In the Community → Round Up For Change!

Doing REAL GOOD is a core tenet of our Co-op values. That’s why every customer, every day is asked if they’d like to round up their total to the nearest dollar so their spare change can MAKE BIG CHANGE in our community. There are twelve recipient organizations that have been democratically selected by our Owners and each month one of those organizations will receive the money raised through our ROUND UP FOR CHANGE program.

As decided by the Owners who voted at the 2018 annual meeting, the organizations that will benefit from your spare change in 2019 are listed below.

Is there an organization you want to nominate for selection at our 2019 annual meeting?

Nominate them now and we’ll put them on the ballot!

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for nominations is September 20, 2019 at 5pm.

January Non-profit Center of the Berkshires helps nonprofits connect, learn, & grow. They strive to make life easier for nonprofits by identifying gaps in services and creating affordable solutions.

February Berkshire Pulse is a dynamic nonprofit dance, world music, and movement arts education center located in downtown Housatonic. Pulse’s
year-round programming provides children, teens, and adults with the opportunity to engage in the joy of movement and music while learning the rewards of commitment, community involvement, and the vast benefits of artistic expression.

March Berkshire Baby Box provides a safe sleeping space for newborns, essential items, and an educational component which connects ALL new Berkshire County parents to local resources and community support.

April Berkshire Agricultural Ventures provides nimble financing (through community matching grants and below market rate flexible term loans) and one-on-one technical assistance to food and farming entrepreneurs and local businesses to help them thrive in today’s challenging economic landscape.

May Community Development Corp. of Southern Berkshire (CDCSB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities, promoting economic development, and building low-moderate income housing in south Berkshire County.

June Berkshire Ferments puts on an Annual Fermentation Festival that is a FREE day long celebration of all things fermented and cultured. At the festival you can expect to see an array of local cultured food vendors sampling and selling their products along with educational lectures, book signings, live music and much much more. The main goal is that the festival is accessible to everyone in the community and there are opportunities to learn something new & offer support to local businesses.

July Gould Farm is the first residential community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health challenges move toward recovery, health, and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical support. Within this safe, family-like community made up of guests, staff, families and volunteers, all members are accepted, respected and celebrated as individuals.

August At Railroad Street Youth Project youth explore their full potential and become equipped to meet the challenging transition to adulthood. 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.

September BHRSD Project Connection provides academic, social/emotional and family support for over 200 high needs students and their families each year. This year Project Connection will begin sending home food to help families get through school vacations as well.

October Charley’s Fund is a small but mighty non-profit whose mission is to support the development of treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. Charley’s Fund was founded by Alford parents Benjy and Tracy Seckler, whose son, Charley, was diagnosed in 2004. They have local roots but are working very hard to have a global impact in fighting this vicious disease.

November Music In Common is a non-profit organization that empowers diverse cultures and faiths to discover common ground through collaborative songwriting, multimedia, and performance. In any community, their programs transform apprehension into trust, fear into acceptance, powerlessness into action. Working together face to face, participants expand understanding, build confidence, strengthen community, wage peace, and – yes – change the world!

December The Denise Kaley Fund for Berkshire County Women with Cancer is the only fund in our region to provide support for the daily living expenses of women who are living both with a cancer diagnosis and in extreme financial need. They work with the Fund’s Community Referral Network at our two hospitals who refer patients. To date they have made 235 such grants.

See a list of the 2018 Round Up Recipients and the funds we raised for them!