The Bellingham Business Journal
The Market at Fairhaven donated a total $2,500 through its pilot donation program, Fairhaven Good Neighbors, to seven local southside Bellingham groups.
Fairhaven Good Neighbors is a free program that helps raise money for local organizations with customer input. When customers shop The Market at Fairhaven, and spend $20 or more in a single order, a special donation receipt is printed. Customers drop these receipts in one of the seven donation boxes at the front of the store each time they shop, effectively “choosing” which group to support. Each organization receives a check for a percentage of $2,500, based on total receipts for the four-month period. This payout occurs three times a year.
For the May-August period, Whatcom Hospice received the most “votes”, and a donation of $1,165 was made to that organization. The other six participants are: Fairhaven Middle School, Larrabee Elementary School, Happy Valley Elementary, Sehome High School, Lowell Elementary and the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association. The remaining donations were split among them, as determined by votes from Market customers.