Rally for Change

Anytime you check-out at City Market, you can choose to "round up" your total to the nearest dollar. At the end of the month, we donate 50% of those funds to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, 40% to an organization that aligns with our Global Ends, and 10% to a local non-profit.

In April, you collectively donated $26,569.64

  • $13,284.82 for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
  • $10,627.86 for the Vermont Foodbank
  • $2,656.96 for HANDS

May's 50% Partner: 

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is the largest direct service anti-hunger organization in Vermont. The Food Shelf provides critical nutrition assistance to more than 11,000 Chittenden County residents who struggle with food insecurity and hunger every year. Food Shelf programs provide groceries, hot meals, job training and support for thousands of our neighbors.

May's 40% Partner:

Vermont Community Garden Network

The organization was established in 2001 as Friends of Burlington Gardens and added a statewide program in 2005. In 2013 they officially changed the organization name to Vermont Community Garden Network to reflect the organization's statewide work and dramatically increased the services and support for the state's 500+ community-based gardens. They provide technical assistance, grants, training, and networking opportunities for garden groups and hands-on garden education for adults, families, seniors, and New Americans.

VCGN's programs have helped start and grow hundreds of garden sites and they have connected thousands of people to fresh, healthy food - and to each other! The Community Teaching Garden, our hands on beginning organic gardening program, was launched in 2003 in Burlington and more than 200 adults have completed the 22-week course, learning how to plant, cultivate, harvest, and preserve fresh vegetables in a fun and supportive environment. They also partner with the VNA Family Room, HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors), and other organizations for garden education programming in affordable housing sites, veterans and senior centers. Their Gardens for Learning program benefits children at risk of summertime hunger through gardening, cooking, and nutrition education and fun activities.  And the Grow It! workshops help train and prepare leaders in communities throughout the state to implement and manage community gardens that feed thousands of people who rely on them for healthy, nutritious and sustainable food right where they live.

They do all this with a small staff, a strong board and an amazing team of volunteers and supporters!

May's 10% Partner:

Make a Wish Vermont

Make-A-Wish Vermont has been in existence since 1989. Under the umbrella of the national organization, Make-A-Wish America, the chapter has granted over 800 wishes to Vermont children. 

Make-A-Wish Vermont’s mission is to create life-changing wishes for children facing critical illnesses. Children they work with are offered an experience, limited only by their own imagination. They absorb all financial aspects of the wish so that the child and family can fully enjoy the wish experience without any monetary burden. 

They believe that behind every child facing a critical illness is a family and a community struggling to find a source of hope. One of their primary goals at Make-A-Wish Vermont is not only to provide a wish experience that enriches a Wish Kid’s life, but to also inspire their family and community with hope, strength and joy.  

At Make-A-Wish Vermont they're always thinking beyond the wish, they specifically focus on building a community of Wish Families, volunteers and staff. Make-A-Wish Vermont recently moved its office to a new location, and it is a magical space that serves as the heart of the community. With beanbag furniture, vintage video games, natural wood floors and large windows highlighting natural sunlight, the new home of Make-A-Wish Vermont is a fun, inspiring location for children and families. 

The wish experience is about more than just one moment in time, it is about a life-long impact, which is why they find ways to include Wish Kids in our mission long after the wish has been granted. Wish Kids continue to work with Make-A-Wish as Wish Ambassadors, sharing their stories all across the state and we are constantly looking into the community for donated opportunities to provide for their Wish Kids. 

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 4 years out (it's a popular program and our community has many amazing non-profits!). Visit our donations page to learn how to apply.