The green team

The garden ministry is a Green Team initiative providing vegetables for area food pantries and community members here at Wesley and the greater Coles County region. If you are interested in adopting a garden box or volunteering at our Giving in-ground Garden, please contact Karen Clausing (  /217-273-0597) or Robin Murray ( /217-549-0199).

    Donating in Coles County

With the loss of Restore as a donation option, local families and businesses need to turn to other are resale shops with their donations. This table created by Steve Runyon, outlines the various resale businesses that may accept your donations. Items each place accepts and any restrictions are also noted along with business hours, address, and phone numbers. 

8 Places to Donated Used Items

When donating to Standing Stone - please refer to the following Donation Center Guidelines to best serve the center and community

Standing Stone Donation Center Guidelines


There are many options for recycling drop-off within Coles County. Please view the updated list of all locations here:



In 2020, the church had a large unused area of lawn with a water hydrant…the perfect spot for a garden! Despite COVID, we started small with one 4’x8’ raised bed & two 4’ grow bags tended by the Green Team. While not wildly productive, it was a good learning experience. That fall, a scout with BSA Troop 141 expanded our garden for his Eagle Project. Alex’s design made our garden disability accessible with a wide paver path, two 2’x4’ waist high & eight 4’x4’ knee high raised beds situated on a weed barrier edged with brick. 2021 kicked off with a fun Earth Day event planting vegetables & flowers for pollinators in our greatly improved garden. Foraging deer enjoyed our efforts as much as we did so temporary fencing & a gate were welcome additions.

Let love grow!

According to Dr. Michael Gillespie, EIU Sociology Professor, families with children in our county had a 22.4% poverty rate & 44.1% food insecurity rate in 2018 so our goals for 2022 expanded to include growing fresh, healthy vegetables for those in need.  This spring we doubled the size of the garden & enclosed it with 7’ deer fencing.  The raised beds are assigned, as before, to gardeners for their personal use; vegetables from in-ground rows will be donated to local food pantries.  Networking with   similar community projects & destinations for our produce as well as outreach on campus & to the community are ongoing.  Volunteers with a variety of skills are always welcome … gardening, of course, but also networking, organizing educational activities, & distributing vegetables to name a few.  Our garden continues to grow so join the fun, enjoy time outside in nature, get to know other gardeners, & put your faith to work helping our neighbors!