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

  I Can Read

It is our belief that all children have the right to read and comprehend what they read.  Therefore, the mission of “I Can Read!” of Southern Illinois is to be a vehicle for early intervention to address barriers to reading thus improving reading comprehension skills.


Our goal is to provide one-on-one and small group reading assistance to any child in kindergarten through fifth grade in the City of Carbondale regardless of race, gender or economic status who is at risk of academic failure due to low reading test scores.  Special attention is given to students enrolled in the Carbondale Elementary School District No. 95 that are at-risk and that is not meeting adequate yearly progress. For more information visit


Touch of Nature Environmental Center

Touch of Nature Environmental Center serves the students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the southern Illinois region and the nation as an outdoor laboratory for experiential learning and as a field site for research. These services are provided through therapeutic recreation, environmental education and adventure education programs that provide personal and interpersonal growth experiences. Your generous donation through the Neighborhood Co-op’s Wooden Nickel Program helps support these programs, as well as Camp Little Giant – our summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. For more information visit