Formed in October of 2012, the PUMC Green Team has adopted the following as our Mission Statement to convey the intention and focus of this new small group:
“Educate and encourage ideas about how to live greener, and together act in ways that will lead all to become better stewards of God’s creation.”
Contact: Contact Carol May (email@example.com), our group’s leader, for more information.
Connect with us on Facebook – Green Team Page
6th Annual Really Really Free Market
Saturday, August 4, 2018
8:30 am – 3 pm
If You Don’t Need It, Free It!
We all have “stuff” in our lives- things that take up space in our homes, that we just don’t need or want- but are still perfectly good and useful to someone. The longer it stays in the garage or the basement or the shed (or even under the bed??) the less “good”or useful it becomes, and eventually it goes to the garbage and ends up in a landfill. Not good for mother earth.
Guess what? There is someone out there in the community who thinks that “stuff” is a treasure.
Then PUMC has just the ticket and it’s all about simplifying, caring, and sharing — for our home, our neighbors and our earth.
Really REALLY Free Market FAQ’s
Q: When and where is the Freemarket event?
A: The Plainfield Really Really Free Market is held each year on the first Saturday in August at Plainfield UMC (15114 S Illinois St).
Q: Where and when can I drop off donations?
A: Beginning on July 16th, Plainfield UMC and Plainfield Village Hall (24401 W Lockport St) will accept donations during normal business hours
Q: What can I donate?
A: We can accept most items which are clean and unbroken. We cannot accept televisions , CRT monitors, or hazardous materials such as paint, turpentine, or propane tanks.
Q: What if I have something large to donate, can it be picked up?
A: If you have something large, such as a sofa or refrigerator, simply take a photo of the item and provide it to us either on the day of the event, or prior to ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or post to our Facebook page, along with contact and address and we will post it on our “Big Ticket” board.
Q: I will be having a garage sale- can the items not sold be donated to the Free Market for tax purposes?
A: We can certainly provide you with a letter for tax writeoff- please contact the email@example.com for the documentation.
Q: How can I volunteer if I will be out of town or busy that weekend?
A: There are many ways to help before and after the event is held- if fact, there is much more to be done before the event is held on that Saturday.
Q: I have a child – can they come with me when I volunteer?
A: Many of the tasks can be done with children or at home, such as making phone calls to help recruit volunteers.
Q: I work with a youth group- is there anything we can do together to volunteer?
A: YES!! We need youth to support this outreach. Some examples are: passing out “Save the Date” flyers at homes, and helping pack up leftovers. This volunteer activity can also help satisfy community service requirements.
Q: I am not able to lift or carry things- is there anything that I can do to help?
A: This is one of our most commonly asked questions- the answer is SURE! We will have bags of clothing that needs to be sorted. It is quite easy (and some say relaxing) while seated to do this very important support activity.
Q: I am more of an artist- is there something that I can do creatively to help support the free market?
A: We are actively searching for folks who like to put together things like posters flyers, graphic art, etc. We also love to have music during the event to help the guests relax, and brings a special ambiance to the shopping experience.
Green News You Can Use
Here is a new link from our friend Ava, who is in girl scouts, and is working to earn her Biodiversity Challenge badge- Thank you Ava for this very cool green link!
What can be recycled? Residents in Will County can visit the Will County Green website for a wealth of information on recycling.
Composting is a natural form of recycling, which continually occurs in nature. Is composting an option for you? Read all about composting here: Clean Gardening: Beginner’s Guide to Home Composting
Interested in learning or volunteering for environmental issues? Check out these links!
- Huffington Post Green News
- Good Housekeeping Green News
- Walk A Mile Project *Volunteer!
- Keep America Beautiful
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- Famous Environmental Activists
- Helpers of Mother Earth *NEW!!! Volunteer for Spring Cleanup events-click on link for more information
Do you have a link or website that you would like to share? We would love to hear from you and add it to our “green list.” Email Carol May (firstname.lastname@example.org).