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


Richard Buckminster Fuller Dome

Richard Buckminster Fuller Dome is a not-for-profit corporation organized in 2002 dedicated to honoring Buckminster Fuller’s legacy. The vision is to further Bucky’s work, principles, and commitment to addressing humanity’s most basic needs. They do this by preserving his dome home and providing programming in the spirit of Buckminster Fuller’s ideals. Funds will be used to continue our extensive renovation project.


In 1954, Fuller displayed his cardboard dome for the first time and received acceptance by the architectural community. Fuller aimed to utilize the earth’s finite resources to benefit humankind, but at the same time, he did not want to disrupt the ecosystem either. It gained popularity, and thanks to Buckminster Fuller, the Geodesic Dome received the attention and exposure it deserved.

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Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves

The Friends of Illinois mission is to support the Illinois Nature Preserves System by advocating for and finding increased support, resources, funding, and staff for the system and assisting local volunteer communities as they help restore and care for their Illinois biodiversity reserves. The Friends support biodiversity conservation in our Nature Preserves state-wide. Our core mission is to ensure that these sites maintain their rare and unique plants, animals, and natural communities into the distant future. To do this, we connect the caring public with treasured nature, help find new resources, and train and empower expert and dedicated volunteer stewards. Nearly 600 ecologically important sites totaling 110,000 acres have been protected as Illinois Nature Preserves and Land and Water Reserves, and we promote the best for them all! 

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