Jun 30

Round up at the Register-July 2015

Main Market Co-op is pleased to be able to offer modest donations to a variety of community nonprofit organizations through our "Round Up at the Register" program. Additionally, we commit to extending the opportunity of support to our shoppers and members by allowing them to round their total up to the nearest dollar, donating that excess to the featured community organization while spotlighting the organization in our store for the month.

Here is a little bit of information about our featured organization for July 2015: 

River's Wish Animal Sanctuary

River's Wish Animal Sanctuary became a 501c3 nonprofit in 2004 and is located in northwest spokane county on 65 acres. 

We care for dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, sheep, horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys in need. Most of the horses have either been rescued from slaughter or they were seized from cruelty. Each animal at the sanctuary has a story that is unique to them. As a farmed animal sanctuary we provide humane education to the community. Our hope is that through meeting the animals and hearing their stories the abstract notion of their species is replaced with one of connection and compassion.

We provide humane education through a number of programs.  Our Compassion For Animals program provides tours and we go into the community to give presentations. Compassion For Animals also offers opportunities for people to have time with the animals spent grooming and having quiet time with them. Our Compassion For Animals Equine Assisted Therapy program gives people an opportunity to build upon the human animal bond through time spent grooming and caring for  one of our quiet horses. These programs benefit both the animal and the human and has a ripple effect that we hope goes far beyond the sanctuary grounds.

We offer Art and Animal workshops and retreats where people come to the sanctuary, learn about the animals and create art that is inspired by the animals. My husband Pete is a jewelry instructor at SFCC and a metalsmith and blacksmith. I have been a full time public school art teacher since 1987. Visual arts and animals are close to our hearts and who we are. Sharing these with community members is an important aspect of humane education and gives a learning environment that inspires, motivates, challenges and offers hope to so many.

We have the 'Rabbit's Garden' which is a garden that will provide for the animals as well as provide an outdoor classroom for young people to work and play in the garden. The garden is new this year and will be growing as a part of our humane education program.  We have a memorial garden that provides a quiet place for reflection of animals who we have lost as well as for those who are forgotten, exploited and suffering.  

River's Wish Animal Sanctuary advocate vegan life choices and plant based eating.   We have an annual benefit called Art For the Animals: A Starry Night Celebration at River's Wish. This is our biggest fund raiser of the year. We have wonderful art and gift certificates, live music, food and beverage. The money that is raised from this event goes to purchase 90 tons of hay, feed and veterinary care. We rely strictly on donations.  For tickets and more information please go to www.riverswish.org  

We also have our Fall event which is called Thanksgiving of Compassion: A Harvest for the Animals. It will be held on Saturday October 17th. Please watch the website for updated information on this special event. Please follow us on facebook and sign up for our newsletter to keep informed of what is happening at the sanctuary.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering for River's Wish please contact us through our website: www.riverswish.org  


To learn more about the "Round up at the Register" program, click an option below. 

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To apply to become a featured Non-Profit, click on an application option below.

PDF Application

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The application can be filled out and emailed to Megan at gm@mainmarket.coop or mailed to:

Main Market Co-op

c/o Round up at the Register

44 W Main Ave

Spokane WA 99201

If an organization is not chosen in any one calendar year, we encourage organizations to apply yearly to be featured!

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