Pennies for Change Update and Our Summer Partners

We want to say thank you to our members and shoppers for making Pennies for Change a huge success.

Because of your generous giving, the Pennies for Change Program raised $15,167.21 in June. Through the Pennies for Change Program, our members and shoppers are helping their Co-op fulfill cooperative principle 7, Concern for Community.

Over the past month we’ve had many customers contact us to let us know how much they appreciated the new program. And we want you to know how much we appreciate all the feedback we’ve received. Running programs like Pennies for Change is such a rewarding experience. In the Outreach and Member Services Department, our goal is to tell the story and make connections for our shoppers, and Pennies for Change is another way to help connect people to our community.

Over the next few months, look to the monitor displays in our stores. We’ll be telling the story of how the funds you donated are making an impact in our local community.

To find out more about Pennies for Change, check out the post here. If you know of an Upper Valley non-profit organization who you feel could greatly benefit from this program, help us get the word out! Applications for the program can be found on our website. We’re looking to fill spots in 2017, and will be reviewing applications in September.

Now for the best part. Because of you, our Pennies for Change Partners for June will receive:

Our Food Access Partners
Listen Community Services: $3,033.44
Upper Valley Haven: $3,033.44
Willing Hands: $3,033.44

Our June Community Partners
Child and Family Services of NH: $4,550.16
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: $1,516.72

Keep checking here each month to read profiles on our Pennies for Change Partners. Learn more about our summer partners below. 


A long-time Co-op Community Partner, Headrest provides addiction and crisis support services, regardless of a client’s ability to pay. Located in Lebanon, NH, Headrest’s services include inpatient and outpatient care to support addiction recovery, and a 24-hour hotline that has operated continuously since 1971. The hotline responds to more than 10,000 calls per year. 

Vital Communities
Dedicated to socio-economic progress, quality-of-life issues, and community building, Vital Communities is an umbrella organization for a variety of well-known Upper Valley non-profit projects: Local First Alliance, Upper Valley Housing Coalition, Valley Quest, Valley Food and Farm, and more. The organization also sponsors a regional leadership academy known as Leadership Upper Valley.


Twin Pines Housing Trust
The Upper Valley has one of the tightest housing markets in the country, making many homes unaffordable for working families. Twin Pines builds and renovates affordable multi-family apartments, single-family homes, and mobile home parks, providing housing for low- and moderate-income families in the process. Generally, affordable housing includes apartments or homes with monthly payments at less than 30 percent of income. 

Mascoma Valley Health Initiative
The vision of the Mascoma Valley Health Initiative is, “All people in the Upper Valley working together to enjoy the best health possible. To that end, the organization supports many different community-health projects, including: the Indian River Youth 2 Youth after-school program, the Mascoma Valley Prevention Network, and the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley. 

Ken Davis of the Co-op Outreach Department contributed to this post. Also, thanks to our Community Partners for providing information for this post from their websites. Please visit their sites to learn more!


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Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers is the Co-op's member education manager. Contact her at erogers at coopfoodstore dot com.

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