Volunteer Opportunities

The GardenWorks Project is a grassroots, volunteer-driven non-profit. If you believe in our mission, there are many ways that you can help us grow.

  • Grant Writer

    • It's Flexible! (~4 hrs monthly)
    • Virtual
    • 5 people are helping

    Research and apply to the many grant opportunities available for fighting hunger. The GardenWorks Project has been fortunate to receive grants in the past and we need your help to continue our success. Past applications and known opportunities will help you get started.


    • Coordinate with the Executive Director and Development Director
    • Identify and grant opportunities and their deadlines 
    • Compile all necessary materials to submit grant

    Skills Desired:

    • Organized and able to meet deadlines
    • Excellent written and verbal communication

    Support Offered:

    • Mentoring from our Executive Director
    • Access to multiple Board Members with grant writing experience 
    • Access to past grant applications


    • Approximately 2-6 hours per month
    • Highly dependent on grant application deadlines
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  • Board - Director of Development

    • Meet Regularly (~4 hrs+ monthly)
    • DuPage County
    • 2 people are helping

    Join our Board as Director of Development and help lead us in a variety of fundraising activities.


    • Create a development plan for bringing in funding for the organization.
    • Work with staff to execute development plan.
    • Identify new individual donors, corporate sponsors, and grant opportunities.
    • Report development activities to the Board.
    • Attend one Board meeting and one conference call per month.
    • Participate in spring garden builds.
    • Support the organization at various events throughout the year.

    Skills Desired:

    • Organized and able to meet deadlines
    • Excellent written and verbal communication
    • Experience planning and executing fundraising activities


    • Approximately 8-12 hours per month
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  • Internship

    The Suburban Agriculture Resource Center Internship is a part-time unpaid position for 75 hours (1 credit).  Responsibilities include assisting gardeners and presenting educational information at the Resource Center,  planning and implementing the new Demonstration Gardens in West Chicago, and building gardens for homes in DuPage County.

    The GardenWorks Project Suburban Agriculture Resource Center was started in early 2016 to create a reliable way for gardeners in DuPage County to access the tools, materials, and knowledge they need to grow productive gardens. The project has enabled The GardenWorks Project to share our resources directly with the community, and for residents to meet each other and build a stronger movement of growers in the region for the benefit of all residents, including those who rely on food pantries.

    The Resource Center will be open to the public two days a week from mid-April to mid-October. For a small, sliding scale fee, individuals and groups can join the project and get access for one year.


    • Serve gardeners seeking supplies and advice while staffing open shifts in our Resource Center in West Chicago

    • Share topical gardening information based on a weekly theme with Resource Center attendees

    • Work alongside other volunteers building gardens for food-insecure families in DuPage County

    • Develop a plan for 12 raised-bed gardens in our Demonstration Gardens in West Chicago which demonstrate traditional and innovative gardening methods, implement plan, and evaluate outputs

    Skills Desired:

    • English/Spanish bilingual preferred but not required

    • Ability to engage with individuals of many demographics and histories i.e. youth, elders, immigrants, people without technology access

    • Experience in gardening

    • Ability adapt to changing conditions (weather, volunteer cancellations)

    • Ability to work outdoors in all weather (heat, humidity, rain and cold) and do gardening labor

    • Willingness to work independently and also cooperate as part of a team

    • Positive attitude; engaging personality

    • A commitment to food justice and The GardenWorks Project’s values

    Support Offered:

    • Position reports to the Executive Director


    • Part time, 75 hours (1 credit) starting April 1, 2017


    • This is an unpaid, temporary position. The position does not come with benefits. 

    Equal Opportunity Employer:

    The GardenWorks Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or belief.

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