By Odette Lucero, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Over the course of six months we have been supporting local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. We encourage shoppers to accept a token instead of a bag for purchases and we donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of the customer’s choice. Since 1994, we have raised nearly $629,300 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 12.5 million bags from polluting the environment.
This month we’re spotlighting some of the charities you can support through the end of December.
Support Oakland Public Education Fund at Buffalo Exchange Berkeley:
The Ed Fund’s mission is “to lead the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive.”
They have raised more than $25 million for essential programs since 2003, as well as partnered with more than 40 schools to support their communications, operations, and resource development.
Currently they are helping Bridges Academy K-5 collect jackets, pants, and other clothing and supplies for 50 refugee students from Guatemala. You can learn more here.
To donate to the Oakland Public Education Fund through Tokens for Bags®, visit Buffalo Exchange Berkeley or to donate directly to the program visit their webpage http://www.oaklandedfund.org. They also accept supplies and materials.
Support Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans at Buffalo Exchange Minneapolis:
Their mission is “to provide assistance throughout Minnesota to positively motivated veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises. MACV accomplishes its mission by providing services directly or in collaboration with other service agencies.”
MACV provides direct housing, employment and legal services for homeless and veterans in crisis, and has served over 1,800 veterans last year alone.
If you would like to donate directly to MACV or volunteer, visit their website http://www.mac-v.org/donate.html. Aside from cash donations they also accept supplies, clothing, food, and other forms of help. Check out their donate page to get involved or visit Buffalo Exchange Minneapolis to donate through Tokens for Bags®.
Support Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) at Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn:
While Catskill Animal Sanctuary rescues farmed animals, they also work to ignite social change to end the exploitation of these animals and champion vegan living.
CAS has rescued 3,500 animals since its first resident in 2001. Aside from rescuing animals, CAS also finds loving homes for many of their animals.
There are many ways to get involved with CAS. You can visit their website to donate, volunteer, become a member, and sponsor or adopt an animal https://casanctuary.org/getinvolved. To donate through Tokens for Bags® visit Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn.
Don’t live near these areas? Visit any Buffalo Exchange location to see what local nonprofits they’re supporting through Tokens for Bags® until the end of December. Check back in January for new Tokens for Bags® charities.