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Let’s grow together! Here are some great opportunities for producing fresh food for local pantries and soup kitchens.


Community Hope Garden

The Community Hope Center (Cottage Hills) has a garden which provides food for its clients and supplies their Soup For The Soul program. We need help with weeding and picking throughout the summer. Visit the website for more information and to volunteer. 

When: variable 
Where: 1201 Hope Center Lane Cottage Hills, IL 62018 

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Gardens at SIUE

We seek to create a venue of beauty and distinction to support the educational and research components of the University as well as provide a haven for relaxation and enjoyment for all.

On Tuesday mornings from April through October, we welcome community to work with Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists in weeding, planting and watering the 36-acre garden. All tools will be provided.

Groups of 15 or more volunteers (e.g. Scouts, campus and community organizations) may schedule to work together on a specific day. We will plan projects for the group, based on the season of the year and length of time for the work day. 


When: April through October: Tuesdays 8:30 am-noon, or as scheduled for large groups 
Where: 6 Arboretum Lane, Edwardsville, IL 62025 

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(618) 650-3070


St. John’s Mission Garden

Since 2012, St. John's(Edwardsville) Mission Garden has been growing vegetables to give away to area food pantries and soup kitchens. 

We need people to plant, weed & pick, AS WELL AS transport produce to pantries. We pick four times a week, and picking is scheduled to coordinate with food pantry hours of operation, so that vegetables can be delivered in good condition. You can sign up for a regular picking shift(usually starting in mid-June) or just plan to drop in occasionally. Weeding can always be done on your own schedule!

Need help telling weeds from plants? Or want more info about our mission? Call the church office or email the address below. 


When: variable(March thru October) 
Where: 7372 Marine Road Edwardsville, IL 62025 

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Stephenson House

The Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House is an historic landmark and an important link to the history of Edwardsville. Our goal is to provide a quality, educational experience for our guests as well as a fun opportunity for our staff and volunteers. 

We need volunteers who can serve in the areas of:
Educational Guides and Historic Interpreters
Gift Shop Attendants
Construction of Period Clothing
Maintenance of historic garden & grounds

Informational/training sessions are held periodically to help volunteers be confident with any activities in which they choose to serve. 


When: variable 
Where: 409 South Buchanan Edwardsville IL 62025 

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Watershed Nature Center

The Watershed Nature Center is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation, and enjoyment of native habitats for Edwardsville and surrounding communities.

We welcome enthusiastic volunteers who are committed to maintaining our native habitats and enhancing our community. We need helpers to staff the Welcome Center, facilitate educational programming, and assist with event planning. In addition, we need gardening volunteers every Monday morning from late spring until September, to improve the local habitats by removing invasive species and replacing native plantings. 


When: varies 
Where: 1591 Tower Ave 

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