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  • published Garden Coach in Volunteer 2017-10-17 14:10:43 -0500

    Garden Coach

    Each garden recipient is paired with a garden coach to help ensure their success as a new gardener. The coach checks in periodically with the recipient to see how their garden is doing, offer advice, and answer questions. The coach mentors them through the first season of organic gardening.

    Sign up here now to indicate your interest in volunteering as a Garden Coach.  You will be included on all future notices about our builds.  Garden coaches sign up to volunteer for specific builds and locations at our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting.  If any volunteer spots remain after the meeting, we will open an online sign-up page.

    Duties:

    • Attend training sessions, held after the  Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting
    • Attend builds of your clients
    • Share contact your information with the client so they may reach you
    • Email, call, or visit client 2 weeks after build & then monthly
    • Be part of our Garden Coach email support group, ask & answer as needed

    Skills Desired:

    • Some gardening experience, but by no means master gardening
    • Flexibility in accommodating client preferences

    Support Offered:

    Commitment:

    • Approximately 1-2 hours per month during the growing season
    WHEN
    December 31, 2200 at 12am
    WHERE
    DuPage County
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  • published Garden Builds 2017 in Volunteer 2017-04-25 13:05:16 -0500

    Garden Builds 2017

    Want to make a difference in your community? It's amazing the impact just one hour of your time at a garden build can make for a family who relies on food pantries and wants to grow food at home.

    No gardening experience is necessary to be a garden builder, and it's a great way to learn how to build raised beds for your own home.

    Our garden builds are great opportunities for families to volunteer together (volunteers of all ages are welcome to build with us).

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  • published Materials Loader in Volunteer 2017-10-17 14:30:44 -0500

    Materials Loader

    All materials are centrally delivered to the GardenWorks Project at a facility in West Chicago. Materials Loaders do the heavy lifting (literally) to make sure soil, compost, and raised bed wooden frames get loaded into the trucks for Materials Distributors. We need volunteers to work Friday and Saturday shifts (approximately 3 hours) at this location. This is a great activity for groups.

    Sign up here now to indicate your interest in volunteering as a Materials Loader.  You will be included on all future notices about our builds.

    Duties:

    Skills Desired:

    • Ability to safely lift 40 pound bags of soil and compost
    • Ability to safely lift 4' and 8' lengths of raised bed frames

    Support Offered:

    • Grab a buddy or one (or three) will be provided to help
    • Access to our Volunteer Coordinator, as needed

    Commitment:

    • Approximately 7 hours total
      • Meetings for approximately 2 hours in March, 2 hours in May
      • 3 hours shifts on Friday and/or Saturday afternoons on May weekends
    WHEN
    February 14, 2100 at 12am
    WHERE
    West Chicago
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  • rsvped for Materials Distributor 2016-12-13 20:43:55 -0600

    Materials Distributor

    Materials Distributors do the heavy lifting (literally) to make sure soil, compost, garden beds, and other garden build materials are at the right place, at the right time. This is a great activity for individuals or groups. 

    Access to a truck is required, as is a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

    Sign up here now to indicate your interest in volunteering as a Materials Distributor.  You will be included on all future notices about our builds.  Materials Distributors sign up to volunteer for specific builds and locations at a TBA meeting in March.

    Duties:

    • Attend build scheduling meeting in March, details TBA
    • Attend the Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting
    • 1-2 days prior to builds:
      • Pick up soil, compost, and garden beds for client at our Resource Center
      • Deliver materials to build locations throughout DuPage County

    Skills Desired:

    • Access to pick-up truck
    • Ability to safely lift 40 pound bags of soil and compost
    • Ability to safely lift 4' and 8' lengths of raised bed frames

    Support Offered:

    • Grab a buddy or one (or three) will be provided to help
    • Access to our Volunteer Coordinator, as needed

    Commitment:

    • Please plan to sign-up for 2-3 build locations
    • Approximately 8-10 hours total
      • Meetings for approximately 2 hours in March, 2 hours in May
      • Approximately 20 minutes per build + travel time
    WHEN
    December 31, 2100 at 12am
    WHERE
    DuPage County
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  • published Garden Builder in Volunteer 2017-10-17 14:08:09 -0500

    Garden Builder

     Alongside our clients, we assemble 4x8' raised bed gardens, fill them with soil and compost, and plant seedlings and seeds.

    Sign up here now to indicate your interest in volunteering for a garden build.  You will be included on all future notices about our builds.  Garden builders sign up to volunteer for specific times and locations at our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting.  If any volunteer spots remain after the meeting, we will open an online sign-up page.

    Duties:

    • Attend Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting
    • Just prior to build, check your email for updates, for possible rescheduling
    • Arrive at build 5 minutes prior to build time
    • Bring sun protection, appropriate shoes, and gardening gloves
    • Help move soil & plants to frame
    • Prepare soil for planting
    • Help plant seeds/seedlings
    • Water new plants/seeds
    • Build should be completed in an hour or less

    Skills Desired:

    • No gardening experience necessary!
    • Flexibility in accommodating client preferences during the build.

    Commitment:

    • Approximately 1 hour per build (or less)
    WHEN
    December 31, 2100 at 12am
    WHERE
    DuPage County
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  • wants to volunteer 2017-04-25 14:14:50 -0500

    Volunteer Information Form

    All volunteers must complete this Volunteer Information Form prior to volunteering.
    Thanks in advance for providing us with your most up-to-date information. Become a volunteer

  • published Donate in Support Us 2016-12-03 13:17:41 -0600

  • posted about Give Monthly on Facebook 2016-11-23 21:07:50 -0600
    Just made a donation to The GardenWorks Project, you can too!

    Give Monthly to The GardenWorks Project

    You give monthly. We grow stronger in our fight against hunger.

    2018 is an important year for The GardenWorks Project, as we increase our client base and expand our presence with community partners.  Your monthly gift provides resources that make an immediate impact.  

    Monthly giving is the easiest and most efficient way to support The GardenWorks Project. You are in total control. You can easily start, change or stop your gift at any time online. You’ll receive less mail because we don’t need to send you reminders — which means more of your gift goes directly to support families in need.

    Join our most forward-thinking supporters and help provide the sustained resources needed to accelerate the pace and scale of The GardenWorks Project's support of all gardeners in their efforts to grow and prepare food for themselves and their neighbors in need.

     

    Please make your monthly 2018 contribution online with our secure payment method.

    Do you prefer to make a single payment? Click here.


    Since 2012, your contributions have helped us to build 132 gardens for our food insecure neighbors.  The majority of our clients often don’t know where their next meal is coming from and turn to food pantries in an effort to provide sustenance for their families.  By continuing to support The GardenWorks Project, you’re offering these families the opportunity to grow organic vegetables, learn sustainable food growing methods, and feel the pride of self-sufficiency. Read our Annual Gratitude Report to learn more about what we accomplished with your help in 2017.


    Does your business wish to support The GardenWorks Project? See our Corporate Sponsorship Program information.

    Choose The GardenWorks Project as your charity of choice on Amazon, and we will receive 0.5% of your purchase!

    Our sincerest thanks to you for supporting the work that is so important to us all.

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  • answered 2016-10-03 21:02:12 -0500
    Q: How many adults over 64 years old live in the household?
    A: 0

    Client Application 2017

    You CAN grow your own food, and The GardenWorks Project can help! If you have a sunny spot in your yard, a water source, and interest in growing your own vegetables, you can receive a 4’x8’ raised bed garden. With your help, our volunteers will build your garden, plant it with the vegetables you choose, and help you care for it. Our garden coaches will check in with you throughout the growing season to answer questions and offer advice.

    Please complete all sections of the application and return it to the food pantry by February 20, 2017. All information gathered in this application is confidential and will not be shared. Gardens are awarded based on programmatic funding. You will not be denied a garden based on information in this application.

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  • donated 2017-10-24 14:37:09 -0500

    Support the GardenWorks Project

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    You give. We grow.

    2018 will be an important year for The GardenWorks Project, as we increase our client base and expand our presence with community partners. We have a goal to build 90 garden for food-insecure families.  Your monetary supportgift provides resources that make an immediate impact.  

     

    Your gift provides resources that make an immediate impact.  

    $20 provides all plants and seeds to nourish a family all summer

    $50 provides cedar boards and hardware used to build a 4' x 8' garden bed

    $85 provides 1 cubic yard of garden soil and compost to fill one garden

    $100 provides soil, compost, seedlings and all tools necessary for one garden

    $200 gives a raised bed garden, soil, plants, seeds, and other supplies to a family who is both in need of food assistance, and has a desire to learn to grow organic food at home

    Every donor who gives $150 or more gets our new "Sow Grow Care Share" long-sleeved t-shirt (we will email you for size preference).

    Please make your contribution online with our secure payment method or if you prefer, mail your payment to The GardenWorks Project, PO Box 615, West Chicago, IL 60186.

    Do you prefer to give monthly?  Visit our monthly giving page.


     

    Since 2012, your contributions have helped us to build 132 gardens for our food insecure neighbors. The majority of our clients often don’t know where their next meal is coming from and turn to food pantries in an effort to provide sustenance for their families.  By continuing to support The GardenWorks Project, you’re offering these families the opportunity to grow organic vegetables, learn sustainable food growing methods, and feel the pride of self-sufficiency. Read our Annual Gratitude Report to learn more about what we accomplished with your help in 2017.


    Does your business wish to support The GardenWorks Project? See our Corporate Sponsorship Program information.

    Choose The GardenWorks Project as your charity of choice on Amazon, and we will receive 0.5% of your purchase!

    Our sincerest thanks to you for supporting the work that is so important to us all.

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    Donate

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