You Donated $100,000: Congrats to all Co-op Shoppers!

1,034,080 bags reused = $103,408 donated and counting

Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate a Dime program. When you bring your own bag, you reduce your carbon footprint, and we’ll donate a dime to a worthy organization! It all adds up.

By Robin Seydel

Over the four and a half years since the inception of La Montanita’s Donate a Dime bag credit donation program, you, our devoted and generous Co-op shoppers, have together reused over 1 million bags, and thus have donated over $100,000 to worthy organizations throughout New Mexico.

In Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup, members and shoppers have brought their re-useable shopping bags and donated their dimes in support of dozens of dedicated non-profit organizations who work to make all our lives better. A dime may not seem like a lot, but $100,000 is a lot of dimes, and clearly shows how when we cooperate and pool our resources, we can have a tremendous impact. It takes a lot of re-useable shopping bags saving a lot of trees and a lot of generous shoppers cooperating by donating their dimes to make it happen.

Bravo! Thanks! Congratulations to all our shoppers and members for reaching this wonderful milestone in generosity and community support for a better world for us all.

Our non-profit recipients encompass a wide swath of community development work including organizations that work in the areas of homelessness, ecological restoration and protection, economic justice, social justice, child welfare, animal welfare and so many more. See a few recipients of your bag credit donations below, or click here for the full list.

So popular has our bag credit donation program been that we currently have nearly a 5 year waiting list for organizations to have their month. If your organization would like to participate in this program, please send the following information to Robin Seydel at proof of 501c3 status, a short description of your organization’s mission and work, a short description of how the money will be used, and complete contact information for the organization. Selected organizations are placed on a waiting list for future months. At this time we do not accept schools or religious organizations, due to the fact that there are hundreds of them throughout the state and our waiting list is already five years long. We already also have a waiting list of organizations who would like to have second month as our bag donation recipient.

For more information, please visit or contact Robin Seydel at

Bag Credit Organizations that have received a bag credit donation include:

Amigos Bravos, Rio Grande Community Farm, Walk in Beauty, N.M. Autism Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, N.M. Wilderness Alliance, Metropolitan Homeless Shelter /AOC, Cuidando los Ninos, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, New Energy Economy, S.A N. E., Wild Earth Guardians, Santa Fe Animal Humane/Shelter, Community Bike Program, N.M. Environmental Law Center, Earth Care International, Peacecraft, St Elizabeth’s Homeless Shelter, ABQ Health Care for the Homeless, Keshet Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe Watershed Association, Youth Works Gardens, Quivira Coalition, Shelter for Domestic Violence, Friends of Whitfield Conservation Area, Interfaith Power and Light, Warehouse 21, Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust, Road Runner Food Bank, Project Share, Pegasus Children’s Legal Center, Dismas House New Mexico, Our Endangered Aquifer, N.M. Wilderness Alliance, Crossroads for Women, Think New Mexico, Animal Protection New Mexico, Theater in Making Spectrum Project, Youth Works Santa Fe, CARMA, Rio Grande Food Project, Project PeacePal, Off Center Arts, Erda Gardens and Learning Center, National Institute of Flamenco, N.M. Native Plant Society, N.M. Rape Crisis Center, PB&J’s Futures for Fathers, Cancer Services of N.M., Campfire of N.M., N.M. Humane Association, Conservation Voters of N.M. Education Fund, N.M. Veteran Integration Center, Habitat for Humanity, National Dance Institute, Explora Museum, Open Space Alliance, Water Groups.