Become a Volunteer

Willing Hands Relies on the Goodwill of our Community

  • Our food donors are very generous.
  • Our recipients are very grateful.
  • Our part-time staff needs your help.

Please Join Us.

Email volunteer@willinghands.org if you’d like to join any of our volunteer activities. Click here to download our volunteer waiver form.

  • Join a work crew at the Willing Hands Organic Farm Garden in East Thetford

For nearly 10 years, volunteers have been growing organic vegetables at our one-acre garden for immediate distribution by the Willing Hands drivers. We meet weekly from May through September to do any and all tasks required. We plant, weed (and weed some more), fertilize, harvest, wash and box up thousands of pounds of vegetables. Last year, we grew a wide variety of produce – from the mundane (peas and carrots) to slightly more exotic (sweet potatoes and watermelon). We provide all the necessary tools but frequently volunteers bring their favorites with them, along with their own water.

Our work sessions on Tuesday mornings 9:00-11:00 am or Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00pm. We work (light) rain or shine, just not when it is pouring rain or thundering. Generally, we email if a work session is cancelled due to weather. Please come when you are available, even if it is only occasionally; there are no commitment requirements. Our policy is that you must be 14 years of age to volunteer. To learn more, contact garden@willinghands.org

The garden is on Pavillion Road in East Thetford, VT, approximately 1/2 mile south of the Cedar Circle Farm stand.

  • Join a work crew to glean/harvest surplus fruits and vegetables from the fields and orchards of local growers.

“Gleaning” is the time-honored tradition of sharing the extra food left in a field after the harvest. Willing Hands gleaners visit local farms and orchards to collect fresh vegetables, berries, apples and produce directly from the fields. Locations include Cedar Circle Farm, Crossroads Farm, Edgewater Farm, Hill Farm, Long Wind Farm, Killdeer Farm, Maplewood Orchard, Riverview Farm, Whitman Brook Orchard and many more. Join occasionally or on a regular schedule during the season. To learn more Visit the Gleaning Tab or contact gleaning@willinghands.org

  • Help with our Nutrition Education Program of taste-testings and cooking workshops

Willing Hands offers popular and fun cooking workshops demonstrating how to incorporate this fresh produce into daily meals for healthy eating. We also provide recipe suggestions with our produce deliveries. Our classes and recipes open the door to lifelong patterns of healthy eating habits. Help us spread the word.

  • Share your Time and Skills

 Not ready to go out in the fields? We have lots of opportunities to help with special pick-ups and deliveries, inventory and crate management, photography. Have a way with social media or web design? Is fundraising your thing? Let us know how you’d like to help and make a match! To learn more, contact volunteer@willinghands.org.

 

Click on the link below to download:

2018 Group Volunteer Waiver

 

 “You have certainly accomplished a great deal…
you and your volunteers are to be congratulated.”

D. Byrne – The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation