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 I volunteer for GardenShare because I believe that good foodand access to it...is at the core of so much that is important in the lives of individuals, communities and ecosystems.  GardenShare is important to me because we endeavor to build community, promote small and sustainable efforts, and also because I love to eat good food and want to share that joy with others.  - Margaret Harloe 

CONTACT US:

315-261-8054 | office@gardenshare.org

Click here to download the Volunteer Application

 

Would you like to give some time to support GardenShare's mission of solving hunger? Here are some ways you can get involved!

FARMERS MARKETS: Massena, Canton, Potsdam, Gouverneur, Hammond

GardenShare is looking for volunteers for the 2019 Market Season in all of our locations! If you are interested, please contact us and let us know where you'd like to volunteer! We will provide Orientation and Training and the Market Managers will provide ongoing support throughout the season!

  • Farmers Market Manager Assistant - As a Farmers Market Manager Assistant, you will be available to customers to answer questions, provide information about the Market and GardenShare. You will also process electronic transactions (SNAP/EBT, Debit, and Credit Cards).
  • Farmers Market Champion - As a Farmers Market Champion, you will help spread the word about Market events and activities!
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ("SNAP") Outreach Educator- GardenShare is looking for people to promote awareness of the use of SNAP benefits at St. Lawrence County Farmers Markets. As a SNAP Outreach Educator, you will share materials and resources to engage and educate people while helping them feel comfortable in the Farmers Market environment.

COMMUNITY MEAL PROGRAMS:

  • Free Will Dinner - The United Methodist Church in Canton relies on volunteers to provide a fellowship opportunity for community members while they share a free, hot meal. The meal takes place on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6 pm at the United Methodist Church at 41 Court Street in Canton. Parking is behind the Church and can be accessed via Chapel St. Please come through the entrance in the back. Activities include serving hot and cold beverages, clearing tables, and enjoying a meal with the community.
  • Campus Kitchens Project - St. Lawrence University participates in this national program to provide a vitally important service that the community depends on for shared meals and fellowship. The meal takes place on Monday evenings from 4-6 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 3 1/2 East Main Street in Canton. Parking is behind the Church. (Click here for additional parking information). Through the "CKP", food that would otherwise be wasted from campus dining halls and local farms is turned into delicious, nutritionally balanced, three-course meals. Activities include food prep, food service, and clean-up. Food prep takes place on the SLU campus at Eben Holden. Learn More.

 COMMITTEES:

  • Outreach and Education (O&E) Committee - The GardenShare Outreach & Education Committee works to educate the community about issues surrounding hunger and local food/agriculture. Activities include attending events such as festivals, fairs, and other public events, as well as those organized by GardenShare. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, tabling at local venues, event planning, and spreading the word about GardenShare's efforts. The O&E Committee meets on the first Tuesday evening of the month.
  • Development Committee - The Development Committee oversees and assists with GardenShare's fundraising efforts. Efforts include events, donors, direct mail, and grants.
  • Silent Auction Committee - The Silent Auction Committee is actually a subcommittee of the Development Committee. The Silent Auction is part of the Annual Fundraising Dinner. This event takes place in June at Jake's on the Water in Hannawa Falls. As a committee member, you will take care of the auction at the event. Activities include soliciting auction donations and setting the auction up on the day of. Planning begins in January, with monthly meetings until May. Immediately leading up to the event, two pre-event meetings may be needed to finalize details. Committee members are expected to purchase their own tickets and attend the event, along with attending a wrap-up meeting after the event has taken place.

 OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:

  • Local Food Guide - GardenShare produces an annual Local Food Guide to help the community find local farmers, farmstands, farmers markets, U-Picks, and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. As a volunteer, you will assist with verifying the content to be included in the Guide.
  • Mailing Team - As a Mailing Team member, you are on call to join us as we fold, stuff, and label bulk mailings. This is more fun than it sounds, as you get to socialize around the table with a great group of people! These "Mailing Parties" happen several times a year and GardenShare will reach out to invite you in advance!
  • Office Help - No regular schedule, but be on call for help with projects as needed.
  • Internships - Lots of chances for college students to develop a meaningful internship with GardenShare. Get in touch!

 

Read about some of our past volunteers here!

Want to volunteer?  Fill out this application and send it it us!

Check out a short video here with some ideas about how you can use your skills to help solve hunger.