For any purchase requiring a bag, when you bring your own reusable bag, you will receive a wooden nickel per transaction to donate to one of two national/regional charities that change each quarter. You decide which organization to donate to. (Wooden Nickel donations are capped at $250 per organization. However, all cash donations will be given to the organization in addition to the Wooden Nickel contribution.)

Current Recipients

Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale has been an afterschool program in this southern Illinois area since 2004. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. We provide after school programming to over 1500 youth in the community per year. In the last two years we have added 3 school based sites - Rebound Alternative High School, Carbondale Middle School and Lewis School. We provide programming in character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; sports, fitness and recreation; the arts and service learning. We serve youth ages 6-18 and do not have geographical boundaries. For $20.00 per year youth can come to the Club and have a safe place to be. 

Illinois Native Plant Society

The Illinois Native Plant Society promotes the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native flora and natural communities of Illinois; provides education to the general public as to the value of the native flora and its habitat; and produces publications that provide an outlet for such information, including the peer-reviewed journal of the INPS (Erigenia) and the quarterly newsletter (The Harbinger). INPS and its 7 active local chapters put on a variety of activities including field trips, lectures, slide shows, and workshops. INPS has been around since 1985, being founded by Dr. Robert Mohlenbrock and his students at Southern Illinois University. The Southern chapter in Carbondale is very active, with free monthly programs and occasional plant identification workshops. We host an Indigenous Plants Symposium every year, along with a native plant sale. We currently have around 160 members.