Outreach




Round Up for Community

Belfast Co-op shoppers can Round Up the total of their grocery purchases to the nearest dollar, donating their extra change to benefit a local community organization. Rounding Up helps us meet our commitments to you, our neighbors, and helps foster positive growth in our community. Let your cashier know if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity today!

The organization receiving support changes on the 1st and 16th of every month.
Interested organizations should complete and return this form.




3rd Thursday Donation Day

Every 3rd Thursday the Belfast Co-op donates 1% of sales to a nonprofit organization whose work improves local resilience. A guiding principle of our community-owned business is to improve the sustainability of our community.

2013 Recipients


January - Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition - working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic, and public access resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community-building and education.

February - Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County - building safe, decent, affordable housing, providing homeownership opportunities to low-income families in Waldo County, Maine.

March - P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center - providing a safe, caring environment for homeless companion animals until they can be placed with loving families, and promoting humane values in our communities.

April - Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA) - developing, protecting and promoting the organic seed trade and its growers, and assuring that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture.

May - Project Puffin - restoring seabird colonies, particularly Atlantic puffins, to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.

June - Cornucopia Institute - providing needed information, through research and investigations on agricultural issues, to consumers, family farmers, and the media.

July - Maine Celtic Celebration - a family oriented annual celebration in Belfast of the rich Celtic heritage, culture and hospitality found along the coast of Maine.

August - Food Corps Maine - working in schools with high poverty and obesity rates to positively influence the youth they serve by teaching them to grow, harvest, cook and enjoy healthful food.

September - MaineShare - providing significant support to organizations doing progressive social justice and root cause work in Maine and raising public awareness of their work.

October - Howard Bowers Fund - strengthening the food co-op community by giving grants for the training and education of food co-op staff, managers, and board members.

November - Belfast Soup Kitchen - serving a hot meal five days a week to an average of 60 people, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

December - WERU - a community-based, noncommercial radio station serving the needs of those not served by other broadcast media, offering a wide variety of people an opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, and perspectives with their neighbors over the airwaves and Internet.


2012 Recipients


January - Waldo County Family to Family Fund - supporting the financial needs of one Waldo County family or individual in temporary crisis due to illness or tragedy.

February - Cooperative Maine - committed to increased cooperative development in Maine.

March - Come Boating - providing free community rows and sails and a youth rowing program.

April - Belfast Farmers' Market - providing local small growers and craftsmen with an outlet for the sale of fresh picked produce and related agricultural products.

May - Belfast Garden Club - committed to civic beautification.

June - Pollinator Partnership - promoting the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.

July - Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance - helping to preserve the fishing way of life in Midcoast Maine.

August - Environmental Health Strategy Center - promoting human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy.

September - Friends of Midcoast Maine - helping communities identify and save what is valued, while promoting change in a way that serves us now and is sustainable for generations to come.

October - Howard Bowers Fund - promoting and developing consumer-owned food cooperatives and consumer cooperative education, to encourage and train people to pursue careers in the management of consumer-owned food cooperatives, and to provide education programs for staff, board, and managers of consumer cooperatives.

November - Island Institute - membership-based community development organization focusing on the Gulf of Maine, particularly the fifteen year-round island communities off the Maine coast.

December - Belfast Community TV


2011 Recipients


January - Last Chance Ranch Maine - caring for forgotten horses, helping horse owners experiencing financial difficulties care for their horses.

February - Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast - facilitating compassionate responses to crime and wrongdoing that fosters support and healing for the victim; accountability, rehabilitation and reintegration of the offender; and renewal and safety for the community.

March - Cultivating Community - strengthening communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice.

April - Coastal Mountains Land Trust - permanently conserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay.

May - Belfast Summer Nights - providing free, live, outdoor music performances highlighting local talent at three downtown locations on Thurs nights during the summer months.

June - Special Olympics Maine - providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

July - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine - providing children in Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot and Waldo Counties facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change lives for the better, forever.

August - Creative Learning and Performance, The Playhouse - sponsoring the children's theater program at the Playhouse in Belfast.

September - Belfast Dance Studio Children's Scholarship - providing partial to full scholarship assistance for midcoast children who wish to take Studio classes.

October - Natural Resources Council of Maine - protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations.

November - Belfast Soup Kitchen - Waldo County's only soup kitchen, serving lunch Monday through Friday.

December - Waldo CAP Fuel Assistance - helping eligible low-income Waldo County households pay a portion of their home energy or heating bills.


2010 Recipients


April - Troy Howard MS Garden Project - growing empowered-academically successful young people who integrate sustainability into their lives by producing and learning to satisfy their needs locally.

May - Maine Farmland Trust - protecting and preserving Maine's farmland, keeping agricultural lands working and supporting the future of farming in Maine.

June - Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center - getting the people of Maine outdoors and teaching them how we can all be respectful protectors of the Earth.

July - Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County - providing non-medical support for the terminally ill, their families and to the bereaved in the community.

August - Avian Haven - wild bird rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to natural roles in the wild.

September - Tenth Life Maine - cat rescue organization operating in and around Waldo County, Maine.

October - Waterfall Arts - creating community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts.

November - Newforest Institute - dedicated to the restoration of mutually sustaining relationships between people and the land.

December - Heifer International; New Roots In America (Lewiston, Maine) helping the immigrant Somali community adapt to farming in Maine.