Give Back to our Community
Part of the mission of the Co-op is to serve our community. We do this through education, event sponsorships, various types of donations, grants, and loans.
Sponsorships & Donations
Submit information about your local event for sponsorship consideration. Contact Kevin Murphy or 360-734-8158 ext. 313.
Small donation requests range from $20-$50. Complete our Donation Request Form for a donation or gift card good for purchase of Co-op food/goods for community meetings, fundraising events, or other functions. Contact Kevin Murphy, or 360-734-8158 ext. 313.
MAC Grant Requests
The Member Affairs Committee awards four $400 grants to nonprofit organizations every year. Contact Jean Rogers or 360-734-8158 ext. 311.
Community Shopping Days
Every year the Co-op Board of Directors selects 12 community organizations to receive a Community Shopping Day. Selected organizations receive 2% of one day’s sales, all register donations made during the month through the Donate the Difference program, and have the opportunity to educate shoppers about their programs in the Co-op newsletter and with in-store displays.
The 2016 Community Shopping Day application period has closed
We’ll announce the 2016 Community Shopping Day organizations in December. Good luck to everyone that applied!
The application period for 2017 will be July 1-September 1, 2016.
2015 Community Shopping Days recipients
There are two ways to support these organizations.
1. Shop the third Saturday of the month. The Co-op donates 2% of total sales from this day.
2. Donate the Difference–you can round up your purchase at the register on any day of the month to “Donate the Difference.”
January 17 — Bellingham Farmers Market’s Fresh Bucks EBT Match
February 21 — PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics – Reach Out and Read Program
March 21 — United Blind of Whatcom County
April 18 — York Community Farm
May 16 — The Arc of Whatcom County
June 20 — Whatcom Skillshare Faire
July 18 — Whatcom Humane Society
August 15 — Ragfinery
September 19 — Jet Oldsters/Ferndale Senior Activity Center
October 17 — Dorothy Place
November 21 — Wild Whatcom
December 19 — KAVZ-LP FM 102.5
Learn more about the Farm Fund. You can add your support for local agriculture by donating to the Farm Fund at the registers when you shop at the Co-op. For more information about the fund contact Farm Fund Administrator Jean Rogers or 360-734-8158 ext. 311.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
2015 CSA Farm List (compiled by our partners at Sustainable Connections)
CSA (community supported agriculture) subscribers choose a local farm and then receive boxes of farm-fresh produce throughout the harvest season delivered fresh from that farm, often accompanied by a newsletter and recipes.