In the Community → 1% Wednesdays

 

Berkshire Co-op Market donates 1% of total Wednesday sales to local community based organizations.  Every year, as part of our Board of Directors Election in October/November, our owners select twelve organizations that will receive the funds for the next year.  Then, the twelve winners are randomly assigned the month in which they will receive the funds.

2017 Recipients

January Community Access to the Arts  is CATA provides innovative arts workshops to people with disabilities in a wide range of genres—painting, drawing, dance, theater, singing, drumming, juggling, yoga, and creative writing—and then shares their artistic creations with the community through our annual performance and year-round art shows. These public events shine a light on the talents of our CATA artists, drawing attention to the ability within disability.
February Project Sprout is a student-run community garden project at Monument Mountain Regional High School, that provides fresh fruits and veggies to local schools and charitable organizations in the community, while enriching the education and environmental-connectedness for students in grades pre-K through 12th.
March Multicultural Bridge  promotes mutual understanding and acceptance among diverse groups serving as a resource to both local institutions and the community at large.
April Trustees of Reservations mission is to protect the distinct character of our communities and inspire a commitment to our special places. Their passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures we care for. Trustees of Reservations cares for more than 100 special places – nearly 25,000 acres – all around Massachusetts.
May Berkshire Children & Families  launches children and parents toward success, through partnerships with families, communities, agencies, schools and funders, for brighter futures and lifetime success.
June Great Barrington Trails & Greenways  is a collaborative of hard-working organizations
dedicated to: The active exploration of the outdoors, The care of our natural resources and The health of our community. 
July Elizabeth Freeman Center  offers hope, help, and healing to all experiencing or affected by domestic and sexual violence through free, accessible, and confidential services in Berkshire County.
August Community Suppers @ Berkshire South serves well over 3,600 meals to individuals coming from a diverse economic background. The Community Supper program is made up of local chefs and restaurants that volunteer their talents to provide meals to the community on a weekly basis. These suppers allow the Center to serve a delicious, nutritious and healthy meal to the community.
September Railroad Street Youth Project assists young members of the community explore their full potential and become equipped to meet the challenging transition to adulthood. RSYP’s professional staff expertly pairs youth-generated ideas with community resources, empowering youth to create and oversee a wide range of innovative, life-changing projects. Unmatched in mission and scope, RSYP excels in helping youth find their voice and realize the benefits of their commitment to themselves and their community.
October Great Barrington Land Conservancy is dedicated to conservation and stewardship of our community’s natural resources and special places. Through their stewardship projects they engage the community in the under-standing, appreciation and care of our natural resource areas.
November Food Bank of Western Mass Since 1982, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. They distribute food to  member agencies in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
December Monument Mountain Farm to School  The Farm to School program makes it possible to bring healthy and local food/snacks to the students of MMRHS.

 

2016 Recipients

January Housatonic River Walk $786.19
February Volunteers in Medicine $809.14
March Literacy Network of South Berkshires $956.87
April Berkshire Grown $868.29
May Berkshire Center for Justice $846.71
June The People’s Pantry $1083.14
July Construct Inc. $947.42
August Greenagers $1,125.39
September Community Health Programs $830.14
October Berkshire Habitat for Humanity $935.10
November Fairview Hospital $1,252.72
December Center for EcoTechnology ???
$10,441.11

 

2015 Recipients

 

January The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts $843.45
February Railroad Street Youth Project $837.80
March The Elizabeth Freeman Center $952.74
April Monument Mountain Farm to School Store $1,086.13
May Great Barrington Land Conservancy $925.24
June Community Lunches at The Guthrie Center $890.89
July Berkshires Bounty $1,183.16
August Project Sprout $940.69
September Berkshire Children and Families $1,103.06
October WBCR Community Radio $801.84
November Berkshire South Community Suppers $957.63
December Community Access to the Arts $1,187.26
$11,709.89