Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the Heart of Willing Hands

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

Please Join Us!

Email volunteer@willinghands.org if you’d like to get involved with any of our volunteer activities, and find more details about many of them below:

 

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 gleaning@willinghands.org

Work at the Willing Hands Organic Garden in East Thetford, VT
Planting cabbage in the Willing Hands garden

For over 10 years, volunteers have been growing organic vegetables at our garden plot, hosted by Cedar Circle Farm. 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 2018, we more than doubled the acreage (now over 2 acres!) and production (over 20 tons!) and we grew 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 but frequently volunteers bring their own favorite work gloves, along with their own water.

Our regular work sessions are on Tuesday mornings 9:00-11:00 am or Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00pm from May through October. 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. Volunteers come 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 garden@willinghands.org 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.

 

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  volunteer@willinghands.org

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: volunteer@willinghands.org.

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 jim@willinghands.org 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 volunteer@willinghands.org 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