First Alternative Community Events & Programs

First Alternative Co-op is a community-based, socially and environmentally aware business. The Co-op works for the development of the community through environmental incentive programs, monetary donations to organizations chosen by Co-op members, and by offering services and opportunities to the community at large.

Learn about this bag reuse incentive program that supports local charities.

Beans for Bags Logo Green web

Learn about this community resource to keep more materials out of the landfill.

Hand-drawn Recycling

Check our calendar for upcoming tastings, events, and classes.

Co-op Community Activities

The goal of Co-op Community activities are to offer opportunities to connect Co-op Owners with each other, with staff and with the Board of Directors in social and community service based activities. These activities are scheduled quarterly and may include field trips to farms or local businesses, community service activities, potluck picnics, nature walks, etc. Want to learn more about the Co-op Community? Contact our Outreach Specialist at (541) 753-3115 x7101 or
Click here for our calendar of events

Co-op Meeting Rooms

First Alternative has a meeting room at each of our two store locations, available for community reservation to hold classes, give public lectures, or convene meetings. Need space for your community-oriented activity? Contact our Outreach Specialist at (541) 753-3115 x7101 or

Click here for our calendar of events

School Donations

First Alternative donates money to local schools every year. Co-op owners may tie their owner number to a particular local school so their purchases are registered in support of that school. The greater the amount tallied for each school, the more donation funds it receives.

Download the donation form for yourself, and print more to give to fellow parents and teachers!

Alternative Transportation

First Alternative offers an incentive card to encourage you to walk, bicycle, take the bus, or use another form of alternative transportation to get to the Co-op. If you take alternative transportation and spend $10 or more, get a punch on your card. Once you have 15 punches, redeem it for $5 off your grocery bill.

Click here for info on bicycling to the Co-op