“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
– Elizabeth Andrew
Our volunteers are not “just” the Heart… they are the Soul and Muscle of the Inglewood Community Garden …
If you are “looking” for some reason to volunteer, please, click this link: Why Would I Volunteer?
However, if you already have an idea of why you want to volunteer, please read on.
… breathe fresh life into the Garden.
Anyone can volunteer in the Garden as long as they are gardening with, or are supervised by, a gardener or volunteer who has both attended and In-person Orientation and submitted an Inglewood Community Garden Liability Waiver.
As much as we love volunteer help on the “spontaneous” and “casual” basis of “just dropping by” … having New Volunteers attend an In-person Orientation and submit an ICG Liability Waiver assures everyone that they enjoy a working knowledge of the Garden, its facilities, infrastructure and practices.How do I Volunteer? →
How do I Volunteer?
The easiest way to volunteer is to drop by the Garden at either of the following times – during the gardening season:
• Tuesday Evening, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
• Saturday Morning,10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
These are our regularly scheduled “Work Parties.”
There really is no better way to get a sense of what we’re about than by seeing what we’re doing.
The second way is to drop us a line and let us know that you are interested…
• Please, click on this link if you are interested in volunteering: ICG Contact Form
In order to do any work by themselves in the Garden … ALL Volunteers must …
• Attend an In-person Orientation – see the tab section below for details
• Complete and submit the Inglewood Community Garden Personal Liability Waiver
Personal Liability Waiver
The Inglewood Community Garden Personal Liability Waiver
In order to reduce the potential insurance exposure of the Inglewood Community Garden and its board of directors, we require that everyone working in the garden by themselves or working unsupervised by a designated authority completes and signs the Inglewood Community Garden Personal Liability Waiver.
Our Liability Waiver cannot infringe upon your statutory rights but it is essential in the sense that it indicates the seriousness with which we treat the well-being of our gardeners and their guests.
In order to be able to give your informed consent we further require that everyone working or gardening in the ICG be adequately oriented to the ICG’s safety provisions, best garden practice and code of conduct by attending in In-person Orientation.
In-person Orientation for New Volunteers
Truth to tell …
In-person Orientations for New Volunteers are “a bit different” from other orientations in the garden… well, actually it is the “scheduling” of In-person Orientations for New Volunteers that is a bit different, simply because, as much as we can, we want to make it easy for you to share your time with us.
• In-person Orientations will be conducted at the Inglewood Community Garden in the Spring – New Volunteers, who have expressed interest in advance, via our Contact Form, will be contacted by email, we will also post the dates to our Events Calendar and in our Monday Update Newsletter.
• Orientation sessions are conducted in small groups. There will be more than one facilitator on hand and as soon as enough gardeners have assembled a session will begin.
• Each orientation session should be concluded in less than 30 minutes.
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New Volunteer, if you email us — and bring us up to speed, we will make some arrangement work for you.
Having gotten this far you should already know that ALL New Gardeners and New Volunteers must attend an “In-person Orientation” before they can work or garden by themselves in the ICG and furthermore that New Gardeners cannot plant their bed until they have attended an In-person Orientation …
So … what to do, in the event of missing the scheduled In-person Orientation sessions?
Theoretically anyone in the garden who has had an orientation session should be able to conduct one, in which case, you could arrange for any Returning Gardener or Returning Volunteer to conduct an In-person Orientation with you.
If you have had an In-person Orientation session aside from those scheduled you must advise us (by email) of who gave the orientation and when it was conducted. Thanks.
We have prepared an Orientation Guide — in outline form — of the orientation session itself — which new volunteers are encouraged to peruse in advance of their own In-person Orientation session, as well as a hard copy which “should” be found in the Tool Shed to be used as an aide in conducting impromptu orientations.
The Orientation Guide is available here: Inglewood Community Garden Orientation Guide
You inform us that you will miss or have missed the scheduled In-person Orientation sessions and we will try to arrange a volunteer to conduct a session during one of our regular Tuesday evening or Saturday morning Work Parties.
Why would I volunteer?
If you are wondering what benefits you might derive from volunteering in the Inglewood Community Garden – aside from the healthy nature of the activity of gardening itself, participation in an organized effort to support local service organizations and making the world a better place generally – well, there is the “Volunteer Harvest.”
Basically the “Volunteer Harvest” allows volunteers the right to take one pound (0.454 kg) of produce from the Communal Garden for every volunteer hour contributed to the garden ~ after an initial minimum contribution of 5 hours.
More prosaically, you can click on this link: What are the benefits of gardening
… Oh, My Gosh! … I almost forgot to mention the coffee and donuts on Saturday morning!?