Big Y Community Bag Program Impact Stories
Learn more about the neighboring non-profits
we help in our communities.
Big Y Cares Community Giving Bag
Big Y is committed to making a difference in the communities in which we work and live. That is why with every purchase of a Community Giving Bag, we’re empowering you to direct a $1 donation to a local non-profit working diligently to better the communities we all call home. Creating healthy & thriving communities - that is our mission.
You’re only three steps away from giving back to your community:
1. Visit MyBigYCause.com within 7 days of your purchase.
2. Remove the scratch-off layer to reveal your unique identifier.
3. Submit your identifier and select the non-profit you’d like to receive a $1 donation. If your donation is not directed within 7 days of your purchase, we will send it to a local non-profit for you.
Thank you for supporting the communities we serve.
Branford Community Gardens
The Branford Community Gardens has benefitted from the Big Y Community Bag Program Since 2019. This garden provides residents access to gardening plots in a community environment. They also help those in need in their community by offering organically grown produce to the local food pantry and soup kitchen. Here is an excerpt from the Branford Community Gardens impact story about how important their fresh produce is to the community: “I distinctly remember a few years ago, when I went into the Community Dining Room with our donation, I had eight or ten heads of cabbage. The woman there could have hugged me because when she pulled open the refrigerator that day, there was one head of cabbage and no fresh produce for them. That excitement was so heartening.” The Branford Community Gardens is a great place for community members to get outside, connect with others and help provide organically grown produce to those in need. They use any funds raised from the Big Y Community Bag Program to help keep their garden running each year. If you want to read the rest of this wonderful story, Click Here.
Community Access to the Arts
Community Access to the Arts has been part of the Big Y Community Bag Program since 2019. Their mission is to nurture and celebrate the creativity of people with disabilities through the arts. Since 1993, CATA has provided inclusive arts programs in a dozen different art forms, including dance, visual arts, painting, drawing, creative writing, juggling, yoga, acting, drumming and singing. CATA work is only possible because of donations and the generosity of individuals and businesses in our community. Their work is about 87% funded by donations. It’s a testament to the spirit of inclusion that our community believes in. Any funds Community Access to the Arts earns in the Big Y Community Bag Program go right into helping CATA continue to grow and provide arts workshops for people with disabilities. If you want to read the rest of this wonderful story, Click Here.
The Canterbury Historical Society
The Canterbury Historical Society has been a part of the Big Y Community Bag Program since 2020. Their mission has been to seek to promote appreciation and interest in the history of their beautiful little New England town. They are here to keep history alive in fun and interesting ways. The Canterbury Historical Society hosts events, has ongoing projects and offers historical resources to the local community, all free of charge. Any funds earned from the Big Y Community Bag Program go right to supporting the Canterbury Historical Societies' informative and educational programs.
To read the whole story, Click Here.
Bakes for Breast Cancer
This non-profit organization takes a very unique approach to fundraising for breast cancer research and treatment. Big Y has supported Bakes for Breast Cancer through its Community Bag Program.
Connecting arts and culture with community
“Our mission is to end breast cancer by funding cancer prevention and treatment research. The money we raise enables oncologists to start their research. Having lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 16, I dedicated myself to fundraising for breast cancer research and have been doing that for 30 years.”
Interview with Carol Brownman Sneider, The Founder and President
To Read More, Click Here
ASAP! for the Arts
"Thank you to Big Y World Class Market for featuring us on their Community Impact Page! We talk about our mission to foster hands-on learning through the arts!" ASAP! for the Arts has raised a total of $266 to date.
Seymour Pink has received support from the Big Y Community Bag Program since 2021. They are an all-volunteer grassroots organization. Through fundraising efforts, Seymour Pink’s goal is to fund breast cancer research, provide education and empower and assist breast cancer victims and their families. They come from a humble beginning. This non-profit is proof that when a community comes together for a cause, they can really make a difference, and that cause will grow! To read their whole story, Click Here.