Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting

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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.

At our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting, you can:

  • sign up for garden builds and garden coaching
  • pick up your 2018 t-shirt (additional family shirts available for a suggested donation of $5)
  • learn from presenters who will inspire you make the best of your garden this year
  • select seeds for your home garden if you are a member of Food Growers Network
Beginners welcome! 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. Got gardening experience? You could sign up to mentor families in your community. We are also in need of volunteers who have pickup trucks to help us deliver bagged soil to our clients. You can sign up for any of these volunteer roles at the meeting and help make our spring garden builds a success! 

Agenda

7:00 Brief introduction to The GardenWorks Project, History, and why we do the work we do 
 
7:15 Speaker Christina LePage, Senior Director of Programs – Basic Services, People's Resource Center
 
7:45 Orientation on Garden Builds
 
8:15 DISMISSAL to signup for garden builds.
        Food Growers Network members can pick up their seeds. Sign up to be a member at the meeting or sign up here.

 


We are excited to have Christina LePage from one of our partner organizations, People's Resource Center. 

As Senior Director of Programs, Christina oversees the coordination and delivery of basic and empowerment services for the People’s Resource Center (PRC). Since joining PRC in November, 2016, Christina has provided leadership and support for PRC’s program areas that reach nearly 30,000 neighbors throughout DuPage County each year. Christina also convenes the DuPage Community Hunger Network; a network of emergency food providers and likeminded partners working together to address food security in DuPage County.

Over the past 14 years, Christina’s passion for serving the community has deepened through a variety of rich experiences, including social services and public health initiatives.  Christina understands firsthand how critical it is to eliminate barriers to essential services that support the health and wellness of DuPage residents.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Christina has worked in a variety of settings and has seen the multifaceted impact of poverty. She has worked for the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, DuPage County Health Department, and Infant Welfare Society of Evanston. Christina earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

 

The GardenWorks Project relies on the time and talents of those in our community who are dedicated to helping our food-insecure neighbors. Our garden builds are great opportunities for families to volunteer together. The meeting is free, but please RSVP.

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