Keeping wholesome food from going to waste and delivering it to our neighbors in need

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 our Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@willinghands.org if you’d like to:

  • 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 5:15-7:30pm. 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.

The garden is on Pavillion Road in East Thetford, VT, approximately 1/2 mile south of the Cedar Circle Farm stand. From Hanover and Norwich, travel north on Route 5
Directions to the Garden_  The Willing Hands Garden is located on Pavilion Road in East Thetford, just off Rte 5, and ? mile south of the Cedar Circle Farm Stand. Please park along the road and not at the farm stand or in any driveways.

 Directions to Cedar Circle – From I-91: Take Exit 14 for Thetford. Turn east on Highway 113 and go one mile to village of East Thetford and intersection of Route 5. Turn right (south) on Route 5. Just past the Mobil station, bear left at the Cedar Circle Farm sign onto Pavilion Road. Cross the railroad tracks, go approximately 1 mile, and the farm is on the left behind the Pick Your Own Blueberries Stand and blueberries bushes.

 From Norwich, VT/Hanover, NH: Go north on Route 5 approximately nine miles from Norwich. Watch for the large red barn on your right. Immediately after, look for a Vermont road sign for Cedar Circle Farm. Just past the sign, turn right across the railroad tracks onto Pavillion Road. Go less than a 1/4 of a mile and the garden is on your right behind the Pick Your Own Blueberries Stand and blueberries bushes.

  • 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, 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.
It would be helpful, if you are new to the program, to download the Volunteer Registration Form from this website and bring it with you to your first session.

Please email volunteer@willinghands.org to have your name added to the database so you can receive information on start dates and weather cancellations.

Click on the link below to download:

2017 Willing Hands Volunteer Waiver

 

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

D. Byrne – The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation


Thank You One And All!