Help build your community

The Co-op holds all kinds of charitable events throughout the year. Big or small, local or national, we feel it is important to support organizations that match values of community, health, sustainability, and the environment. 


Locally, we support smaller organizations that have a regional impact through our Wooden Nickels program. Shoppers receive a Wooden Nickel for every bag-able purchase when they bring their own bag to take it home in. They can then donate that Wooden Nickel to one of two nonprofits. These nonprofits are chosen quarterly from suggestions made by staff, customers, owners, and community members.


Note: Our program has had a few changes during COVID. We discontinued the use of the wooden nickel temporally, however the purpose still remains. Instead we are taking cash donations for organizations that the Co-op will match dollar for dollar up to $250! This means a non-profit could earn up to $500!! Double from before!

To apply for our Wooden Nickel program please fill out our Donation Request Form

Other Community Donations: If you would like support for an event you have coming up, please let us know. Our resources are limited, but we will provide what we can.  Fill out our online Donation Request Form.

Our Donations Policy

Organizations must be a registered 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit; must be nonpartisan (not affiliated with or promoting any political issue, party, or candidate); cannot discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical disability; should benefit Southern Illinois communities and their citizens; are fundraising for programs that are not intended to advance a particular religious belief; and are fundraising for programs that meet all of the above criteria.

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 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

Wooden Nickels

City of Carbondale Parks and Recreation Foundation

The City of Carbondale Parks and Recreation Foundation is a designated fund for charitable donations and is part of the Southern Illinois Community Foundation. The fund was established in 2020 and its purpose is to assist in funding of City of Carbondale recreational facilities and programs. This fund has been established for the express purpose of supporting improvements to properties owned and managed by the City of Carbondale that operate as public parks, open spaces, or other recreational spaces and in addition, to assist with providing recreational programming opportunities.


To learn more visit

The Foster Family Resource Center of Southern Illinois  

The Foster Family Resource Center of Southern Illinois was established in late 2018. Our mission is to “stand in the gap” for foster parents in 22 Southern Illinois counties. We do that by providing items and supplies (completely free of charge) to meet their immediate needs when children are placed with them in a foster care situation. Every week we provide things ranging from clothing, shoes, diapers and formula to beds, cribs, car safety seats and more. We also have programs to provide dental care for foster children and serve as advocates for foster care, foster children and adoption.  


To learn more visit


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