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


WDBX Community Radio Station

 WDBX provides a public forum for artistic and cultural expression and for the exchange of ideas among individuals and the community. Since 1996 Heterodyne Broadcasting, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, has been broadcasting from Carbondale, Illinois, at the frequency 91.1 FM under the FCC assigned call letters WDBX. With this non-commercial, educational FM license, WDBX operates as a Community Radio station with almost all programming created by local DJs. Broadcasting at 3,000 watts, WDBX reaches listeners for 25-40 miles around Carbondale, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 125,000 southern Illinoisans inside our broadcast area. We reach all of Jackson and Williamson counties and parts of Perry, Franklin, Johnson, Saline, and Union counties.

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Green Earth  

Green Earth was created in 1974 to acquire, preserve, and provide public access to natural areas in Carbondale. The funding to establish this not-for-profit organization was provided by a grant from the City of Carbondale in the amount of $102,000.  Green Earth acquired its first property, Brush Hill Nature Preserve, in 1976 using a portion of the grant money; the remainder of the money was invested. Revenue from these investments generates about one-half of the annual operating budget. The other half comes from donations from the community. Currently, they own and maintain six natural areas, totaling 220 acres and nine miles of hiking trails - all open to the public for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. They depend on our local community for financial support and hands-on help in land management, trail maintenance, community outreach, hosting school field trips, and community educational events. 


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