Grow with us!
The GardenWorks Project is a grassroots, volunteer-driven project. If you believe in our mission and want to help, there are many ways that you can participate. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the activities below, please contact us today. All volunteer opportunities are announced via our e-newsletter, sign up is easy.
2016 Home Gardening Program
During our garden build events held in May, June, and August of each year, alongside our clients we assemble 4x8' raised bed gardens, fill them with soil and compost, and plant vegetable plants and seeds. Volunteer training is provided on the day of the garden build, so no prior experience is necessary. Each garden build typically takes about an hour, and all ages are welcome. For details about what you can expect the day of the build, please download our Volunteer Welcome Handbook (PDF).
Garden builders sign up to volunteer at locations in their communities at our Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting. If any volunteer spots remain after the meeting, we will open an online sign-up page.
On the day of your garden build, check your email for updates, as it is possible that we may need to reschedule because of weather, ground conditions, or other reasons. Please bring a smile, sun protection, appropriate shoes, and gardening gloves. We will provide all of the necessary tools and materials.
Garden Build Coordinators
Have you volunteered with us in the past and would like to take on a bigger role? As our organization grows, so does our need for folks who can lead garden builds. Garden Build Coordinators are on site at 3-4 garden builds to welcome volunteers, introduce clients, and guide the installation and planting of the garden. A training meeting is offered each May.
Each family who receives a garden from The GardenWorks Project 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. For details, download our Garden Coach Handbook (PDF).
Group Garden Builds
Group volunteering can be a great way to promote team building, however, our group building opportunities are extremely limited and first priority is given to our corporate sponsors. For information on how your company can plan a group garden build, please download our 2016 Corporate Sponsor Packet.
You don't have to go to a third world country to fight hunger and poverty. Hungry families live in our own neighborhoods, and there are easy ways you can help all year.
If you'd like to make a difference from within our organization, join our Board of Directors. Available Board positions include:
- Programs Director:Oversees our home gardening program to make the biggest impact for our clients.
- Education Director: Plans educational events for our clients, volunteers, and the community.
- 2016 Board Member Application
- Grant Researcher: Researches and compiles a list of grants that are available to fund our work.
- Committee members to help directors and coordinators
- Vegetable plant propagators: Share your extra seedlings
If any of these volunteer opportunities interest you, please contact us. Thank you for your passion and desire to help others!
All volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Information Form. Please print, complete, and bring to your volunteer event.