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.

2016 Recipients

January Housatonic River Walk  is a greenway trail along the Housatonic River in the downtown center of Great Barrington where 2300 citizen volunteers are working to reclaim the beauty of a “working river” abused by years of industrial waste and neglect.
February Volunteers in Medicine free clinic provides access to quality health care for income qualified, uninsured and underinsured residents of the Berkshire region in a respectful and caring manner. VIM serves local patients, age 19 to 64, with medical, dental and optometry services by utilizing volunteer local health care professionals.
March Literacy Network of South Berkshires mission is to make one-on-one instruction in basic academic skills accessible to adults living in southern Berkshire County. Through the use of community volunteers trained by Literacy Network staff, they provide instruction on a confidential basis in reading, math, obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, and learning English as a second language. All services are provided without charge and tailored to the individual student’s learning needs.
April Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They do this by advocating for farmers, supporting good agricultural practices, fostering education and outreach, increasing community access to local food, networking farmers and food buyers, and promoting locally-grown and produced food.
May Berkshire Center for Justice  Formerly known as the Free Legal Clinic of South Berkshire, BCJ works to connect local professionals with those Berkshire County residents who are experiencing very real barriers to accessing the civil legal counsel they need and deserve. They also address the larger social issues that lie at the root of these gaps in the service. The demand for their services grows monthly, primarily through word of mouth, and BCJ responds to the community’s needs by holding weekly free legal clinics, providing direct legal services, teaching clients how to self advocate where appropriate in the legal system, offering community education programs, conducting interviews, and speaking publicly about the ways law and social issues interface.
June The People’s Pantry offers emergency groceries free of charge to community members in need. There are no financial requirements to receive support and distributions take place weekly in Great Barrington.
July Construct Inc. provides comprehensive housing, support and educational services to anyone in the Southern Berkshire region who has lost his or her home or who lacks financial resources to maintain safe, decent and affordable housing.
August Greenagers, through its paid employment programs, internships and apprenticeships, engages teens and young adults in meaningful work in environmental conservation, sustainable farming and natural resource management. In the Berkshires and nearby New York State, trail crews maintain existing trails and build new trails for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations, Columbia Land Conservancy and other conservation organizations. Farm Apprentices work with local farmers, learning animal husbandry and organic agriculture. And volunteer teams install front-yard gardens for area families, to encourage home-based food growing.
September Community Health Programs provides high quality care for infants, children, adults and elders who reside in South Berkshire County and the surrounding areas, regardless of income or insurance status. Since their beginning more than 30 years ago, they have grown from providing health care for the children of a handful of needy families to serving more than 20,000 children and adults annually.
October Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that builds homes, communities and hope. Berkshire Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
November Fairview Hospital is a 25 bed federally-designated Critical Access Hospital. Recently named a Top Rural Hospital in 2013 by the Leapfrog Group and a Top Critical Access Hospital by Carechex for high quality patient care and satisfaction. Fairview serves the southern Berkshire, tri-state communities in Connecticut and New York. Fairview also offers a full range of primary services including cardiology consultation and testing, critical care, diagnostic imaging (including digital mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and CT scan), endoscopy, physical therapy and rehabilitation, nutritional and diabetes counseling, The Family Birthplace, surgical care (including general, orthopedic, opthalmogic and gynecologic specialities), dialysis, wound care and a wide variety of support groups and community programs to improve and maintain health.
December Center for EcoTechnology‘s  mission is “to research, develop, demonstrate and promote those technologies which have the least disruptive impact on the natural ecology of the Earth.” Over the next three years, CET has committed to helping 80,000 people take green actions to reduce their environmental impact.

 

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