BELFAST — On Friday, Nov. 29, The Green Store will celebrate 26 years since it first opened its doors.
There will be refreshments and time to say hello. Through the weekend, 26% of the value of customer purchases will be given back to customers in the form of “Green Bucks,” for shoppers to donate to three nonprofits selected by the Store.
Representatives from those nonprofits will speak about their work, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Store.
Over the years, downtown Belfast has seen tremendous transformation from being a town with derelict chicken and sardine processing plants on the waterfront, many empty storefronts on Main and High Streets, Crosby Junior High School, no YMCA or hospital and library additions, many unemployed workers, a tiny Belfast COOP on Upper Main, and more 12-step meetings than any other city in the State, according to Green Store, in a news release.
“But today, we are celebrating our long run of it,” said the Store. “As has become traditional, the Green Store will be honoring three local nonprofits who focus on helping people and animals in the community and work to protect invaluable natural resources.”
The Greater Bay Area Ministerium (GBAM) Food Cupboard is located at The Belfast United Methodist Church on Mill Lane in East Belfast. On average, they serve about 150 households per month at two food distributions of meats, dairy, produce, and non-perishables. They also partner with RSU 71 in their Backpack Food Program. The GBAM Food Cupboard is organized by nine Belfast area faith communities including the Belfast Area Friends Group, United Methodist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ LDS, First Baptist Church, First Church (UCC), River Sangha, St. Francis, St. Margaret’s, and the Unitarian Universalist Church. The Cupboard’s mission is to collect, store and distribute food and promote nutrition for those in need, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Peace Ridge Sanctuary was founded in 2001 in order to address animal cruelty, neglect and exploitation. The Sanctuary advocates for all animals – farmed animals, domestic companion animals, and wildlife. Situated in Brooks, the 800-acre sanctuary is currently home to more than 300 rescued equines and farmed animals, all coming from local cruelty cases. Residents are promised a safe space to stay for the rest of their lives and enjoy a life they were previously denied, with high-quality food, ample space, and expert care.
Peace Ridge also runs a dog rescue and adoption program focusing on senior, special needs and hospice dogs. More than 650 acres of landholding are dedicated to wildlife conservation and land preservation. In addition to the animal rescue and sanctuary operations, Peace Ridge also runs a humane education program that brings thousands of visitors to the sanctuary each and every year to learn about the ways people can all help animals, people, and the planet thrive.
The Friends of Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area was formed in 2019 in order protect the intertidal area at the mouth of the Little River on the border of Belfast and Northport. This tidal environment is home to many migratory water-fowl, including herons, many species of ducks, eagles, hawks, and even peregrine falcons. In 1949, prior to her death, Harriet L. Hartley had the vision to designate the intertidal portion of her land not to convey with the greater portion of her property, and to be protected from industrial development in perpetuity.
The Friends of H.L.H. have many goals for the future, but their immediate focus is to defend this sensitive part of the shoreline from blasting, dredging, and possible mercury release resulting from the placement of three large intake and outflow pipes as proposed by Nordic Aquafarms.
“So come on in and wish us a Happy Birthday, and help the Green Store to make it a Happy Day for the community as well!” said Green Store.