Record Donation

Since Change for Community’s inception a little more than a year ago, the co-op has raised more than $16,000 for local non-profits.

We raised more than $4,700 to donate to three local non-profits in the second quarter of 2019 through our Change for Community program. This includes the co-op’s biggest donation ever: $2,000 to Wildlife Center of the North Coast.

The wildlife center takes in injured, orphaned or sick native wildlife with a goal of rehabilitating the animals and releasing them back into their natural habitat. The organization relies on donations, fundraisers and grants to provide veterinary care, food, supplies and facilities maintenance. 

“It is comforting and inspiring to know that we have that kind of support locally,” Executive Director Joshua Saranpaa said.

Change for Community provides funds for local nonprofits and incentivizes the use of reusable bags. There are three ways for shoppers to contribute: bringing a bag and donating their bean (token worth 5¢), rounding up purchases to the nearest dollar and sharing pocket change.

Three non-profits are selected to be Change for Community recipients each quarter and each month, one gets a turn to be the round up recipient. In addition to the wildlife center, the co-op also raised $1,370 for Camp Kiwanilong and $1,382 for Astoria Parks, Recreation & Community Foundation during April-June.

 “A healthy planet and a strong community are important to the co-op and we’re grateful for the support of our shoppers in allowing us to make a real impact that goes beyond selling groceries,” Marketing Director Zetty Nemlowill said.

Since Change for Community’s inception a little more than a year ago, the co-op has raised more than $16,000 for local non-profits. The co-op has also incentivized the use of more than 66,000 reusable bags. For more information and/or to apply for your organization to become a Change for Community recipient, click here.

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