Congratulations to this years recipients! Grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with our Mission Statement: To build a just marketplace that nourishes the community.
Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, Springfield, MA :The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) is a public foundation that pools the collective power of its donors to advance gender equity by investing in the leadership of women, girls, and the nonprofit organizations that serve them in Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1995 after its founders
attended the United Nations Conference for Women in Beijing, China, WFWM was incorporated in 1997 with initial grants to organizations in the state’s four western counties being made in 1998. WFWM advances gender equity by providing community investments informed by research and best practices both locally and nationally.
Pioneer Valley Power Pack Easthampton, MA: Pioneer Valley Power Packs Weekend Food Program was founded in October of 2017. It is designed to provide food insecure children in Participating Pioneer Valley Area Schools with a discreetly packed weekend supply of nutritious food distributed each Friday (or Thursday depending on inclement-weather) at the Participating Schools during the Academic School Year.
The “Power Packs” contain nonperishable foods to supplement meals received at school during the week. The weekend power pack includes two breakfast options, two lunch options and two snack options that can be easily prepared. The contents of the pack can vary depending on the food and donations available. The students return the empty-backpacks the subsequent Monday for filling and distribution the following week.
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Easthampton, MA: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is an ecological gem and educational innovator that is part of the Mass Audubon network of sanctuaries. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts; offers environmental education programs to young people and adults; and engages members in advocacy on environmental issues.
For its 76 years of existence, Arcadia has been a protector of land and important wildlife habitats as well as an innovator in environmental education and addressing environmental issues, most recently the climate crisis. https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia
Easthampton Neighbors, Easthampton, MA: Easthampton Neighbors ]is a caring community that encourages social connections, promoting healthy, vibrant aging in place. Our "neighbors helping neighbors" approach gives members and their families greater peace of mind knowing a local support network is in place.
Julius Ford Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community Plainfield, MA
The Julius Ford/Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community (JFHTHLC) creates year-round opportunities for youth of color and marginalized youth to practice critical thinking, leadership development, self-expression, cultural exploration, environmental sustainability, and foster social justice consciousness.
The JFHTHLC was formed in 2007 by Debora Ferreira Esq., Julius Ford Esq., Margit Galanter, Dr. Enoch Page, and Gopi Donald Shelton to create opportunities for youth of color. Over the past 13 years, the organization has developed into a community which enriches the lives of hundreds of young people in Western Massachusetts.
Common Good, Ashfield, MA
Common Good is local non-profit, non-bank financial institution serving residents in the Pioneer Valley. Common Good is reinventing commerce and the economy from something that is imposed by Wall Street financiers and distant government, to something that we, as friends, family, and neighbors, can all participate in, control, and directly benefit from. https://commongood.earth
Gardening the Community
Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
Sojouner Truth MemorialCommittee
Friends of Hampshire County Homeless
Cutchins Programs for Children and Families
Help Yourself, Inc
Prospect Meadow Farm
Sunnyside Child Care
The River Valley Co-op Community Fund is a nonprofit charitable foundation established by River Valley Co-op's Board of Directors in 2013. The River Valley Co-op Community Fund is one of 40 individual food co-op funds which are aggregated for investment in cooperative development. The earnings of River Valley Co-op’s Community Fund can be donated to local nonprofits selected by the co-op, while the invested funds continue to support co-op development in our region. The River Valley Co-op Community Fund is administered by the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation. We’ve built up our funds with donations from our co-op, our co-op owners and matching funds from some of our vendors to $138,000 over the last few years.
David Thompson, President of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation explains, “There is much to be thankful for in the world of food cooperatives. Through a series of good deeds and contributions from co-ops, funders, and vendors, the Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) grew in 2015 by leveraging another $3 million of much-needed funds for co-op development. We call growing these funds the Give Where You Live Campaign. Each local fund serves as a means for local co-op owners, shoppers, and vendors to make donations to an endowment that donates to local nonpro t organizations.”
Links to Owners
The Cooperative Community Fund program is the leader in developing linkages to co-op owners. No other national donation program run by food co-ops gets its message to so many co-op owners and customers. No other national program raises as much money from food co-op owners and customers to give back to the communities that our food co-ops serve. The 40 CCF food co-op sponsors of our Give Where You Live program have now donated over $500,000 to local nonprofits.
The capacity of the CCF grows every year. Impact through regional reinvesting pursues reinvesting the funds it receives from each region back into development organizations that fund cooperative development in that same region. David Thompson said, “In this way, the CCF capital works hard for co-ops in the regions from whence it came. Successful co-op development occurs when all of the ships in the co-op convoy arrive safely at the same port. Among the different ships in the co-op convoy are: members, boards, lawyers, accountants, consultants, developers, bankers, and funders. By all of us being engaged in cooperative development together, we can shave years off our shared voyage.”
The Board will use interest generated annually by the fund to make donations to qualifying local nonprofit organizations that contribute to the quality of life of Pioneer Valley residents.