Rounding Up to help others out

Narrow Gauge Book Co-Op Store Manager Marlena Antonucci all smiles as she stands with the recipients of the Round-Up program for April, June and July. Clockwise from the left: July’s recipient was Project Healing Waters, June’s recipient was the Immigrant Resource Center, and April’s recipient was Conejos Clean Water.

The Spring and Summer months were busy for Narrow Gauge Book Co-Op, as they honored three organizations selected for their Round-Up program in April, June, and July with a total of $637.02 in donations.

The store is a community-run book cooperative in downtown Alamosa that opened its doors during the summer of 2018. The money donated to the organizations came from a program the members of the book co-op call the NGBC Round-Up. Every month, a local non-profit is chosen to be the recipient, and during that month customers can “round up” the total of their purchase to the next dollar amount, with the change going to the non-profit.

In April, the non-profit Conejos Clean Water was chosen. After the monthly sales, the organization benefited from a Round-Up total of $180.33

In June, the organization Immigrant Resource Center was chosen and received $256.41.

“Thank you for stopping by and thinking of us,” a representative of the Immigrant Resource Center said. “We will be using the money to buy supplies for our food pantry, which is accessed by many immigrant families in the community. It is very important to keep the pantry full since many families come to the office with their immigration questions, and during the conversation, it comes up that they need food. It is nice to be able to have food for them and help them save some money for rent or other unexpected expenses.”

In July, Project Healing Waters was the named recipient and received $236.41.

“Customers are able to help out by simply giving their change,” said Marlena Antonucci, Narrow Gauge Book Co-Op store manager. “This is a wonderful way to give back, and I am thrilled with the positive response from our customers.”

Narrow Gauge Book Co-Op, located at 602 Main Street in Alamosa, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information on volunteering or taking part in the owner and member opportunities, stop by the store, go on the Facebook page, email [email protected] or call 719-589-3464.

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