Participating Organizations


Artstarts Company


Good Samaritan Ministries


Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale



Artstarts Company is a Southern Illinois based, non-profit charitable organization devoted to making the "Arts" accessible to all Southern Illinois children. We connect the community through the arts.  We help artists astound the world by sharing what they are capable of becoming.


 Good Samaritan Ministries is a tax exempt organization established in 1985 by Carbondale Interfaith Council to provide shelter, food, counseling, and advocacy for homeless, near homeless and transient individuals and families.  We offer an emergency shelter, referral service, a transitional housing program, a food pantry, a soup kitchen and an emergency assistance program. Our undertaking is to help the homeless help themselves.   



The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale (BGCC), an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, became the first of its kind in southern Illinois when it opened in 2004.  BGCC serves children ages 6-18 through after school programs and special weekend events.  The Club ensures that all children can afford to belong and delivers a structured, age-appropriate curriculum to all members.  Through caring attention from adult mentors and program leaders, members receive academic assistance, life skill training, career and leadership development, art instruction, and social recreation.  BGCC is dedicated to helping kids learn, develop, mature, and become productive, responsible and caring citizens.  




Carbondale Main Street


Jackson-Union County Habitat for Humanity 


Jackson County Senior Adult Services


Carbondale Main Street is proud to help improve and promote the downtown district of Carbondale, Illinois. As a part of the National Main Street program, we specialize in economic development, organization,design as well as promotion in the downtown area. We are a resource for the businesses in our district; we offer design assistance grants and promotional tools for all of our retail and service locations, restaurants, and other establishments. We also plan and help to coordinate all of the special events in downtown, including the Friday Night Fairs and The Lights Fantastic Parade! If you are a Downtown business owner, a Carbondale resident, or a visitor to the Capital of Southern Illinois, please feel free to take advantage of what our district offers.



Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.Families apply to our local Jackson, Union County Habitat for a home. Habitat does not give away free homes. A family that gets a home must be willing to invest 250-300 “sweat equity hours” to build their home and take a money management course. When the home is completed, the family commits to making regular mortgage payments (at zero percent interest) until the mortgage is paid off.Our local Habitat is a 100% volunteer group, including our Board members. Funding to build each Habitat home comes from the mortgages being paid by previous homeowners. As construction costs have increased, we are seeking a higher level of funding from donations so that we may keep the mortgages within an affordable range for our homeowners.All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work or apply for a home, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. We are asking for your donation to help build our community.



Senior Adult Services is a non-profit organization providing senior services to residents of Jackson County, Illinois. The purpose of Senior Adult Services is to provide services and activities which support independence and enhance the quality of life for persons over 60 years old throughout Jackson County in Southern Illinois.




The Women's Center


The Night's Shield


Carbondale Community Arts



One of the first domestic violence centers in the country, The Women's Center, Inc. was created in 1972 by a group of visionaries who recognized the need for a safe, secure environment for Southern Illinois women and their children. We are pro-choice in all aspects of women's social, educational, financial, family, and legal rights.






The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit organization that provides twenty-four hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected and/or abandoned children from the entire state. As a child care institution, licensed by the state of Illinois, we provide a secure, nurturing and home-like setting for the children. Our hope is to help reduce the current trauma these children are experiencing by providing them with support and nurturing.





 Carbondale Community Arts is a not-for-profit arts organization that has encouraged the creative culture of Southern Illinois since 1987. Beginning with “Arts in Celebration,” southern Illinois’ first multi-arts festival, and expanding to become a full-service local arts agency, CCA has worked closely with the City of Carbondale and the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) to integrate the arts in the daily lives of our citizens.




Fuller Dome Home


I Can Read


Carbondale Charitable Rotary Foundation




RBF Dome NFP was formed in 2002 by a small group of local volunteers who believed that the Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale, Illinois was an extremely important historic artifact which should be preserved for the appreciation and education of future generations.

We are dedicated to a complete restoration of the Fuller Dome Home. This will ensure not only an additional educational-tourist resource to Southern Illinois, but a physical space where we can embrace, share, and express our unique cultural and intellectual heritage.



  It is our belief that all children have the right to read and comprehend what they read. Therefore, the mission of “I Can Read!” of Southern Illinois is to be a vehicle for early intervention to address barriers to reading thus improving reading comprehension skills.

Our goal is to provide one-on-one and small group reading assistance to any child in kindergarten through fifth grade in the City of Carbondale regardless of race, gender or economic status who is at risk of academic failure due to low reading test scores. Special attention is given to students enrolled in the Carbondale Elementary School District No. 95 that are at-risk and that is not meeting adequate yearly progress.

Recognition must be given to our many volunteers for their commitment to our program. Volunteers come from the Carbondale community, SIUC, John Logan College, Carbondale Elementary School District #95, and Carbondale Community High School. They are parents, students, teachers, retirees, community members and ministers.

As parents, schools, community members and civic organizations joined forces to close the achievement gap experienced by our students; this program is committed to helping by offering a tutoring room that provides a safe and nurturing environment.





To Serve and Support Educational Programs, Projects, and Activities of the Youth in the Carbondale and Surrounding Southern Illinois Area                                                                                                  












WDBX provides a public forum for artistic and cultural expression and for the exchange of ideas among individuals and the community. Community radio means many things to many people. In much the same way that a neighborhood park is characterized by those who use it, community radio is created by those who participate with it—as listeners, or as volunteers. At its best, community radio benefits and strengthens the community around it by providing local, participatory media opportunities to the community.
WDBX involves its volunteers in nearly every aspect of its daily operations. While there are numerous ways for volunteers to work behind the scenes, it is the opportunity to go on the air as a volunteer DJ that is, perhaps, the most outstanding feature of volunteer involvement at WDBX. Your neighbors — artists and farmers, entrepreneurs and educators, elders and youth alike– have come forward to play the music, tell the stories, engage in the debates and air the concerns that give our lives meaning and the community its life. Very few come with any radio or broadcast experience. If you are interested to volunteer, WDBX will train you in the operation of its equipment and in the organizational skills necessary to become a WDBX DJ, or assist you in finding an opportunity off-air if you should wish.