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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 had a few changes during COVID. We discontinued the use of the wooden nickel temporarily, however the purpose remained the same. We started taking cash donations for organizations as well, and pass these along with our Wooden Nickel match directly to the nonprofit organizations.

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.)

2nd Quarter Recipients: April - June 2023

Wooden Nickels

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Carbondale United

The mission of Carbondale United is to provide an avenue of healing and community safety through the following: awareness, education and activism. Our goals are to eliminate the reasons for gun violence and racism from our neighborhoods and to provide spaces plus events that are inclusive and diverse. Our Create Your Future program aims to eliminate the reasons for Gun Violence, provide positive avenues for those who believe that gun violence is the only solution to settling a dispute. Stop retaliation and provide education, employment and self-love. We want to bring back unity into the community. Carbondale United is currently putting together a parent committee and many more programs. 


To learn more, visit

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Carbondale New School

Carbondale New School is a progressive, independent, not-for-profit private school for students from PreK through eighth grade. We are not a new school; we have been here since 1974 when a small group of dedicated, determined, and visionary parents founded CNS. 


Carbondale New School provides quality, student-centered education that inspires confidence and a lifelong love for learning. We respond to each student’s unique abilities and learning style within an inclusive and supportive community that values the intelligence, worth and creativity of all children. We empower children with knowledge, skills, compassion and a sense of responsibility for self and others. 


To learn more, visit

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