Giving Back

Common Market’s Bring-a-Bag for Change Program encourages shoppers to reuse bags and reduce waste by providing a green token, worth 5¢, for each reusable bag used at checkout. Customers then choose a charity to donate that token to in our exit vestibule.  This program is a win-win—it keeps single-use bags out of the waste stream while giving back to deserving organizations in the community.

Each quarter, we select four non-profits to support through this Program. These non-profits represent the categories of Children & Families, Environment, Animals, and Community. Tokens are combined with 1% of sales from a chosen day, and a check is then mailed to each non-profit.


Since 2007, your co-op has…:
Saved 2,219,003 bags from the waste stream and donated $170,990 to local charities!
Just in 2017, collectively we raised $16,042! Take a look at the impact you made in your community:

 

1st Quarter:

  • Heartly House – $1,768.42
  • Alice Ferguson Foundation – $1,282
  • Animal Welfare League – $554.53
  • Tip Me Frederick – $554.53
  • Young Voices for Climate Change – $881.27

2nd Quarter:

  • Frederick Bicycle Coalition – $898.30
  • Land and Cultural Preserve Fund – $1,019.95
  • Purr Haven – $1,221.45
  • Healthy Food School Fund – $2,604.79

3rd Quarter:

  • Daybreak – $956.18
  • NCG Forest – $1,033.78
  • Polar Springs – $1,119.29
  • Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) – $1,071.18

4th Quarter:

  • Feed the Hungry Waterboyz – $2,702.27 for food donations
  • HIW CSA Shares – $1,200
  • Future Harvest – $1,289.47
  • Animals’ Angels – $1,161.96
  • Advocates for Homeless Families – $998.55