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. 

Rally for Change40% Partner (every month):

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

www.feedingchittenden.org

February's 50% Partner:

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont)

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. Today, they’re proud to have nearly 1200 members throughout the state and to certify over 580 farms and processors to the USDA National Organic Program Standards. 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 their programs strive to meet these goals, whether it 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!

Please join them at the NOFA Vermont Winter Conference February 13-15, 2016 in Burlington; an annual celebration for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and eating enthusiasts for three days of shared learning, inspiration, good food, and great conversation.  In addition, there is a Children’s Conference that welcomes the next generation of farmers and gardeners.  Interested in learning more about NOFA-VT?

www.nofavt.org.

 

February's 10% Partner:

Spectrum

Founded in 1970, Spectrum is a nationally recognized leader in helping youth ages 14-22 and their families turn their lives around. Each year, we serve 2,000 teenagers, young adults, and their family members. 

They provide necessities like a warm place to get a meal or do laundry, along with short- and long-term housing for homeless or at-risk youth and those in or aging out of foster care. Spectrum offer coaching and mentoring for young people on basic life and survival skills, such as getting an education, finding and keeping a job, finding a place to live, or getting a driver’s license so that they can transition successfully to adulthood. They also work with refugees or the young adult children of refugees to help them connect to services. They help young people address substance abuse, mental health issues, patterns of violence, and other critical issues that stand in the way of a happy, thriving adulthood. 

Spectrum has programs for youth that are centered in Burlington and St. Albans. Donations from generous people like you make up 40% of our budget each year. 

The Spectrum Sleep Out        

On the weekend of March 31-April 2, 2016, over 400 business and community leaders and students will unroll their sleeping bags and sleep outside overnight in solidarity with Vermont youth who are homeless and at risk of homelessness. If you’d like to get involved or make a donation, visit www.spectrumsleepout.org to learn more. 

http://www.spectrumvt.org/
 

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:

  • 40% to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, every month

  • 50% 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.