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Give the Change You Wish to See

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Every day, Hunger Mountain Co-op shoppers can support a local nonprofit organization orcommunity partner by rounding up their purchase at the register through the Co-op’s Give Change program. By doing so, they are participating in a collective effort to support organizations and programs that have a direct impact on our local community. By giving their spare change, they are creating the change they want to see in our region and the world.

Over the past year, recipient organizations were the Central Vermont Humane Society, Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Food Bank of Central and

Eastern North Carolina, Community Harvest of Central Vermont, Capstone Community Action, Good Samaritan Haven, North Branch Nature Center, People’s Health and Wellness Clinic, Vermont Foodbank, and Montpelier Food Pantry.

Give Change round-up donations also supported the Co-op’s Holiday Grocery Pack event, Feed A Family Food and Fund Drive, and the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund. All together, Co-op shoppers donated a total of $9,722.86 in support of all of these remarkable organizations and invaluable community programs.

“I would just like to say that I am again humbled by the generosity and

support of our amazing community,” said Patrick Donegan, interim executive director at Good Samaritan Haven. “I would like to also thank Hunger Mountain again for their continued support of GSH. Every little bit counts. We are an organization that counts very much on donations to be able to provide everything needed for our guests. Projects like Give Change provide everything from a warm meal to a blanket to a bus pass for someone to get to a doctor’s appointment. Anyone who participated in this wonderful fundraiser should know that they made a change in somebody’s life this winter.”

From now until September 29, Co-op shoppers can continue to impact the lives of fellow community members by rounding up their purchases to the next dollar each time they check out, donating that spare change to Everybody Wins! This literacy-based mentoring program pairs mentors and children at 26 area schools, where the adults read for one hour over lunch each week with an elementary grade student. While creating important connections between mentors and students, the program sets those students up to love reading and succeed in life.

In coming months, recipient organizations will include Downstreet Housing and Community Develop- ment, Capstone Community Action, Good Samaritan Haven, Friends of the Winooski River, People’s Health and Wellness Clinic, and Vermont Foodbank. To opt into being asked to round up every time they shop and make sure they never miss an opportunity to support these organizations, members can visit the Co-op’s website at hungermountain.coop/give-change.

This text provided and sponsored by Hunger Mountain Co-op.