Volunteer

Interested in volunteering? Here are some of the ways you can pitch in.
Please email Janet at janet@growingplaces.org or 978.598.3723, x802 if you’re interested in any of the volunteer opportunities listed below or fill out the Volunteer Application or the Mentor Application.

Also, please check out our Events Calendar for more volunteer opportunities.

Garden Mentors
Garden Mentors serve every gardener – from the experienced do-it-yourselfer to the self-proclaimed black thumbs. Mentors ensure that our gardens succeed given the skills, needs, and interests of the individual and family gardeners. Minimum commitment of 1 year is required and Mentors can expect to spend between 4-8 hrs/family/year with most of the time served between May through October.

Team Leaders
Team Leaders ensure that all phases of installing a garden are completed for a site. He or she serves as the go-to person for a scheduled implementation and handles all the details associated with getting the gardener what they need on a particular day. Team Leaders with pick-up trucks are needed, but not required. Time Commitment: 3 hours per garden installation.

Fall Garden Installation Crew: Each garden requires a crew to install the frames, fill them with soil, and prep them for the gardener’s use. Each build is approximately three hours and for three raised beds, it takes about four to five (4-5) volunteers. This is a great service experience for corporations, schools, scouts, church groups or families and friends just looking to have a good time working in the outdoors.

Raised Bed Frame Building: Each fall and winter we assemble volunteer groups to build 4′ x 8′ raised bed frames in our warehouse in Clinton.  Each effort takes about 2-3 hours with 7-15 volunteers. During this time we build about 20 frames. Volunteers work with a GP instructor who provides a hands-on tutorial at the beginning of the building session, walking everyone through the “how-to” of frame construction.

Spring Garden Installation Crew: Each garden requires a crew to install the raised bed frames, fill them with soil and amendments, build a fence around the perimeter, and prep them for the gardener’s use. Each build is approximately two – three hours and for three raised beds, it takes about four to five (4-5) volunteers. Garden Installations are from mid-April through May and are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9am or 1pm. This is a great service experience for schools, scouts, or families and friends just looking to have a good time working in the outdoors.

Drivers
Drivers ensure that the gardeners have all the tools they need for their gardens. There are two times Growing Places needs the assistance of drivers:
April: delivering wooden raised bed frames. For with a spare hour or two are welcome to contact Growing Places to coordinate a time to deliver frames. Use of your own pick-up truck is appreciated.
May and June: Seeding delivery. Once mid-May and the first week of June, we distribute seedlings to our 2nd year gardeners. You can delivery as many or as few as you wish at a time convenient to you!
Time Commitment: based on your availability.

Newsletter Contributor: Do you like to write? Do you love gardening? If so, we need your help in developing our Growing Times newsletter which is distributed to our gardeners, volunteers and donors. We have three newsletters left to write this season and would welcome ideas about fall harvesting and storing, recipes, and cleaning up your bed.

 

Office Support: The office on 365 Lindell Ave, Leominster Ma is bustling with a full staff of four people! But we could always use more help with basic administrative jobs. Every other Friday we send out our newsletter and could use some help folding and labeling.

Board Members
Growing Places is looking for talented and enthusiastic people to join our Board of Trustees. In addition to traditional board skills such as finance, fund-raising, legal, communications and media, Growing Places is looking for people with a social enterprise or agricultural background, or people with connections to our client population and/or organizations that serve them.