Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are Learning Web, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Finger Lakes, and the Multicultural Resource Center.

The Learning Web offers experiential education for Tompkins County youth using a mentor-apprentice model. One of the first programs in the nation to combine apprenticeships with mentoring, for nearly 50 years the Learning Web has tapped into a wide-reaching community of adult mentors to create a “web” or network for young people. Caring mentors contribute nearly 20,000 hours each year mentoring youth in their workplaces. Each year they help over 600 youth, 250 of whom are homeless, make a successful transition to adulthood.

The Learning Web’s programs strive to spark a passion in young people, connect them with adult role models, help them believe in themselves, grow a vision for their future, and eventually, evolve into valued members of our community.

Until recently, local youth still living at home who faced obstacles such as drug addiction, school failure, family conflict, poverty, and delinquency were ineligible for the Learning Web’s intensive services targeted for homeless or foster-care youth. Funding from the Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program supports an expansion of our Youth Exploration Life Skills program. Now, whether homeless, living in foster care, or living with parents, all high-risk youth are eligible for our programs including; career exploration, apprenticeships, community service, life skills and intensive case management. Thank you to Barbara Logan, Learning Web Board Member, BOCES teacher, and long-time GreenStar owner, who facilitated the application for the BYOB program.

GreenStar is pleased to be a part of supporting the Learning Web and their mission here in Tompkins County!

Are you involved with a not-for-profit organization that might benefit from our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program? Apply here.