What’s the best part of Local First Alliance? Our members, of course!
We are constantly promoting our members because they are continually giving back to our community. On average, 46 cents on the dollar stays local when spent locally, compared to 15 cents. An example of how this reinvestment can work is Three Tomatoes Trattoria’s Sustainable Community Dinners. These dinners happen once a month and support a different nonprofit organization each time.
“At Three Tomatoes Trattoria, we take great pride in supporting the growth of our strong, diverse, and vibrant local communities. We know the power of partnerships and the importance of working together. One night each month, the restaurant hosts a nonprofit organization and donates a dollar for every entree ordered to the cause. During these Sustainable Community Dinners, we help raise awareness and build support for the organizations and people that work to provide the services and opportunities that make our area a vital and wonderful place to live. Each of the 12 organizations that we have chosen for our 2014-15 Sustainable Communities program is integral to the sustainability of our communities and a leader for the health and viability of our region,” according to Robert Meyers and Jim Reiman, Local First Alliance members and owners of Three Tomatoes Trattoria.
Dine at Three Tomatoes in Lebanon, New Hampshire, between 5 and 9 pm on Wednesday, August 5, to support Vital Communities.
“Our members are what make our alliance strong,” said Local First Alliance Manager Emily Gardner. “Whether it’s West Lebanon Feed & Supply giving back to the Upper Valley Humane Society, or Christian Roy’s Hair Salon holding a food drive for the Upper Valley Haven, you know your money is being well spent at these local businesses. Local First also represents charities that have their own storefronts to benefit the community, like the LISTEN and ReCover stores.”
Would you like to meet hear more about Local First Alliance or network with your fellow members? Our first annual Member Mixer is on September 3 from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy wine and appetizers at the Co-op Culinary Learning Center at the Centerra Marketplace in Lebanon. Please RSVP, and don’t forget to bring a friend! This event is open to any members or those interested in learning more about Local First Alliance.