Blake Usher and Team McQueen was the top fundraising team this year!

Filling your tank + fuelling your community: Island-owned gas company gives back

Now that life is getting back to normal (mostly), many of us in the Comox Valley are spending a bit more time in our vehicles, getting kids to school, soccer practice and music lessons, or heading to work or out of town for the weekend. It’s great to see our communities opening up after so long, and to be reminded about just how important community is to living your best life.

Of course, getting out and about more means filling up your vehicle. Handing over your hard-earned cash to huge corporations is just a reality of running a vehicle — or is it?

Maverick and Cosette Ardron, part of the YANA fundraiser with their R.M.M.C. Dream Team.

Maverick and Cosette Ardron, part of the YANA fundraiser with their R.M.M.C. Dream Team.

Give and go

Wouldn’t it be better if your money could go towards filling your tank and helping your community? By purchasing your fuel at a locally owned-and-operated Peninsula Co-op, your dollars help to support community programs through Co-op’s generous Community Support Program.

As a local business, they live and work in your community, and know that they have a role to play in making it the best it can be for everyone.

Buying your gas at a Co-op means some of what you spend goes to support local programs. If you have a Co-op membership, you benefit too, receiving a rebate based on your purchases once a year – it’s a win-win!

Peninsula Co-op supports programs like You are Not Alone (YANA), a Comox Valley charity providing funds for families travelling for medical treatment for a child or for a pregnant mother. “YANA has been so grateful for the ongoing generous support Peninsula Co-op has provided us! The pandemic has been incredibly hard on businesses everywhere. The fact that Co-op still found a way to give back to the community we all share and love really shows how proudly they walk the talk!” notes YANA Executive Director Kelly Barnie.

LUSH Valley Harvest Share also receives support. They work across the Comox Valley to help people gain local-food systems skills, knowledge and access to good food. LUSH is thankful for Peninsula Co-op’s unwavering support. Maurita Prato, Executive Director for LUSH, says “their support is making a difference in our ability to distribute healthy, fresh and local food out to community members across our region.”

Lush Valley Harvest Share Program brings fresh food to community members across the region.

Lush Valley Harvest Share Program brings fresh food to community members across the region.

Score a hat trick!

What could be better? Do you belong to a team or a club? How about your kids? Is the hockey team needing new uniforms? What about going away to that great tournament or choir festival? Too expensive?

Raising money can be easier than you think. With a one-time lifetime membership fee of $27, every time a member from your group fills up and uses the group’s Co-op number, your group or organization earns money directly! It’s an easy way to fundraise!

Shopping local is important for keeping local economies going and growing, and supporting your local Co-op means more of your money stays in your community and in your pocket!

Fill up at your local Co-op and put your money where your community is! Find them on Facebook here. Find the location nearest you here.

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