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. 220.
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. 220.
MAC Grant Requests
The Member Affairs Committee awards four $400 grants to nonprofit organizations every year. Contact Jean Rogers or 360-734-8158 ext. 217.
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 CSD application period will be July 1 – September 1, 2015.
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. 217.
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.