New Partnership with Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center

Common Cents Feature for July

We are excited to announce that our neighbors at the Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center will be our feature organization for our Common Cents program in July!

This very local organization, based in White River Junction, works to restore relationships and foster understanding and peace between groups affected by conflict and/or crime. Their mission is “to reduce crime and rebuild community in the greater Hartford area. HCRJC works in partnership with area residents and law enforcement to provide programs based on the principles of restorative justice:

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  1. Justice requires that we work to restore those who have been injured.
  2. Those most directly involved and affected by crime should have the opportunity to participate fully in the response if they wish.
  3. Government’s role is to preserve a just public order, and the community’s role is to build and maintain a just peace (”

The missions of the Upper Valley Food Co-op and the Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center are intertwined. Both are working to strengthen the community of which they are a part. Communities that are able to communicate in healthy ways will be able to resolve issues as they arise. Fostering an open dialogue among community members will make a more resilient community. The Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center faces our community’s issues head on, working with other organizations as well as law enforcement to ensure that our community can heal from its traumas and make all residents feel safe and welcomed here. Thank you for your work!

To learn more about the process of restorative justice, click here.

For those that are unaware, Common Cents is a community contribution program that allows customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, and the difference benefits community-supportive organizations whose missions align with the Co-op's! Twenty-five percent of donations go to the Upper Valley Haven, 25% go to the Vermont Foodbank, and 50% go to our feature organization.

We have opted to not ask customers if they would like to round up, so please, if you'd like to participate, remember to tell your cashier that you’d like to round up your purchase total in order to donate! Thanks to all who have contributed so far!

If your organization would like to be considered as a beneficiary, please email our Education & Outreach Coordinator at 

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