Once each quarter, we’re conducting a Round Up at the Register where cashiers ask our shoppers if they’d like to round up their total (or add extra!) in order to donate to a group that is making a difference in our community. The Round Up recipient will change each quarter.
The first Round Up at The Register recipient for 2019 is Soil Cycles. This nonprofit provides a bicycle-powered food scrap pick-up service that makes composting easy, accessible, and affordable for residences, restaurants, and businesses in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They turn the collected compost scraps into fuel for healthy, locally grown food in our community.
The funds raised, $700, will go toward a new trailer for compost pick-up and equpiment purchase and maintenance.
The fourth quarter recipient for Round Up at the Register is the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. They provide healthy, nutritious food to more than 106,000 children, families and individuals in our area every month. The check for $1,200 will supply the BRAFB with funds to provide 4,800 meals to those in need.
We are so pleased to have the support of our staff and customers whose generosity enables us to give to the many organizations and businesses who are making a difference in our community.
Our third quarter recipient is Our Community Place. Our Round Up at the Register raised $1,000 for the installation of solar panels on their roof. The solar panels (to be installed by Give Solar) will reduce overhead costs by $3,000 each year, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. The mission of Our Community Place is to build a safe, loving community of restoration and hope for all, especially those facing homelessness and other adverse experiences.
The check was presented to Executive Director, Sam Nickels, on October 16, 2018.
The second Round Up recipient for 2018 is the Dallard/Newman House located in Harrisonburg’s Northeast Neighborhood. It is one of few African-American homes to escape demolition during Urban Renewal and is a valuable resource in our community. The funds will go toward preserving this historic home, now listed with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and turning it into a museum for all to appreciate.
The Co-op was able to raise $1,000 to assist them with the preservation and the check was presented to them on July 5, 2018.
The first Round Up recipient for 2018 is Blacks Run Forest Farm. The riparian nursery grows trees along the Blacks Run Stream that not only serve as an orchard and welcoming park, but also provide air conditioning, carbon converting and watershed restoring. They are passionate about the health of Blacks Run and all those who live in its watershed.
The Co-op was able to raise $1,225 to assist them with this undertaking.
Our first Round Up recipient for 2017 was the Harrisonburg Farmers Market’s SNAP Matching Funds Program. We are pleased to announce we were able to present a check for $1,000 to the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Our second Round Up recipient for 2017 is Harrisonburg Public School’s Mobile Cafe summer meals program. We presented a check for $1,500 to them on June 16.
The third quarter Round Up recipient is On the Road Collaborative’s Emerging Chefs program. Youth who participate in the Emerging Chefs program not only learn how to cook, but also learn about local food systems and food service skills. They received a $1,500 check on September 8.
The 2017 final quarter Round Up recipient is the co-op’s own GIVE FRESH program. All monetary donations will go to purchase fresh, local and/or organic produce for those who cannot afford it.
We raised over $900 in funds that will go to purchase this produce for those in need.