Selling groceries might keep our store in business, but giving back to our community is at the heart of what we do. Change for Community reaps big rewards for the community and planet. It’s been a great success and due to your generosity. Last year, we raised $7,359 in donations! The program also incentivized the use of more 38,000 reusable bags. There’s even more potential to make a positive impact in 2019 and beyond as we build a bigger new store!
There are three ways for you to help: round up your purchase total to the nearest dollar, bring a bag and donate your reusable bag credit (in the form of a bean worth 5¢), or share your pocket change. Each quarter, three organizations are recipients of the reusable bag credits and each month one of those organizations gets a turn at being a round-up recipient. With your help, we can be the positive change for community!
July-September 2019 – Change for Community Recipients:
Lower Columbia Hispanic Council The mission: equitable integration of resident Hispanics into the broader social and economic fabric of the lower Columbia Community. (Rounding up in July.)
MOMS Club of Astoria Provides fun and enriching experiences for local mothers and children, and engages in community service projects. (Rounding up in August.)
North Coast Swim Club This non-profit is a year-round competitive swim club providing education in the sport of swimming. (Rounding up in September.)
Scholarships opportunities are available for those who qualify.
How to apply: Click here to download an application.
Past Change for Community Recipients:
Astoria Parks Foundation (still tallying the total)
Camp Kiwanilong (still tallying the total)
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (still tallying the total)
Clatsop Animal Assistance $1618.61
Helping Hands $1068.53
The Harbor $1414.91
Clatsop Community Action Food Bank $673.16
Little Ballet Theatre $616.41
Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program $877.63
Clatsop CASA $654.06
North Coast Food Web’s Fruit Box Project $1323.59
The Healing Circle’s VOCA (Victory Over Child Abuse) Camps $1210.44
Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank $1097.84
Astoria Parks Foundation $906.86
What happened to Beans for Bags? It’s now part of Change for Community. Read more…
Fun fact: Beans for Bags has incentivized the use of 144,045 reusable bags and supported 35 different community organizations with $7401 in donations since May 2015. The co-op will continue to incentivize reusable bags and raise funds for community with Change for Community.
In the news: Astoria Co-op Donates to Clatsop Animal Assistance