I see multiple posts from friends looking for information on how to purchase community business discount cards from their local school group fundraiser in towns all over Southern Illinois. This is for a good reason–they are a win-win-win situation. Buyer, school group, and community businesses all benefit. 
There is a section called “Eat & More to Help” under the “Info and Misc” icon on the ASOSI app. This is where local (verifiable) fundraisers and benefits, when known, are listed. For example, if you look under the Carbondale section of “Eat & More to Help,” you will find a link to the Empty Bowl event for Good Samaritan House.  (If you are reading this after the event date, the link may no longer be listed.)

     Wouldn’t it be great if we got in the habit of checking to see where we could help folks out in our communities? Actually, even if you are passing through on vacation, getting a great meal or buying a souvenir that helps someone out is not a bad thing. In fact some of the food at benefits is probably prepared by some of the best home cooks in the area. In any given month, there may be fish fries, mostaccoli dinners, chicken and dumplings, and more. If you are vacationing in Southern Illinois and have been eating all of your meals in restaurants, you might want to check to see if there are any home cooked meal fundraisers in your path for a change of pace. You might also meet some wonderful locals and get more ideas on what you would like to see while you are here. 

     Think of fundraisers as more opportunities to purchase unique gifts. There may be one of a kind items available to purchase that someone on your list would love. Meanwhile, your purchase goes toward a good cause. 

     The ASOSI app is available for free download on Google Play and the Apple App Store. 

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