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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 2024

Wooden Nickels


The Hunger Sale

Church Women United of Carbondale is a local unit of Church Women United, a racially, culturally and theologically inclusive women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Our local unit focus is, to raise funds to support the hungry. 


In 2023, we distributed $14,186.00 to local organizations in southern Illinois:  Good Samaritan Ministries, Senior Adult Services, Survivor Empowerment Center Inc. ,(Women’s Center of Carbondale), Feed My Sheep Bethel AME Church, Carbondale For Kids Sake Intl., I Can Read (kids snacks), Victory Dream Center, Gaia House Interfaith Center, Marion Medical Mission (water wells), Murphysboro Food Pantry Inc, S.P.I.N./ Supporting People in Need, Carbondale Warming Center, & SIU Student Food Pantry.



Connect 360

The Mission of Connect 360 is to improve the communications, relationships, and actions of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development and implementation of policies, as well as education and work programs, that will help eliminate disparities, thereby ensuring a sustainable and resilient community.  All members of the Connect 360 community recognize that we are an integral part of the community and will respect, honor and protect the dignity of all individuals.  


• Building Relationships • Open Communication • Involvement and Support • Educating and Enriching • Community Outreach •


Learn more at

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