We support community by encouraging volunteerism, providing supported employment opportunities, reducing barriers to transportation and participating in member driven democracy.
Assisted driver program: helps people who cannot drive themselves access transportation. Members who cannot drive due to a medical reason may appoint a designated driver to drive on their behalf. The designated driver must meet our driving requirements and fill out an application.
Microloan program: helps seniors and people with low incomes join the carshare by providing free interest loans for the $500 membership share. This can be repaid in monthly payments that fit into their budget.
Supported employment: we work with local service organizations such as the Nelson CARES Society to provide employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Supported employment helps enable people to develop skills and gain confidence in order to continue to live independently in their community.
Supporting Nonprofits: we support non-profit businesses by having a separate monthly membership fee that is based on usage. This makes being a business member more affordable and allows for accurate budgeting for grant projects.
Encouraging volunteerism: we help our members volunteer in their communities by providing free kms or booked hours so they can use a Kootenay Carshare vehicle to do volunteer work.
Addressing social inequality: our low rates gives people who may not be able to afford their own car access to a vehicle when they need it. This addresses social inequality issues and allows this group the opportunity to access employment, social services and other amenities.
Fostering healthy communities: our members are more likely to engage in active transportation and walk or bike for short trips since a car is not parked in their lane way. Public transportation and multi-use trips also increase which improve local air quality and reduces traffic congestion.
Freedom from the car: we reduce the stress of private vehicle ownership by taking care of insurance, routine maintenance, winter tires and unexpected repairs. With access to cars, trucks, SUVs and vans our members get the right vehicle for every type of trip.
Democratic voice: being a member of a non-profit cooperative gives you a voice in the direction of the cooperative. We provide many opportunities for our members to participate on committees and vote on major decisions that face the coop. All members and an equal vote to decide who the board of directors will be.
Co-op Principals: We follow the co-op principals of voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, autonomy and independence, member economic participation, education, training and information, concern for community and co-operation among co-operatives.
Co-ops Supporting Co-ops: we support other local coops whenever possible through the purchase of memberships, goods and services they provide. We participate in the Upper Columbia Cooperative Council and often volunteer vehicles and drivers for group training opportunites. We also support new carshares coops by sharing our experience in rural carsharing such as GO2 carshare in Smithers, BC.