PV Local First is again joining in the National Shift Your Shopping campaign. Shift Your Shopping encourages the people and businesses of Western Mass to make a "Shift" by buying more from local, independent businesses for this Christmas and Holiday Season instead of shopping so much online or at chain stores. Shift Your Shopping offers a simple, powerful way to boost our economy and preserve and create jobs in our local communities.
The campaign encourages residents to take job creation and economic concerns into our own hands by exercising our power to strengthen our own local economies.
To learn more, please see: www.ShiftYourShopping.org
To exemplify how a shift in shopping is a gift to our community, over the past few years PVLF and its members partnered with Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and the Food Bank of Western Mass. in 2011, PV Local First coordinated a "Think Local, Thank Local" effort to donate to CISA's Emergency Farm Fund to assist those farmers who were affected by Tropical Storm Irene and in 2012 many of our members donated to the Food Bank of Western Mass.
Below is a growing list of local, independent businesses who have participated in these efforts:
Their donations will help more of our neighbors get enough to eat during the upcoming cold, winter months.
The 2015 Holiday Season marks the 5th year of an unprecedented collaboration among the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and Independent We Stand, three great advocates for local, independent businesses, by promoting the “Shift Your Shopping” Campaign. Representing over 38,000 locally owned and independent businesses across the U.S. and Canada, “Shift Your Shopping” kicks off on November 1 and extends through the end of December. A list of national “Shift Your Shopping” events, participants, and resources can be found
Shift Your Shopping to a Local Independent Business, You're Not Just Giving a Great Gift to a Loved One, You're Giving One to Our Community as well!