Round Up for Charity

Change Within Reach Program

Our Change Within Reach program gives Co-op shoppers the chance to contribute to community organizations in a way that does not break the bank but cumulatively makes a huge impact. Each month a local non-profit organization is featured as the program’s recipient to receive one hundred percent of the funds raised over the course of that month. It is anticipated participating organizations could receive donations of $1,000-$2,000.

Shoppers donate by allowing their purchase amount to be rounded up to the next highest dollar. Since the program started in April of 2014, Natural Harvest shoppers have raised over $113,500 for local non-profit organizations; in 2020 alone over $14,600 was raised.

Your Co-op would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Co-op Shoppers for your continued donations and overall support of the program and another huge THANK YOU to the local non-profit organizations for the critical work they do to serve the Mesabi Iron Range Community!

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022.

The deadline for applications was August 31, 2021.

The 2022 recipients will be announced here and letters will be mailed out to all applicants by October 31, 2021.


Are you affiliated with a local non-profit organization that would benefit from this program?

The application process for 2023 will open sometime in January 2022, check back here for details.

Change Within Reach Round-Up Program Eligibility:

  • Your group must be a 501(c)3, 501(c)4 or other designated non-profit organization
  • Your organization must serve the local Mesabi Iron Range community directly
  • Your organization must be religiously and politically neutral
  • Your organization must be non-discriminatory on the basis of any legally recognized category including but not limited to race, creed, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disability

Current Recipient

United Way Buddy Backpack Program

September donations will help fight weekend hunger by helping the United Way Buddy Backpacks Program provide backpacks filled with nutritious, nonperishable, child-friendly food items to school children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekends.

2021 Recipients

  • January: Range Regional Animal Rescue
  • February: Virginia Community Foundation
  • March: Quad City Food Shelf
  • April: Mesabi East Environmental Education Center
  • May: Ely’s Historic State Theater
  • June: Growing Together Community Gardens
  • July: Greenhaven Inclusive Community Playground
  • August: Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail
  • September: United Way Buddy Backpacks Program
  • October: NHFC Microgrant Fund
  • November: VinE (Volunteers in Education)
  • December: Angel Fund

August Change Within Reach

During the month of August, Natural Harvest shoppers donated $2,128.89 to the Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail by rounding up their purchase amounts at the register. The donations will be used to support the development of a paved recreational trail for non-motorized travel between Cook and Tower, including work on trail reconnaissance, environmental review, and easements.

Thank You Co-op Shoppers!

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