Ruth Wells Center for the Arts Selected as Big Y and Shaw’s Community Bag Program Beneficiary for August 2019

Southbridge-based nonprofit is selected for community bag fundraising program as Southbridge prepares for plastic bag ban

The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts has been selected as a fundraising beneficiary of both the Big Y’s and Shaw’s Community Bag Program for the month of August in Southbridge and Sturbridge. The selection to these programs arrives just as Southbridge prepares for a required plastic bag ban that becomes official November 9.

The Big Y Community Bag Program and the Shaw’s Give Back Where It Counts Program are reusable bag programs that facilitate community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. 

For both programs, the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased during August 2019 at Shaws in Sturbridge or the Big Y in Southbridge. After August, shoppers at both stores can continue to contribute to the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts by following instructions provided on tags attached newly purchased reusable bags.

The Town of Southbridge passed a bylaw enacting plastic bag ban earlier this year. Stores and consumers have until November 1 to convert to plastic bag free solutions for grocery shopping. A purchase of the specialty community fundraising bags provides local shoppers with a way to protect the environment, to support a local arts nonprofit, and to prepare for the plastic bag ban.

The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, located at 111 Main Street in Southbridge, is dedicated to perpetuating the arts and humanities in the area. The nonprofit organization serves 19 towns in Massachusetts and six towns in Connecticut.  Learn more about the organization by visiting For more information on the Big Y Community Bag Program, visit  and


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