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Create Positive Change

Each time you shop at the co-op, you have a chance to directly support local nonprofits by donating your 10-cent reusable bag credits and rounding up your purchases to the nearest dollar. It may only be a few cents or spare change, but your generosity makes a huge impact — to the tune of over $11,000 each month for our Positive Change recipients!

Department of Indian Work

November’s Positive Change recipient is Department of Indian Work (DIW). They provide a safe, Indigenous space to empower American Indians toward self-determination, while respecting cultural and spiritual diversity. 

DIW supports the community in several ways:  

  • Emergency needs. They support a food shelf, clothing closet, and referral services. 
  • Diabetes prevention. Programs are available for all ages, which include education, consultations, or food demonstrations.  
  • American Indian youth enrichment. After-school and summer programs provide Indigenous, cultural, health, and literacy services.  
  • COVID-19 resources. DIW connects people with testing, vaccination, and related information.  

November Positive Change donations will be used to purchase healthy food for the food shelf and allow DIW to continue to offer traditional foods such as wild rice, bison, walleye and teas. DIW plans to build relationships with local Indigenous farmers and tribes for purchasing traditional foods. 

For more information, read our interview with Kelly Miller, director of DIW.