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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.