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.


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