Seventh Cooperative Principle: Concern for Community – While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development for their communities through policies accepted by their members.
Beans for Bags Program
The Co-op’s Beans for Bags Program, which allocates donations to 16 local organizations based on customers’ shopping bag reuse, received the Food Marketing Institute’s Community Outreach Award for 2013.
The aim of the program is to encourage conservation of disposable bags by offering customers a lima bean in exchange for bringing in their own shopping bag; one bean is given for each bag used. The lima bean represents a portion of allocated donation funds, and customers may choose one of four Co-op owner-elected local non-profit groups they would like to support with their bean. The organizations rotate every quarter for a total of 16 organizations.
Do you work for a community organization that could benefit from this program? Do you have a favorite community organization that you would like to nominate to be on the ballot for next year?
You can drop off your completed applications at either Co-op location, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail them to First Alternative Co-op – South Store, attn: Donna Tarasawa 1007 SE Third St. Corvallis, OR 97333
Please submit completed applications by the deadline:
9pm, September 1, 2017
Our 2017 Co-op owner-elected Organizations:
Real Impact: Last year CARDV housed 115 adults and 104 children in shelter for 3,510 bed nights. They answered 7,068 calls on the crisis line and met with 1,063 adults in person to provide services, information and safety planning-a 56% increase from the previous year.
Real Impact: In the past year we have recycled 3,600 lbs. of metal, 870 lbs. of batteries, 1,260 cubic yards of styrofoam, 630 cubic yards of comingle, 480 cubic yards of glass. We run our center on a zero dollar budget.
Real Impact: We serve over 350 hospice patients and their families each year (490 days of charity care this past year), as well as about 100 Transitions clients (those not ready for hospice). We provided grief support to 953 individuals, and offered 72 donor-supported sessions of education and support for caregivers and the grieving.
Real Impact: 41 community volunteers served as Court Appointed Special Advocates in the last year.
We have served in total 95 children in the last year and attended over 300 meetings on their behalf.
We have attended over 165 court hearings to advocate for children and have submitted over 165 reports to the court.
Real Impact: In 2013, SDRO helped 125 individuals/families in our community: 99 dogs were rescued, given vet care and adopted; 24 dogs were able to stay w/ their families w/ food & med help; 2 dogs were re-homed by phone by contacting rescues in Indiana. YTD 2014 numbers indicate about a 30% increase over 2013.
Real Impact: We serve communities in the far western part of Benton County; Blodgett, Harlen, Summit, Nashville. Once a month 305 needy Benton County clients shop for 3 to 5 days of food in our Food Bank’s grocery store set up. Most of our clients’ monthly income is between $500 and $700 a month and usually they have Food Stamps and the Oregon Health Plan.
Real Impact: In 2013, we pioneered an RX program using plant based foods to reduce weight and other risk factors for diabetes sufferers. One person is now completely off her meds as a result of this program. TRFW has been described as a 3 county food activist think-tank. For almost a decade we have initiated discussions and direction that resulted in over 1,000 acres of grains, beans and seeds and two mills on former grass seed farms. Those foods are available at First Alternative. We are now functioning as volunteers without staff. We are relying on local community financial support to continue our work.
Real Impact: Provided information and referral and/or provided crisis response to 9,469 calls.
Distributed 1,300 food boxes, feeding 4,183 community members and provided approximately 32,250 meals for people staying in shelter. Assisted with health services through 3,234 visits to one of our medical clinics located in Corvallis or Lebanon. Provided emergency, temporary or transitional shelter for 90 men, 68 women, 50 families with 126 children, 32 Veterans (23 men, 3 women and 6 families).
Real Impact: There are currently about 290 gleaners in our group, with about 140 able-bodied gleaners and 150 adoptees. There are about 91 children under 18. In July gleaners volunteered 704 hours and 1969 miles. July donations from stores and farms totalled 11,855 pounds. We redistributed 5,594 pounds to other groups. We also buy food from Linn-Benton Food Share. Costs for the food covers storage and transportation costs. This allows us to provide canned and frozen staple items to our families.
Real Impact: We operate with three part-time staff. More than 90% of our budget goes toward restoration and education projects across Marys River watershed, providing fish and wildlife habitat and enhancing water quality for all of us who enjoy the iconic landscapes of Marys Peak and environs. In FY 2012/13, we removed six fish passage barriers; improved channel function & fish habitat along a 1-mile reach. Streamside vegetation was planted across 25 acres. MRWC partnered with 27 landowners to improve prairie-oak habitats for butterflies, and hosted more than 500 school kids in outdoor education programs.
Real Impact: Benton Habitat is currently building their 37th home; this will be the first Passive Home built by Habitat in Oregon.
Real Impact: During our first full fiscal year as a non-profit organization (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) we raised $196,151.32 for 9 different projects without much publicity or outreach. The funds raised were for several projects that will benefit all residents of Corvallis, from youth to seniors. Projects that we received funds for include: Marys River Boardwalk replacement, Owens Farm Barn preservation, Sunnyside School move, Arnold Park Playground equipment replacement, Ron Naasko Playground creation, Adams Pickleball Court resurfacing and memorial benches at Tunison Park.
Real Impact: From community outreach at events to staffing workshops at the public library, to mentoring volunteers and people who use the shop every day, bicycle education is integrated into everything they do.
Real Impact: In 2014, through their programs, three tons of produce were donated to local food pantries, and 400 youth received education through place-based summer camps. Funds from Beans for Bags will help cover CEC expenses such as staff support, facilities and supplies.
Real Impact: Respite services provide family caregivers help to avoid the all too common issue of caregiver burnout. If it were not for Grace Center’s services, the majority of participants would be facing nursing home placement which is not their or their family’s wish and is a significantly more expensive form of care.
Real Impact:Over 2,800 acres of critically important lands are currently under permanent protection by the Trust.