Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12 days - 12 ways GardenShare is making a difference - day 7

One more look back at 2016, day 7 of our 12 days...

Collaboration has always been at the heart of GardenShare's work, and this year, we have built on that history with a new project designed to bring more volunteers into the work to fight hunger in the area.  Partnering with Campus Kitchens, the Canton Farmers Market, the Church and Community Program, the Free Will Dinner at the United Methodist Church and the Potsdam Farmers Market, GardenShare secured a Volunteer Generation Grant from the State of New York.

Through this collaboration and with the support of the grant, we hope to strengthen all of these groups volunteer efforts, to bring in new volunteers, and help manage, train, and retain volunteers.  

An early effort is to help fill the volunteer needs while college students are on break.  These programs rely so heavily on students that it's a challenge when the students are not in town.  You can help right now!

Campus Kitchens - meal is served on Monday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of shifts 1:00 to 8:00 on December 19 and 26 and January 2 and 9.   If you can help, a sign-up sheet can be found here.  Questions can be directed to Ashlee Downing at 315-229-5135.

Free Will Dinner - meal is served on Wednesday evenings at the United Methodist Church in Canton and volunteers are needed from 4:00 to 6:00 to serve drinks, bus tables, and interact with guests.  Maximum number for any one day is six volunteers.  Volunteers are needed December 7, 14 and 21 and also January 4, 11, 18, and 25.  If you can help any of these days, please go here to sign up.  

Read our earlier posts:

Day 6 - the people of GardenShare

Day 5 - Summer intern and "Farmer Friday"

Day 4 - New York State Council on Hunger and Food Policy

Day 3 - Local Food Guide

Day 2 - Making CSA's affordable

Day 1 - Growing Community Award