Buy local, round up, create change
Downtown businesses invite customers to support local this fall
Now in its third year, All for Fall is a month-long promotional campaign that runs until October 31. Throughout the month, the eighteen participating businesses invite customers to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar in support of four local non-profit organizations. The promotion was launched by the Downtown Development Authority in 2020.
Participating companies include: Akinz, Alpine Arts – The Colorado Showcase, Bloom Floral Boutique, Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, Dandelions & Rust, Downtown Ace Hardware, EsScentuals, FoCo Cafe, Fort Collins Tours, LLC, Hearne’s Footwear and Clothing, Juszak Realty , Kansas City Kitty, Old Firehouse Books, Peacock’s Perch, Pinot’s Palette, Rocky Mountain Olive Oil, Stuft Burger Bar, and Wagz Pet Market and Grooming.
The promotion raised over $16,000 and there is excitement for what will be raised this year. Total donations are split equally among four local nonprofit recipients. Participating companies selected the following recipients for this year’s promotion: Animal Friends Alliance, FoCo Cafe, Food Bank for Larimer County and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center.
“We are thrilled to be part of the All for Fall promotion again. We have the most remarkable partners and we are grateful that they chose us to be the recipient of this incredible event. For many, the pandemic has exacerbated the problems and challenges those facing hunger were already facing. Add to that rising food prices, gas prices, and inflation, and it becomes extremely difficult to stretch your dollars. We believe food shouldn’t be an impossible choice, so again, we’re so grateful to everyone who comes together to be part of the solution and nurture our community,” said Heather Buoncinonti, Director of Business Development at food Bank.
Animal Friends Alliance, a new recipient of All for Fall, expressed the impact it would have on her organization: “With the support of donors, we are able to help animals like Cocoa Puffs,” said Becca Averitte of ‘Animal Friends Alliance. “Cocoa Puffs was a stray living in a trailer park before coming to Animal Friends Alliance. While there, he developed a terrible ear infection that caused long-term damage to his eardrum. caused him to permanently tilt his head. We got him clean and healthy, but he was still scared of humans. With a little patience and love, he was able to find his home!
Animal Friends Alliance
Animal Friends Alliance was born in January 2020 from the union of Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic and Animal House Rescue & Grooming. The two have joined forces to amplify the organization’s community impact and enable programs and services to benefit more people and animals. Animal Friends Alliance is a “Limited Admission Guaranteed Adoption Shelter” for cats and dogs. They limit the number of animals they take in due to space and financial restrictions, but guarantee that every animal they take in will stay with them until they find a good home. They offer subsidized spaying and neutering for dogs and cats, and provide preventative health care.
FoCo Cafe’s mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins, regardless of their ability to pay, while using primarily local, organic and sustainably grown ingredients. FoCo Cafe is Fort Collins’ first non-profit restaurant. Cafe customers set the price for cafe cuisine in this pay-what-you-can framework. The FoCo Cafe intends to build a healthy community and has built its concept on the following values: every human being has an innate dignity and should be treated as such; every duty, voluntary or otherwise, has a value; participating in a community nourishes the soul; everyone deserves to eat nutritious food; everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their life.
Larimer County Food Bank
The Larimer County Food Bank believes no one should go hungry. Their dream is to offer health, hope and humanity to stabilize the lives of our clients and build a vibrant community. The Food Bank is a private, non-profit organization and the only Feeding America clearinghouse for food donations in our county. Each year, they provide food to approximately 37,500 people in need through community partnerships and hunger relief programs.
Advocacy Center for Victims of Sexual Assault (SAVA)
The SAVA Center provides crisis intervention, advocacy, and counseling to all those affected by sexual violence in Northern Colorado, while providing prevention programs through education and training. community education. They envision a culture change that will lead to an end to sexual violence.
Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority
Established in 1981, the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority uses tax-raised funding to spur redevelopment of the central business district and focuses on projects that benefit the entire community. In 2020, the DDA developed a corporate marketing communications program; this program continues and evolves traditional promotions that add vibrancy and vitality to the downtown district.