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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), our group’s leader, for more information.
Connect with us on Facebook – Green Team Page
6th Annual Really Really Free Market
Was a Huge Success!
Read our Highlights Below
Market Mission: “To come together as a community to redistribute items that are no longer needed or wanted to put those items directly into the hands of those who can use or need them. Its purpose its threefold- help the environment, reduce our clutter, help those in need.”
By the Numbers
We Sorted & organized over a million items!
We had over forty volunteers who helped prepare for the event!
We had thirty-eight volunteers helping guests to have a wonderful shopping experience!
Eleven Del Valle families shopped the Free Market on Friday evening before!
Five hundred twenty-three people shopped the free market
About forty PHC Band members and PUMC youth helped pack up the leftovers!
In all over six hundred lives (and uncounted more) were touched or changed by our service in His Name!
Several Generations of Volunteers Worked Side by Side During the Weeks Leading Up to and on Event Day
- Examples-including in my own family were myself and Bill, son Dan, and grandson DJ,
- Lisa and her kids helped all week.
- Mother and daughter team of Mallory and Shannon Jarot volunteered to work 2nd shift event day.
Served God’s family on Many Levels
- Served within our PUMC church family, folks who volunteered, giving them opportunity to serve others, (and maybe find a treasure too! )
- Served for our town in Plainfield, by providing our leftovers to the Plainfield Central Band. And they came well equipped with their band trailer!
- Served for our local community, by reaching out to all the pantries and shelters, Hispanic community as well. (Ridgewood, Plainfield Interfaith, Green Harvest, Hands of Hope, Morningstar, Daybreak, Salvation Army are examples of organizations we heavily promoted by providing flyers and posters, and in Spanish too!)
- Served for the church’s mission Delvalle families (with a special early showing Friday night) Many thanks to Estelee Decou and Sue Hasenyager for being on hand to lend support of this very special ministry!
- Served our global community by providing textiles to raise funds to support “Advocate for Prosperity”, a charity focused on the eradicating generational poverty in the Philippines
Many Organizations and Businesses Stepped up to Provide Support
- Will County Green raised our event on their web site and was on hand during the event with a table display; and Marta Keane and her kids Samantha and Nicholas were instrumental in helping with photography, as well as working the 2nd shift in fellowship hall.
- Village of Plainfield acted as a drop off point for donations (the 5th year!)
- Gary Cheney w/ Sharefest New Lenox emailed and asked what they could do- in a couple of days, pallets of children’s clothing were dropped off at the church (a big hug from God!)
- Peter Rubi donated three crates of fresh fruit to offer the guests as they waited outside in the morning of the event.
- Mariano’s donated footlongs for the volunteers working the event
- And many downtown Plainfield and Joliet businesses offered support by displaying our posters and flyers (including many Hispanic grocery and bakery stores)
An Interfaith Multi-Church Collaboration
- Al Aqsa Masjid (shout out to Sayeed and Sherry!) has been a real supporter and their congregation has volunteered before during and after the market. They provided the breakfast goodies of which we were so grateful!
- Hope United Methodist also has a free clothing drive, which was on the same day as the event- Pastor Linny dropped by to trade flyers and would like to work with us again next year on some level.
- My good friend Tina, who is a member of St Jude Catholic Church in Joliet supported us by volunteering before and during the event, and the church displayed flyers and poster.
Closing Thoughts by the Green Team
- Truly Amazed by how God is at work (such as getting the call at the 11th hour from the PHC Booster director- friends with Ali G wanting all our leftovers, and offering the kids up to pack it all-indeed it was God giving us another special hug)
- And what a blessing it is be a witness to this outreach- God working through us all of us to serve and be a blessing to others.
- That, our church family, those who supported the free market in so many ways whether it was donating, volunteering, praying. Special thank you to Becky Potter, Bob Kutsy, Sue Hasenyager and Pastor Dick for the special work you did in helping to make this outreach amazing!
With that said I am pretty sure I can say
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 (email@example.com).