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Rouge Store Income Discount Overview

The Rouge Store offers prices on a sliding scale to help ensure that all community members have the opportunity to work towards a Clean Water Future in their community.

How to get a $52 rain barrel? For low-income residents, purchase three 50 gallon rain barrels using the low-income discount, and apply the membership discount (available through the link below for a cost of $8, or at whatever price you can afford).

PAY IT FORWARD RATE

Typically what you would pay at a for-profit store. We aim to maximize community participation through low prices, rather than maximize profit. Your choice to pay at this rate invests in Clean Water efforts across southeast Michigan.

AT COST RATE

The price we need to charge to cover our expenses running the event, covering wholesale costs and staff time providing customer service, managing orders, and placing ads that broadcast Clean Water values to hundreds of thousands of our neighbors in southeast Michigan.

SUBSIDIZED RATE

Helping you do great things! You’re someone who has big plans but needs a little help to make it happen. You are exactly why we launched this sale! Our goal is to lower prices to maximize the number of people coming together to work for the Rouge’s Clean Water Future. In receiving this help from your friends and neighbors, keep in mind ways to Pay It Forward in the coming years, whether by volunteering or by donating when you’re able to do so. Typically this tier is best for families at 300% or under the Federal Poverty Guidelines (press here to review income guidelines), e.g. $78,000 annual income for a family of four.

SCHOLARSHIP RATE

For those who need more help than the subsidized rate, please take advantage of the Scholarship Rate. Typically this tier is best for families at or below 200% the Federal Poverty Guidelines (press here to review income guidelines), e.g. $52,000 annual income for a family of four.

ADDITIONAL MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT

Receive an additional discount by becoming a member of Friends of the Rouge (typically 10% off). Memberships are available at whatever price level you can afford, e.g. $8 or lower.