Youth Fundraiser

Youth Fundraiser Banner with Text

Area youth will be collecting donations and needed items to help three of our Homeless Service providers, which have been decimated during the last year in which social service organizations received no state funding. They will be collecting this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July 21-23) at the Murphysboro and Marion Wal-Marts. Any youth who would like to help are welcome to let us know at Stop by for as long or as little as you can!

Monetary donations will benefit the key provider of low-income housing in the region, the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless. Donation of items will go to the Women’s Center and Good Samaritan Ministries, and toward making care packages for those in need. You can drop off items Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the stores. We will also be collecting items through August 7, and pick up is available by contacting

We are very grateful for our youth who care for the well-being of others, and we hope that everyone can help in some way. Thank you!

YF Care Package Items

You may also make a tax-deductible donation directly to Youth Fundraiser c/o Sparrow Coalition, 306 W. Monroe St., Carbondale, IL 62901 or online at

Southern Illinois Youth Project

We are local youth on a mission to help the homeless and less fortunate here in our community. All of the items we receive during this endeavor will be given to the Good Samaritan House and the Women’s Shelter. All monetary donations will be given to the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless. Jackson County currently has a poverty rate of 30.4%, and Williamson County is at 15.8%. The Sparrow Coalition is working with organizations like the Good Samaritan House and SICH to help our neighbors in need, but these organizations need our help and support. Please help us help them!

Give generously to youth who will be standing outside of local shops raising funds and collecting needed items on July 21, 22, and 23 for our three main providers of housingGood Samaritan House, the Women’s Center, and Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless. 

Items Needed for Care Packages:

Travel Size:                       For kids/teens:

Deodorant                             Small toys

Tooth brush                         Books

Toothpaste                           Purses

Comb/Brush                         Wallets

Razor                                     Nail Polish

Shaving Cream                   Other prizes

Shampoo                           Other items:

Conditioner                          Diapers

Soap                                      Baby Wipes

Wash cloth                    Socks (all sizes)


Are your youth interested in participating? Contact organizer Jaci Arthur for more information at

Also, if your church, business, or organization is willing to participate, let us know. We very much hope everyone can get involved in helping these organizations continue their important work in these difficult times. Every bit helps. Thank you!

You may also make direct tax-deductible donations through Sparrow’s GoFundMe Account at or send to Sparrow Coalition, 306 W. Monroe St., Carbondale, IL 62901 with “Youth Fundraiser” in the memo line.