What are OSCA’s Projects?
- Local foods: OSCA has established connections with local farmers. Whenever possible, co-ops purchase food from nearby farms, supporting area farmers rather than agribusiness.
- Composting: OSCA composts as much food waste as possible.
- Recycling: OSCA recycles glass, plastics, cardboard, metal, and paper.
- Nicaraguan Sister Partnership: OSCA supports a women’s farm co-op in Nicaragua, sending money to establish a loan fund to assist its members in purchasing cows. OSCA has also sponsored trips by Oberlin students to meet with the Nicaraguan co-op members.
- Environmental Issues: OSCA tries to use environmentally-friendly products whenever possible.
- Accessibility: OSCA’s Accessibility Committee works to make OSCA more physically, socially, and financially accessible. This has resulted in the chartering of Third-World Co-op and the formation of the time-aid program, as well as the Subcommittee on Privilege and Oppression (COPAO).
- OSCA rents space to the Bike Co-op, which occupies the east side of Keep Co-op's basement.
- Loans and Grants: As one of the most financially stable student co-ops in the country, OSCA is able to loan money and give grants to local businesses and other co-ops. OSCA currently supports environmental, community revitalization efforts, other co-ops, and gives grants to non-profit and charitable organizations.
- Socially Responsible Investing: OSCA invests the majority of our assets in socially responsible funds such as the Kagawa Student Loan fund and and credit unions.