You can help out too! Volunteers are always needed and GREATLY appreciated.
Volunteering: We believe it is important to encourage community involvement in the food system. Because of this, and the fact that we simply couldn’t operate without your involvement, each share - whether it's a small or large share - MUST volunteer for 3 'shifts' at the site over the course of the season. As many of you know, having members who assist with distribution really makes our site run smoothly and efficiently creating a wonderful CSA experience for everyone!
This year there are 3 shift options, 2:30-4:15 PM, 4:15-6:00 PM, or 6:00-7:30 PM. If you are unable to volunteer during any of those times please contact Bernie ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about committees you can be a part of or other ways you can contribute to our growing community from home!
Members who are pregnant or have given birth or have a new born can are unable to send a babysitter/spouse or share partner, can request an exemption by contacting email@example.com. Please know that volunteering off site from home is also available and encouraged! Opportunities for off-site help are e-mailed to all members periodically throughout the season but it’s best to notify firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as positions are filled on a first come first served basis.
All shift volunteers will assist the site coordinators to help make sure the distributions run smoothly each week. We have several volunteers per shift, in addition to our 4 coordinators, so volunteering is fun, easy and as stress-free as can be!
The Early shift (from 2:30 - 4:15PM) This shift is all about setting up the site and may involve some heavy lifting to move boxes of produce around. Other duties include, counting and sorting items, setting up scales for weighing, writing out the distribution signs, etc.
The Middle shift: (4:15 - 6:00 PM) THIS SHIFT INVOLVES LITTLE TO NO LIFTING SO IF YOU HAVE ANY TYPE OF PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OR WANT TO BRING YOUR CHILD, THIS IS LIKELY THE BEST SHIFT FOR YOU!
Middle (and Late) shifts duties may include: ** Help weigh out produce for members to collect. ** Check in members collecting fruit. ** Disassemble boxes and tie them up. ** Making sure the distribution bins are always fully stocked with produce.
The Late shift (from 6:00-7:30 PM) involves all the non-setup jobs listed above (**) as well as jobs related to closing down the site after the distribution ends at 7. Closing duties include:
Bringing any unclaimed items in storage bins to the food pantry in the church (these are given to New Yorkers seeking help in getting food for their families as well as by cooks who provide meals for those in need through the Westside Campaign Against Hunger).
Cleaning and putting away signs, scales, etc.
Putting the tables, benches and any other items that were moved during distribution.
Sweep the grounds clean, making sure the site and check in area are as clean as possible and ready for future users of the space.
Thank you all so much!
Please visit the Sign-Up page to select your Volunteer dates.