Help us to help the community - it's easy and here's how!
Over the last few years The Village in Market Harborough (previously the Eco Village) has evolved to become a real community hub where, as well as taking steps to reduce our impact on the natural world, we also think about where we can support the community with initiatives such as an affordable community café and community fridge.
The environment and community go hand in hand - for example, providing free food for those who need it, instead of it going in the bin, reduces the amount of food waste. The Village café provides affordable food created using local organic produce, some even grown on site in our community garden, and using what's in season to minimise transportation distances and reduce air pollution.
We can maintain this objective of supporting the environment and the community, thanks to an amazing group of volunteers who work at The Village, but funds are needed too. This is where you can help!
Firstly, we have a Go Fund Me page where you can easily donate whatever amount you would like to our fundraiser that supports everything we do here. It doesn't matter what size donation you make as it all helps. Donations can be made online or next time you visit The Village by using the QR code donation points.
Secondly, we are now on easyfundraising and this is a brilliant way to donate which doesn't cost you a penny. It is really easy to register and select The Village Market Harborough as the cause you would like to donate to. Then every time you shop online log in to easyfundraising first and access the website you're shopping from through the site. If you buy something the business then contributes a percentage to The Village at no cost to you. There are over 7,000 businesses on there including supermarkets (if you get your weekly shop delivered please think of us and log in through easyfundraising when you're doing your order), Amazon, Boots, booking.com and many more.
We are so grateful for any donations we receive and they really do help us to continue to support, and be part of, the community. Both of these ways to donate are quick and easy for you, but massively invaluable to us. Donations enable us to provide the community fridge, heat and lighting for our café which is welcome to all and enables shoppers to pay-it-forward to benefit those who need it, a space for events, a home for Market Harborough Fixers - a not-for-profit group of volunteers that run repair cafes to reduce what has to go to landfill, a community garden, a base for small local independent businesses and our scope to work with schools providing environmental education.
We want to keep helping people and we don't want to be an asset to the town that ends up being lost, so thank you so much for everything you can do to help.