BriarPatch collecting donations for NUHS recycling bins |

BriarPatch collecting donations for NUHS recycling bins

Students in the ECO.N.U. club are raising funds for campus recycling bins, and BriarPatch Co-op is helping them throughout April and May by inviting shoppers to round up their purchase total for the cause.
Submitted by Akim Aginsky |

Raising $25,000 is an ambitious goal for a group of students, even for a cause as worthy as buying recycling bins for the school campus.

Luckily for the ECO.N.U. club at Nevada Union High School, help is on the way from just down the road — from shoppers at BriarPatch Co-op Market.

Throughout April and May, BriarPatch is collecting donations for the Nevada Union High School recycle bin fundraiser from shoppers who round up their purchase total at checkout.

Under BriarPatch’s new “Co-op CAUSE” program, shoppers will be invited to round up to the nearest dollar or more.

Though many donations will be small amounts — pocket change, in fact — with some 2,000 transactions taking place at the store every day, that change can easily add up.

In that spirit, the name CAUSE stands for “Change Adds Up, Supporting Everyone.”

Richard Drace, a director on BriarPatch’s board, is excited about the CAUSE program’s potential, based on the success of similar programs at other food co-ops that he’s visited.

“We have Seward Co-op in Minnesota to thank for this great idea,” he said. “Another reason we love co-ops is that co-ops share ideas and support one another. With this program, very small individual contributions from very many shoppers add up to very significant support for worthy causes.”

The NUHS recycling bin project is just the first to receive funds from BriarPatch shoppers.

The ECO.N.U club is trying to raise more than $25,000 to purchase 78 recycle bins with lids to place next to trash cans at Nevada Union.

The recycling program the club hopes to implement is designed to encourage students to be conscientious about where they toss their trash.

BriarPatch plans to keep the program going throughout the year, and with donation cycles lasting for two months per group.

The recipient groups chosen for 2015 are groups whose work closely aligns with BriarPatch’s Ends Policies regarding a stronger local food system, access to organic food, and education for healthier food choices.

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