Community Outreach & Donations

2020 Give Where You Live – Ballot

(Vote October 1-31, 2019)


Give Where You Live!

Our Give Where You Live donations program 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. 

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.

(Click here to download the 2020 list of nonprofits on ballot.)

2019 Give Where You Live Recipient Schedule

January Living Faith Food Pantry  Offers a choice program where each participant makes food selections within categories that best meets their personal needs and tastes. The pantry provides recipes and samples to help participants become familiar with the wide variety of produce that is seasonally available. They also offer many organically grown foods which substantially increases the variety of food distributed!

February Couleecap  Takes action to find innovative strategies to combat poverty. Couleecap helps people in need with housing, food, transportation, and more.

March 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.

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

May Driftless Humane Society  Stray animal care and adoption services. DHS is funded by memberships, donations, bequests and user fees. 

June Viroqua Farmers Market  Hosts more than 50 vendors each week, all of whom are within a 100 mile radius of Viroqua. These farmers, growers, bakers, crafters and artists are eager to tell you all about the products and goods they produce. Open May through October.

July 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.

August 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. 

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

November 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.

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

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 2018 nonprofit recipients.

January 2018 The Ark 

February 2018 AlterAtions and the CATsNIP Clinic 

March 2018 Passages, Inc 

April 2018 Driftless Humane Society 

May 2018 Community Hunger Solutions 

June 2018 McIntosh Memorial Library 

July 2018 Vernon Trails 

August 2018 Door of Hope 

September 2018 Youth Initiative High School 

October 2018 Cooperative Community Fund 

November 2018 Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care 

December 2018 WDRT – Driftless Community Radio 

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Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Valley Stewardship Network

Vernon Co Farm to School Program

Cooperative Community Fund

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry


McIntosh Memorial Library

Vernon Trails

WDRT – Driftless Community Radio

Passages, Inc (800) 236-4325

Vernon Co. Humane Society

Kickapoo Valley Reserve 

Valley Stewardship Network

Viroqua Farm to School

Cooperative Community Fund 

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Bethel Butikk Food Pantry