years of lobbying and months of concerted effort on the part of many stakeholders, OUR Ecovillage is thrilled to have broken yet more regulatory ground in BC. As of September 2015, OUR Co-op now holds OUR mortgage collectively, a banking feat impossible previous to this point. With the incredible support of Vancity Credit Union we are ushering in a new era of true community. As the Village transitions to ownership by its members we now look both to planning for the future and to the essential day-to-day running of the community.
Vancity has stepped up in a significant manner to ensure that OUR Ecovillage will be an invaluable wellness, permaculture, and sustainable living school and intentional community for generations to come. They have allowed us to continue building for our children’s children, and will allow your children’s children to visit as well. With Vancity’s support and vote of confidence in the macro-level financials, OUR is committed to repaying their leap of faith with a community commitment of our own, which is where you, our wider community, comes in.
Though we aim to be as self-sufficient as possible, the day-to-day running costs of a site and school as extensive as ours are still substantial and varied, from feeding our animals to providing stipends to OUR amazing teaching staff, keeping the property fully insured, and constantly striving towards a better future for our Village, our community, and our planet, and to do that work, we need your help.
As members of OUR community, we invite you to make a commitment to the Village by becoming a Sustainer. OUR Sustainers are valued members of the community who help support the day-to-day running of the Village with automated monthly contributions while at the same time showing Vancity and other major funders and financial supporters that the local and international community also sees and supports the incredible value of the work of the Village.
In addition, OUR Sustainers gain access to some fantastic value-based perks, depending on the value of their monthly contribution. Those perks and support levels are listed below, along with information about signing up to join our network of Sustainers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office. We can’t wait to see you at OUR next Sustainers event! We invite you to join “O.U.R. Sustainers” in a few easy steps by setting up a monthly donation.