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Giving Gardens (HPPP)

Who We Are

Volunteer For Giving Gardens!


Want to get involved with Hunger & Poverty issues in your community?

Want to boost your resume?

Do you have some extra time on your hands?




Giving Gardens is looking for volunteers for its variety of teams. Check out the descriptions and information below to see which team(s) you are interested in joining!



Grow Team

Description: Our “Grow” Team handles the hands-on garden work including, but not limited to beginning & caring for plant starts, planting, harvesting, weeding, watering, and basically maintaining the Giving Gardens beds in Portage County.

Hours: Somewhat flexible, but may require more/non-traditional hours during the planting and harvest seasons

Qualifications/Skills Required:  Members of the “Grow” Team will be expected to be able to participate in moderate physical activity including walking, standing, digging, stooping, bending, sitting, and/or reaching, lifting, pushing and/or pulling of moderate weights up to 75 lbs.



Transportation Team

Description: Our “Transportation” Team is responsible for picking up harvested produce and transporting it to donation sites around the community, where they then weigh & record the pounds of produce donated.

Hours: Very flexible, but the gardens may require more frequent/non-traditional hours during times of harvest.

Qualifications/Skills Required: Our gardens & donations sites are spread out around the county so having a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to pick produce up from gardens and transport to, sometimes multiple, donation sites are a must.



Behind-the-Scenes Team:

Description: Our “Behind-the-Scenes” Team helps with various administrative tasks such as compiling recipes and information about how to use the various types of produce, taking pictures and capturing video of the gardens and posting them via various social media avenues (facebook, twitter) for promotional purposes, etc.

Hours: Year-round but very flexible

Qualifications/Skills Required: Individuals with an interest in nutritious recipes as well as familiarity with computers and social media are best suited for this Giving Gardens Team.



Fundraising Team

Description: Members of our “Fundraising” Team will work closely with Giving Gardens staff to find sources of funding and secure grants/donations/new sites for Giving Gardens.

Hours: Very flexible

Qualifications/Skills Required: Effective oral and written communication, education or experience that lends to grant writing/donation solicitation and professionalism are all important for members of the “Fundraising” Team.



Build Team

Description: Our “Build” team helps build new beds, put up fencing, and with other tool-related garden tasks that arise.

Hours: Varied. Team members may only be called upon once or twice a year, depending on the needs that arise.

Qualifications/Skills Required: Ability to wield tools and/or experience with building materials. It is a plus if you have tools or know where you could borrow tools.

What We Do

Mission: The Giving Gardens program aims to promote and support efforts to maintain gardens in Portage County. The produce harvested from these gardens is donated to local food distribution centers in order to increase food
security and provide healthy meal options for economically disadvantaged citizens.