Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving land and connecting people to nature


Sycamore Land Trust

Sycamore to receive donation from Lucky’s Market

For immediate release
May 19, 2017

Abby Perfetti, Communications Director
Sycamore Land Trust
812-336-5382 ext 101


Lucky’s Market announces three nonprofits to be funded by shoppers’ donations

Bloomington, Ind. – Lucky’s Market in Bloomington has announced the three local nonprofits that will be recipients of Bags for Change, the grocery store’s program that raises funds for local causes. The three recipients are Sycamore Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

The three recipients were selected through a voting process on Facebook hosted by Lucky’s Market on April 30 through May 7, 2017. The program usually raises donations from $1,500 to $2,500 per nonprofit.

Bags for Change encourages shoppers to bring reusable bags and support local nonprofits. Customers who bring in a reusable bag will be given a wooden dime at check out to donate to one of three incredible nonprofits. What’s more, Lucky’s Market will match each donation for double the do-gooding! Tokens will be collected for this group of recipients from May 21 through August 12, 2017.

“We’re passionate about giving back to the incredible communities that we have the opportunity to serve,” said Brooke Buchanan, Regional Marketing Specialist & Trainer for Lucky’s Market. “Our Community Impact program, through Bags for Change and other avenues, allows us to connect with nonprofits in the Bloomington community that are supporting causes we care about like sustainability, youth and education, resilience, and healthy communities. We’re very privileged to be able to support them and help get our customers connected to the great work they are doing in the community.”


Sycamore Land Trust

Background: Founded in 1990, Sycamore Land Trust protects land and connects people to nature in 26 counties in southern Indiana. The organization protects more than 9,000 acres of forests, wetlands, native prairies, and critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. Sycamore creates and manages 16 public nature preserves for hiking, bird watching, and general enjoyment of nature, and provides an environmental education program that connects more than 4,000 people of all ages each year to southern Indiana’s natural world through guided hikes, field trips, and other hands-on activities.

Project funded by Bags for Change: For nearly two decades, Sycamore has been restoring the Beanblossom Creek area, with incredible successes like the return of protected species and the growth of a bottomland hardwood forest. Conservation projects like native plant restoration, invasive species removal, and habitat monitoring take abundant resources and time. Sycamore is currently working on restoring 260 acres there, and will use the generous donation from Lucky’s Market toward this project. Sycamore will use this funding specifically to plant more than 4,000 trees on 8 acres, to reforest an area of bottomland where we are eliminating invasive reed canarygrass that was preventing trees from surviving. The total estimated cost for this tree restoration project is $4,500.


Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

Background: Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is a nonprofit housing organization dedicated to building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with those in need in Monroe County. More than 20 percent of Monroe County residents live in poverty, the highest percentage in Indiana. Since 1988, the Monroe County affiliate has built, or begun construction on, 184 homes in partnership with local families. This translates into housing being provided for more than 635 people, more than 375 of whom are children.

Project funded by Bags for Change: Funds will go to support Habitat’s homeowner education program. The curriculum includes courses on money management, home maintenance, and our newly established ‘Voices of Women’ leadership training initiative. Courses are offered in Spanish as needed. Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County typically builds an average of 12-15 homes each year in partnership with qualifying families. Currently, we have 21 families in our program, all of whom will go through our homeowner readiness curriculum as part of their “sweat equity.” In Monroe County, 1 in 5 people is living in poverty. Habitat’s impact is even broader than the number of families currently in our program considering that for many of our future homeowners, buying a home means an end to the generational cycle of poverty.


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Background: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard increases access to healthy food for all people in need in ways that cultivate dignity, self-sufficiency, and community.

Project funded by Bags for Change: Our Youth Garden Program serves 3,000 youth annually in our pantry and through several community partners. We have five goals for our youth program:

  1. Connect youth with the natural world through meaningful garden and food experiences.
  2. Cultivate basic gardening skills that youth will carry with them throughout their everyday lives.
  3. Build positive and healthy attitudes and relationships with whole, fresh foods and the earth in which fresh foods are grown.
  4. Offer active programs linking tasty food with health and the outdoors.
  5. Inspire youth to take an active interest in their individual health and the health of their community


Lucky’s Market

Lucky’s Market was started in 2003 by two chefs, Trish and Bo Sharon, when they bought a convenience store in Boulder, Colo. The Sharons shared a vision of creating a grocery store where food lovers like themselves would want to shop, with quality products sold at affordable prices with genuine personal service. Today, those goals are the hallmarks of the Lucky’s Market style.

Lucky’s Market Community Project is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities where we live and work by supporting our vendors, their communities, and local organizations addressing vital community needs. With more than a decade of dedication and hundreds of lives impacted, Lucky’s Markets actively supports youth & education, healthy communities and resilience programs in neighborhoods across the country.



Sycamore Land Trust:

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Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: