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 pgoram, and have the opportunity to educate shoppers about their programs in the Co-op newsletter and with in-store displays.
The 2015 Community Shopping Day application period has closed.
Good luck to all the worthy organizations that applied for a 2015 Community Shopping Day. We just wish there were more months in the year to serve all the worthwhile projects that have been submitted. The 2016 CSD application period will be July 1 – September 1, 2015.
2014 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 and “Donate the Difference.”
January 18 – Growing Veterans ($2,204.79 total donated)
February 15 – Sterling Bike Works ($2,222.66 total donated)
March 15 – Bellingham High School Band Boosters ($2,180.01 total donated)
April 19 – Friends of Island Library ($2,504.87 total donated)
May 17 – Pails-n-Trails 4-H Club ($2,040.59 total donated)
June 21 – Catholic Community Services Homeless Housing Program ($1,905.44 total donated)
July 19 – LAW Advocates ($1,980.88 total donated)
August 16 – Community to Community Development ($1,845.28 total donated)
September 20 – Common Threads Farm and School Garden Collective
October 18 – Conservation Northwest
November 15 – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
December 20 – Futurewise Whatcom
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)
See our current list of 2014 CSA Farm List.