Rally for Change

Anytime you check-out at City Market, you can choose to "round up" your total to the nearest dollar. Each month, that spare change is donated to three great non-profits that align with the Co-op's mission. 

50% Partner (every month):

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf


Febuary's 40% Partner:

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA - VT)

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) was founded in Putney in 1971, making it one of the oldest organic farming associations in the United States. At NOFA - VT, they're passionate about increasing the acreage of certified organic land in Vermont while also increasing the access of local organic food to all Vermonters.  All of their programs strive to meet these goals, whether that involves working with schools to bring local foods into the cafeteria or providing business planning services to farmers to ensure their businesses stay viable. Whether you are a Vermonter who gardens, farms, eats local food, or enjoys our rural communities, NOFA Vermont welcomes you!

Also note - The NOFA-VT Winter Conference is coming up!  Everyone is invited on February 18th, 19th and 20th at UVM in Burlington for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont's 35th annual Winter Conference! This event is a great chance for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and organic food enthusiasts to come together for three days of learning, inspiration, good food, and fellowship. This year’s conference theme is Beyond Borders:  Our Role in the Global Food Movement, featuring internationally-renowned keynote speakers Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote (from Cuba) and Dr. Vandana Shiva (from India). There are 100+ workshops scheduled, day-long intensives, a Children's Conference, and much more! Find details and register online at nofavt.org/conference


February's 10% Partner:

Fairewinds Energy Education

Fairewinds Energy Education is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2008. Located in downtown Burlington, their mission is to educate the public about nuclear power and the current energy issues we're facing today. They have designed their website to be a hub for fact-based, undistorted atomic power information. Fairewinds’ website features podcasts and videos, in which they collaborate with experts in wide ranging fields to discuss many topics related to atomic energy.

On their website you’ll also find blog posts on current events, expert witness reports on nuclear safety issues, frequently asked questions (FAQs) about atomic power, a nuclear book list, archives of our presentations, media coverage, newsletters, and much more. Thanks to their dedicated volunteer translators, the content is available in four languages.

Their work is supported by grants and by many small individual donations from people like you around the world who believe in the work as much as they do. The Fairewinds Crew works hard to demystify nuclear power through education.


About Rally for Change

In October 2014, City Market updated its program for collecting donations at the register! Previously, we selected a different non-profit each month and donated 5 cents for each bag our customers reused (our "Change for Local Non-Profits" program). Every register also included tear off coupons so customers could donate to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. In addition, each year in February we sold $1 Hearts for the Intervale Center and in September $1 Lunch Trays for Hunger Free Vermont, with all donations going to each respective organization. We've consolidated all of these programs into our new "Rally for Change" program which allows customers to "round up" their order at each register, each time they check-out at the Co-op.

In the name of education, opportunity, and streamlining how we do things here at the Co-op, we created a Rally for Change program! This program allows customers to “round up” their payment at the register (e.g., a $25.42 checkout could be rounded up to $26 for a $0.58 donation). The Co-op will then donate this “round up” change to a variety of local non-profits each month (so, not just one!) that are doing amazing work in our community. Want to round up to the nearest five or ten dollars? You can do that too! Each month, we’ll share who will be receiving the donations (in our newsletter, with store signage and through staff education).

With more than 4,000 transactions each day through our registers, we all have the opportunity to share what we think of as “small change” to rally for bigger community-wide change. This new Rally program will take the place of the “tear off” coupons we have at the registers and will also take the place of our Change for Local Non-Profits (or bag refunds) program.

Not to worry, a large percentage of each month’s donation will go to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and we anticipate that this program will actually increase their donations. Through this new program, we will also continue to offer donations to local non-profits that are on the waiting list for our previous "Change for Local Non-Profits" bag refund program (and any new ones that we add to the list!). Here’s how the donation percentages will work out each month:

  • 50% to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, every month

  • 40% to an organization that aligns with the Co-op’s Global Ends

  • 10% to a local non-profit that may not directly align so closely with our Global Ends, but still works to make our community a better place (much like the Change for Local Non-Profits Program)

This new program gives our cashiers and staff an opportunity to engage with our customers and together we’ll both support and learn more about the organizations that make our community a better place to live. We’re excited to give it a try and are interested to hear what you think!

Past Recipients

Do you run a local non-profit that aligns with our Global Ends?

Your organization can apply to become a Rally for Change 10% Partner. We are currently filling slots 2 years out (it's a popular program and our community has many amazing non-profits!). Visit our donations page to learn how to apply.