Rising Tide Co-op supports New Hope Midcoast

Jess Bourne (right), front-end manager for Rising Tide Co-op, presents a donation to Susanna Norwood-Burns, director of legal advocacy for New Hope Midcoast. (Courtesy photo)

Rising Tide’s October partner for community days was New Hope Midcoast, Midcoast’s only domestic violence resource center, open since 1981. Every Wednesday, Rising Tide donates 0.5% of sales to a named organization and voted by their 5,000-plus owners. Rising Tide sees this program as a way to provide financial and in-kind support to community organizations.

In addition to a monetary contribution, Rising Tide helps Co-op for Community Days partners share information about their organizations throughout the month through digital marketing, in-store communications, and meetups held every Wednesday. This additional component of the program was particularly important to New Hope Midcoast, as October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when Domestic Violence Resource Centers work to raise awareness of the issue of violence. household while uniting community members to work towards a healthier future. .

Domestic violence is a matter of social justice; it can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age and economic status. Funding for the Co-op for Community Days program will support a range of services that often begin with the New Hope Midcoast 24/7 hotline and extend to advocacy which includes legal services and housing support (emergency accommodation and transitional housing), support groups, and community presentations and trainings for a wide range of people.

New Hope Director of Legal Advocacy Susanna Norwood-Burns was delighted to hear how much the member-owners of Rising Tide were supportive of the organization. Community Prevention Educator Lori Loftin came to Rising Tide to educate customers every Wednesday in October as they exit the store. She noted how engaged each of the clients was.

“Domestic violence affects everyone, so it’s especially gratifying to see so many people interested in this issue,” Loftin said. “When we educate our communities, we increase our reach and help create a culture where control and aggression towards partners and family members no longer occurs. “

Rising Tide is very grateful for the work New Hope Midcoast is doing in this community and looks forward to working with the organization next October, when it is once again the Co-op for Community partner.

Rising Tide Co-op has been a co-op grocery store serving South Midcoast Maine since 1978 and is open and welcome to anyone looking to shop, whether or not they own a co-op.

To learn more about Rising Tide Co-op’s work in the community, visit rising tide.coop.

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