Groundwork Somerville runs the majority of its programming with lots of volunteer support! From internships to community service requirements, to parents involved in our youth programming, we would not be able to do the work that we do without your help! We are glad to work with high school students, college students, parents, residents, retired folks, and anyone else who’s passionate about education and gardening.
If you are interested in volunteering or interning with us for a program or event please fill out a volunteer form here: Volunteer Form
If you feel you have a talent to offer that is not reflected below, please let us know that too!
Fall 2015-Winter 2016 Volunteer Opportunities:
School Gardens Afterschool Education
Assist Groundwork Educators in afterschool, gardens-based education in public and/or charter schools in Somerville and Malden, MA. Volunteer will join a team to plan, run, and evaluate the success of these programs, fostering a stronger connection between Somerville youth and their natural environments and engaging them in the process of growing and harvesting local produce. Volunteers should have a strong interest in working with students age 5-12, teaching about nature and gardening, and getting their hands dirty. Some basic knowledge of gardening, environmental education and/or biology; some past experience teaching in a classroom or non-traditional setting; experience working with elementary-aged youth is preferred, but not required. All volunteers working with students are required to get CORI checked and fingerprinted, per Massachusetts Law.
Time Commitment: 10-11 Weeks, starting September 22, Mondays, 4-5:30 or Tuesdays, 4-5:30 in Somerville. Other opportunities may arise. Program will continue in January-May 2015. 1-2 volunteers per school.
School Gardens Open Hours
Volunteers are needed to help staff weekly “open garden” hours at all Somerville elementary school gardens for students and teachers to use and learn from the space in formal or informal ways (times TBD by Volunteer in collaboration with Groundwork and school community reps). Volunteer will interact with students and teachers during open hours and facilitate informal learning experiences (a la a park ranger or museum guide), as well as help with basic weeding, watering and maintenance. Volunteers should have a strong interest in working with students age 5-12, teaching about nature and gardening, and getting their hands dirty. Some basic knowledge of gardening, environmental education and/or biology; some past experience teaching in a classroom or non-traditional setting; experience working with elementary-aged youth is preferred, but not required. All volunteers working with students are required to get CORI checked and fingerprinted, per Massachusetts Law.
Time Commitment: at least 1 hour weekly (consistent) September-November between 9am-2pm. Program will continue April-June 2015. 1-2 volunteers per school.
Mobile Farmers Market
Volunteers help staff the weekly Mobile Farmers Market, selling produce, interacting with customers, posting flyers, knocking on doors to bring more people out to the market. The Mobile Farmers Market offers the most affordable fresh produce in the state, targeting public and senior housing in Somerville.
Time Commitment: Fridays 11-12:30pm, 2-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm and/or Saturdays 11-3pm until October 31, 2015.
Maple Syrup Project
From January – March 2015, Groundwork recruits educators and sap collectors to support our Maple Syrup Project.
- Sap collectors collect sap from our tapped trees throughout Somerville, delivering them to storage until it is boiled at our event in early March. Commitment is at least once weekly (more often is welcome) from late January to early March.
- Educators visit second grade classrooms four times from late January to Early March to implement curriculum based around the science, math, and history associated with Maple Syruping in New England. The program culminates in a Friday, all day field trip in early March to the Boil Down event. Commitment is 1.5 hours weekly for four weeks, plus 8 hours+ the day of the Boil Down.
Graphic Design and Independent Projects
Groundwork seeks volunteers with some background in graphic design and access to software to create posters, t-shirts, postcards, signs and other marketing materials for our organization. Projects are developed on a case by case basis, but include new public information signs for the South Street Farm, events posters and postcards for our annual gala and Maple Syrup Boil Down. We also accept proposals for other projects that make best use of a volunteer’s talents and abilities.
Time Commitment: 15 hours total, no set schedule.
Quotes from former volunteers:
“It’s been a really great experience volunteering with Groundwork Somerville and at the Brown School. Thanks for organizing such great activities for the kids!” –Nick, former after-school club leader
” I was happy to volunteer. I had a great time in Mrs. Taylor’s class. Hope to be able to do it again next year.” –Maureen, Maple Syrup Project volunteer