The Belfast Co-op's 2010 Third Thursday Donation Day Lineup.

By Belfast Co-op | Jun 17, 2010

It's only 2 months old and already the Belfast Co-op's new 3rd Thursday Donation Day has become quite successful! Many people have been calling or stopping in to ask which organizations will be included throughout the coming months. We have recently finalized this year's list...and here it is!

For those of you that don't know, this new program was developed to help select non-profit organizations with a much needed monetary donation. One part of the Co-op's mission statement is to give back to the community, both locally and beyond. With this in mind, on the 3rd Thursday of each month the Co-op will donate 1% of the day's total sales to a different group.

Groups are chosen by a committee of staff members. When trying to determine which organizations will benefit, the committee first looks for groups within Waldo County, then within a 30 mile radius and finally globally. The hope is to create a list comprised mostly of groups within the 30 mile radius.

We truly believe that we have chosen some wonderful organizations for this first year, and hope that you will agree. So mark your calendars for the following 3rd Thursdays everyone!

July 15th : Waldo County Home Health & Hospice

Waldo County Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit organization affiliated with Waldo County Healthcare Inc. serving adult patients of all circumstances in Waldo County & beyond. We provide in the home medical, physical, social & emotional care to home-bound people of all ages and to those choosing to die at home. We support the patient & their family in making the best decision for care whether:
• In their own home
• Home of family or friend
• Hospice Unit at Waldo County Hospital
• Long-term care facility


August 19th : Avian Haven

Avian Haven was founded in Freedom, Maine as a non-profit wild bird rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to natural roles in the wild. In practice, the rehabilitation and repatriation of wildlife is a medical, ecological, geographical, cultural, and educational endeavor.
In fulfilling these facets, Avian Haven provides:
1.Comprehensive medical care in a modern, well-equipped clinic.
2.Rehabilitation in an environment designed to simulate natural conditions.
3.Research and education to other wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife professionals on a local, state, and national level.
4.Opportunities for enhanced awareness and education to the general public and academic institutions.


September 16th : 10th Life of Maine

We are a not for profit cat rescue organization operating in and around Waldo County, Maine. We began our efforts in early 2008 and have helped many cats.We work with stray, surrendered and feral cats.
At Tenth Life, we believe that every cat, regardless of age, size, sex, color or level of tameness, deserves to live a happy, healthy life. We believe that the best way to control the overpopulation of cats is through sterilization. We believe that cats can provide valuable benefits to individual people, families or the greater community. We do NOT believe that it is ever acceptable to allow cats to procreat indiscriminately or to dispose of cats in an inhumane manner. The mission of Tenth Life is to reduce the number of feral and stray cats in and around Waldo County. To acomplish this, we have started a trap-neuter-return program as well as trap-neuter-adopt for cats who we are able to domesticate. Further, we train other community members in effective, humane cat trapping techniques and often provide them with the tools they need to manage feral cat colonies.


October 21st :Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts is a non-profit contemporary arts center located in Belfast and Montville, Maine.
As the world around us evolves, adapts and responds to environmental, social, economic and artistic changes, so too does Waterfall Arts. Because the organization can and does become involved on all levels and across a variety of community needs and services, our thinking and actions have expanded to view what we do, how we do it, and why with a wide-angle lens of creative engagement: from fine art, to installation art, environmental art, and deep craft skills, from sponsoring events with poetry, art, music and dance, or from embracing new media and technology to educational outreach and addressing vital issues like local vs. global ecology, environmentalism and sustainability.
Our task has become far greater than generating awareness, powering understanding and sourcing inspiration, we must be engaged, involved, and pro-active in using creative energy and resources in an effort to ensure a sustainable future. Waterfall Arts has an extraordinary history. We are on the threshold of an extraordinary future and it is ours and yours to help it take shape.
Waterfall Arts is committed to providing the high level of artistic accomplishment, diversity, mentoring, and collaboration is has built its reputation upon, while keeping its collective eye on the Montville and Belfast Centers for Art and Design as a community leader, a destination and a fully-engaged member of the Mid-coast creative economy.


November 18th : New Forest Institute

The Newforest Institute is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of mutually sustaining relationships between people and the land. Located on 300 acres of forest, fields, edible forest gardens and permaculture gardens in mid-coast Maine, within walking distance of the Village of Brooks, the Institute pursues its mission along multiple strands. The development and renovation of our facilities is guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture design. Our five-fold programs seek to cultivate individual and collective capacity for creative responses to those challenges in both the natural and built environments in order to envision and build a sustainable future for all.


December 16th : Heifer International

Heifer International envisions a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.
In 1944, the first shipment of 17 heifers left York, Pennsylvania, for Puerto Rico, going to families whose malnourished children had never even tasted milk. Why heifers? These are young cows that haven’t yet given birth – making them perfect not only for supplying a continued source of milk, but also for supplying a continued source of support. That’s because each family receiving a heifer agrees to “pass on the gift” and donate the female offspring to another family, so that the gift of food is never-ending.


If you have any questions about the 3rd Thursday Donation Day program, please call the Co-op at 338-2532.

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