Become a Volunteer

***Click here for new volunteer protocols for ALL VOLUNTEERS with respect to the Covid-19***

Volunteers are the Heart of Willing Hands

  • Gardening & Gleaning
  • Nutrition Education
  • Picking up and Delivering Food
  • Sharing Time and Energy!

Please Join Us!

Email if you’d like to get involved with any of our volunteer activities, and find more details about many of them below. ***Please review these important new volunteer protocols for ALL VOLUNTEERS with respect to the Covid-19 Pandemic***

Join a Gleaning crew to glean/harvest surplus fruits and vegetables from the fields and orchards of local growers.
Volunteer gleaners at Edgewater Farm

“Gleaning” is the time-honored tradition of sharing the extra food left in a field after the harvest. Willing Hands gleaners visit local partner farms and orchards to collect fresh vegetables, berries, apples and mixed produce directly from the fields. Locations include Cedar Circle Farm, Crossroad Farm, Edgewater Farm, Hill Farm, Long Wind Farm, Green Dragon Farm, Ward Berry 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 our Gleaning Page or contact

Garden with us!  Gardens grow food for neighbors in need in East Thetford & Norwich, VT and Lebanon, NH.
Volunteers planting seedlings at the Willing Hands Garden at Cedar Circle Farm

For over 10 years, volunteers have been growing organic vegetables at our main Willing Hands Garden, hosted by Cedar Circle Farm (CCF) in East Thetford, VT. We meet weekly throughout the growing season 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. In 2019, under the guidance of CCF farmer Shawn Grenier, we transitioned the garden to an organic no-till permanent bed system to build soil health and showcase regenerative agricultural practices. We are building community, growing healthy soils and incredibly healthy food – nearly 20 tons in 2019!  We grow a wide variety of produce – from the ordinary (peas and carrots) to slightly more exotic (ground cherries and watermelon). We provide all the necessary tools and training needed for all tasks.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water to drink, sturdy footwear and work gloves.

Our regular work sessions at CCF are on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoon and evenings from May through October. We often also have sessions on Saturdays from 9am-11pm. We work in (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. Volunteers can sign up for specific volunteer sessions when they are available, even if it is only occasionally; there are no commitment requirements, but we know you’ll have a great time with this group! To learn more, contact and register to volunteer on our Gleaning & Garden page.

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

NEW Gardens in 2019 include:

Volunteers in the garden at Willing Hands facility in Norwich VT

the Willing Hands “Home” Garden at 198 Church Street in Norwich, VTWork sessions are generally Tuesdays 4-6pm.*

the Willing Hands DHMC Farmacy Garden is an exciting partnership with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).  The garden is located on the DHMC campus in Lebanon NH, between Lot 20 and the DHMC Child Care Center (parking is at the Child Care Center accessed off the Loop Road). Work sessions are generally Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:00pm.* These new opportunities are supported by our many donors and funders including the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund.

*(these days & times at the WH Home Garden and Farmacy Garden may still be updated for the 2020 season, stay tuned!)

Please contact us for more information on ways to get in the gardens with us by calling (802) 698-0265 or emailing

Do you have a home garden?  Consider growing extra vegetables for Willing Hands!  More info on how you can “grow a row” for neighbors in need can be found here.

Help with our Nutrition Education Program of cooking workshops and popular taste-testings
Cooking workshop for food recipients

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! Email

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? Do you like visiting with people at farmers markets and other tabling events? Let us know how you’d like to help! To learn more, contact:

Be a Driver’s Assistant

Ride along in our delivery truck and help our friendly drivers distribute food to our recipient organizations! This is a great opportunity to see the real reach of our work.  Ideally, a volunteer could commit to a regular weekly shift – this would let you get to know our recipients and our food donors in a meaningful way!  Contact Jim at to learn more. 

Additionally, we can sometimes use extra volunteers to pick-up smaller quantities of produce from local farms using their own vehicles.  If you’re available to be on-call for such things, please let us know!


Groups: Do you have a team interested in volunteer opportunities?

We love groups!  Many area businesses and schools, including King Arthur Flour, Celdara Medical, Dartmouth College, Ledyard Charter School and many more have joined us in the garden and at our partner farms for growing and gleaning experiences.  Many willing hands can do great things together!  Email Sara at for more information.

Click on the link below to download the group waiver form:

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

 “We are so excited to be partnering with you on this volunteer-powered food access program.”
Michael Devlin – Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation