Rounding up at the register has been an tradition here at the Olympia Food Co-op for a long time. It can be an incredible way for our community to come together to help organizations, small business, and individuals in time of need.
We currently have three round-ups:
CECOSESOLA is a huge cooperative network in Venezuela. They operate three food markets, serving thousands of people every weekend, as well as a large health center, funeral home service, health clinics, small farms, and food production co-ops across the country. Increasing political and economic instability in Venezuela presents challenges to our friends to continue the life-changing work they do in the community. Your donation today goes directly to CECOSESOLA to offer emergency support to their workers and cooperatives.
Here is a film that the Olympia Food Co-op staff produced after our first exchange with CECOSESOLA in 2012.
In response to an incident on May 21, 2015 – when Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin were shot by an Olympia Police Officer – the Co-op will be gathering funds at the register for the Chaplin/Thompson family.
Community Sustaining Fund
The Community Sustaining Fund is a non-profit organization offering seed and sustaining funds for various local organizations. The grant cycle is open twice a year. Here is an article in the Table, Spring 2016 issue, written by an Olympia Food Co-op Board Member.