Community Donations

Donations are given to community organizations. Priority is given to local organizations and events involved in promoting holistic health, improving the environment, focusing on food and nutrition issues. We do not donate to fundraisers for individuals or families, but we are happy to post information about these on our community bulletin board near the restrooms.

We offer gift cards in the range of $10-$25 for use at fundraisers, meetings or other one-time events. We do not provide food or deli trays.

Our donation program does not subsidize partisan or religious organizations. Recipient organizations are eligible a maximum of twice per year (including "Give Where You Live/Round Up" donations).


Requesting a Donation?

Please fill out the donation request form (link below) and return it to a cashier at least 2 weeks in advance. Include a copy of your program flyer or any additional info about your organization.

To request a donation, fill out our Community Donations Request Form and email it to charlene.elderkin@viroquafood.coop or drop it off in the front office at the Co-op.



Give Where You Live!

Our Give Where You Live donations program (formerly known as 1% Wednesday), allows our owners and shoppers to "round up" to the nearest dollar for the nonprofit of the month each time they check out. These organizations are elected by VFC Owners through a yearly ballot. This year's voting will take place in October.

VFC Owners may nominate a local community organization with a 501c3 status to be listed on the annual ballot. Nominated organizations must have missions consistent with VFC’s mission and Co-op Principles. Political organizations are not included. Religious organizations that offer services, such as a food pantry, may be included as long as those services are open to all community members and not used for proselytizing. Organizations with a low vote count are removed from the ballot until they are re-nominated by a VFC Owner.

To nominate an organization for the ballot, email organization name, one sentence description, and website to charlene.elderkin@viroquafood.coop by Sept 1, 2019 to be included on the 2020 Ballot.

 


July 2017-December 2018  Give Where You Live Recipients

Thank you to our Co-op Owners for participating in the Give Where You Live Donations Program (formerly known as 1% Wednesday) by turning in your donations ballot. The following schedule is a list of the 2017-2018 nonprofit recipients.

Notice that the calendar is scheduled through to the end of 2018. In the past, we have scheduled the donations according to VFC’s fiscal year. We recognize that for everyone else, the calendar year makes more sense. We decided to make the switch this year. The next ballot will be conducted in the fall of 2018.

July 12, 2017 Kickapoo Valley Reserve The KVR Educational Programs offer hands-on environmental learning opportunities that promote positive environmental values to people of all ages.

August 9, 2017 Valley Stewardship Network Works to protect the lands and waters of the Kickapoo River Valley through stewardship outreach and citizen action that result in healthy food and water for generations to come.

September 13, 2017 Viroqua Farm to School Integrates fresh, local foods into the school lunch programs in area schools while teaching kids about healthy nutrition and the path of food from farm to fork.

October 11, 2017 Cooperative Community Fund The Viroqua Food Co-op endowment fund. As the fund grows, interest earned each year increases and allows VFC to give out more and/or larger grants to nonprofits and/or cooperatives in our community.

November 8, 2017 Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School A joyful education for head, hands and heart. Providing Waldorf education, preschool through 8th grade.

December 13, 2017 Bethel Butikk Food Pantry This community food pantry is sponsored by Bethel Home & Services, plus 18 local churches which provide food and monetary assistance to eligible families.

January 10, 2018 The Ark Viroqua's Community Art Center, providing space and opportunities for creative work to be expressed and enjoyed.

February 14, 2018 AlterAtions and the CATsNIP Clinic Alleviating cat and dog overpopulation in Vernon County by offering low cost spay-neuter clinics and educating the public on the benefits of spaying & neutering. 

March 14, 2018 Passages, Inc Safety and support for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Serving Vernon, Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Iowa, Grant, and Juneau Counties with a 20-bed emergency shelter and a 24-hour crisis line: (608) 647-3616 or (800) 236-4325. 
Business office phone: (608) 647-8775.

April 11, 2018 Driftless Humane Society Stray animal care and adoption services. VCHS is funded by memberships, donations, bequests and user fees.

May 9, 2018 Community Hunger Solutions Dedicated to increasing access to healthy food by providing food pantries with surplus fresh produce from local farms.

June 13, 2018 McIntosh Memorial Library Member of the Winding Rivers Library System. Offering programming for patrons of all ages with a special emphasis on children's programming for youth ages 2-18.  

July 11, 2018 Vernon Trails Vernon Trails is a non-profit organization committed to developing and maintaining sustainable roadways and trails, while continuing to create access for human powered users.

August 8, 2018 Door of Hope A pregnancy and family care center for Viroqua and surrounding communities. 

September 12, 2018 Youth Initiative High School Holistic Waldorf education for grades 9-12. Emphasizes the development of student responsibility, initiative, and citizenship in all aspects of school life. 

October 10, 2018 Cooperative Community Fund As the fund grows, interest earned each year increases and allows VFC to give out more and/or larger grants to nonprofits and/or cooperatives in our community.

November 14, 2018 Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care A four-bed inpatient residence in Viroqua creating a homelike setting for hospice patients who need inpatient services. 

December 12, 2018 WDRT – Driftless Community Radio WDRT 91.9FM is a listener-supported and programmed, non-commercial, volunteer-run, educational radio station in the Driftless Region of southwest Wisconsin.


2016-17 1% Wednesday Recipients

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

November 9

December 14

January 11

February 8

March 8

April 12

May 10

June 14

Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Valley Stewardship Network

Vernon Co Farm to School Program

Cooperative Community Fund

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry

KGAP

McIntosh Memorial Library

Vernon Trails

WDRT – Driftless Community Radio

Passages, Inc (800) 236-4325

Vernon Co. Humane Society

 

2015-16 1% Wednesday Recipients

July 8

August 12

September 9

October 14

November 11

December 9

January 13

February 10

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Vernon Co Farm to School Program

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry

Youth Initiative High School

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Passages, Inc (800) 236-4325

Couleecap

WDRT – Driftless Community Radio

Valley Stewardship Network

Door of Hope

McIntosh Memorial Library

Vernon Co Humane Society