Tokens for Tomorrow

Next time you visit the Co-op, remember to bring your own bag with you! (Or use one of the used boxes we keep at the front of the store.)

You’ll receive a Co-op token for each full-sized new paper bag that you save. Help the environment, save us some money, and share the wealth!If you’d still like to receive the customary nickel back for bringing your bag, just let your cashier know.

The Co-op’s Community Relations Committee, which includes current and former Co-op Board members, and our Marketing and Outreach Manager, choose four recipient groups for each quarter. Recipient groups are chosen in line with the Co-op’s Mission Statement and Donation Policy. Take a look at our Tokens for Tomorrow display next to the front registers to read more about this quarter’s recipient groups, or read on! We also always have donation boxes for the local food banks at each register.

Want to support local community organizations with your Tokens? Here’s what to do!

  • Bring in your own bag and let your cashier fill it with whatever goodies you’ve picked out at the Co-op that day.
  • Choose which of the four recipient groups that you’d like to support with your token.
  • Put your token in one of the four jars across from the registers.
  • Tokens are worth a nickel and at the end of the quarter we’ll make the donations and choose new recipient groups.
Tokens for Tomorrow
Bring a bag, get a token, choose a charity.

In 2013, Co-op customers received 66,115 tokens, totaling $3,305.77 in donations to schools and community organizations. Our biggest token recipient was  Helping Hands Food Bank, which received $357.65 (7,153 tokens).

In 2012 we collected 64,765 tokens, totaling $3,238.25 and our biggest recipient as the Humane Society with 6,747 tokens.


2014 — 3rd Quarter Recipients

Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team: The Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team (HRT) is part of the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR). SCVSAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as a volunteer rescue resource for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. HRT responds, free of charge, to emergency situations because of the nature of injury or inaccessible terrain. They bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and paramedics directly to their patients to help reduce disability and improve survival. Funds donated to HRT go towards specialized rescue equipment used by HRT. No funds will go towards personnel costs or overhead costs.

Mount Vernon Arts Commission: The arts are the soul of our city, and a part of what makes Mount Vernon extraordinary.  The Mount Vernon Arts Commission (MVAC) recognizes artists as partners in our drive to build a great city, as catalysts to creative thinking, and as bridges between people. For supporting the arts, MVAC hosts the Summer Solstice Celebration, a festival to raise money for public art installations, individual artists, and art projects by small organizations. For neighborhoods, MVAC offers technical assistance for other public art projects. For Students, MVAC supports art-creating opportunities for high risk youth, including the Kulshan Creek Youth Mosaic Art Project. For established public art collection, MVAC helps fund the upkeep, improvements, and signage of art throughout Mount Vernon.

Mission statement: “To create relationships that allow the City of Mount Vernon to celebrate the diversity of art within our community.”

Skagit County Meals on Wheels:  The Meals on Wheels Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to senior citizens, age 60 and older, who have difficulty leaving their home unassisted and who are unable to prepare their own meals.  Skagit County is one of the few programs in Washington State that can still deliver hot, nutritious meals to seniors in the community, prepared Monday through Friday at its central kitchen and delivered at lunchtime by volunteers – providing the daily one-on-one contact that many seniors look forward to every day. Unfortunately, Meals on Wheels operations today are challenged by a triple threat:  Rising costs, cuts in grant funding, and increased demands for service. More and more seniors are in need of this important service. As a non-profit organization (under the Skagit Council on Aging), Meals on Wheels relies on many sources for revenue in order to provide services, in addition to 200+ volunteers. For more information, contact (360) 419-3420.

Community and Family Services Foundation:  As a private child-placing agency, Community and Family Services Foundation (CFSF) works to: place children into safe, nurturing homes; support foster parents; and help children to achieve permanency. CFSF is Contracted by the State (DSHS/DCFS) to qualify potential Foster Homes and license them for children 0-18.  We provide support to stabilize these children and write Home Studies & Adoptive Home Studies for homes that are interested in adoption. We currently have 5 offices in 5 Washington Counties supporting over 150 homes and approx 200 kids. These numbers fluctuate as we grow with families, children and adoptions are made. Funds generated by Tokens for Tomorrow will go towards educational needs for children in foster care, such as after school curriculum, keeping the children safe while learning, and computers to help kids do their research at home instead of having to use the Library computers.