April 4, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

Spring has sprung, and what better way to get outside and into your community than volunteering! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of April.

We are actively seeking new volunteer partners --- are you or anyone you know involved with an organization that would be interested in hosting GTG participants to volunteer in exchange for free composting service? Let us know!

As always, to sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email, and we will help answer any questions you may have. Then simply send confirmation of your volunteer hours to volunteer@garbagetogarden.org to receive credit. Remember, events are first-come, first-serve. 

Happy Composting,

Help us spread the word!
We have the following opportunities to spread the word about our curbside composting service in exchange for free service: 
Door hanging: Hit the streets with your mask and your favorite podcast to help distribute ~50 GTG door hangers (# varies based on street assignment)
for 1 month of free service.
Write your local paper! Write a letter to the local paper (in Medford, Somerville, Arlington, or Belmont) encouraging residents of your community to compost.

Groundwork Somerville
Groundwork Somerville, a community-based non-profit, seeks to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders to grow a greener and more equitable Somerville. They are looking for volunteers who are interested in being part of their local food system by growing and donating fresh veggies. Click the links below to sign up!
2022 Volunteer opportunities: 
-Communitywide WorkdaysEarth Day (April 23rd, 12-2pm)
Spring Seedling Sale (May 7th, 10am-2pm)
-Produce delivery: drive produce from our urban farm site to various
donation sites in Somerville on a weekly basis
-South St. Farm Maintenance: help with basic farm tasks
(weeding, planting, watering, harvesting, etc.) 

Sign up here for their volunteer mailing list!
Mystic River Watershed Association
Park Serve Day Cleanup at Torbert MacDonald Park:
As part of the DCR Annual Park Serve Day, we will be hosting a cleanup along the Mystic at Torbert Macdonald Park in Medford. The cleanup will be on Saturday, April 23rd from 9am to 12pm. Register here.
Volunteer at the 26th Annual Herring Run and Paddle:
Help out at our 26th Annual Herring Run and Paddle race! Volunteers can assist with the registration table, help out on the course, be a part of the set-up or clean-up teams, and more. Interest form here.
Herring Monitoring:

We are still looking for 13 volunteers to help us monitor the 2022 river herring migration at Horn Pond this spring! Details and registration here.

Self-Guided Trash Cleanup:
Conduct a self-guided trash cleanup with MyRWA's help! For guidelines and suggested locations around the watershed, see the links under "River and Park Cleanups" here.
Food Link
Food Link is a food rescue organization in Arlington, MA and is looking for people who want to make a difference in the community by reducing food waste and helping to provide healthy food to people in need. Volunteers help with the collection and distribution of donated food. We work in groups to collect food from grocery stores, sort and pack it for delivery to social services agencies in the area. We also have shifts that involve picking up and delivering food to various locations and shifts at our building in Arlington.
Food Link operates seven days a week and there are several shifts available in the morning, afternoon, and evening depending on the day. Click here to learn more! 
Belmont Food Collaborative
The Belmont Food Collaborative runs a community garden plot in the Victory Gardens at Rock Meadow. They are looking for volunteers interested in creating a garden, learning about food from different cultures, and sharing that knowledge with the community. 
Volunteer work will include garden planning, planting, maintenance, and/or education. Hours are flexible.
Second Chances
Second Chances serves clients who are sheltered or homeless in the Somerville and Cambridge areas by providing free, empowering clothing. They thrive with the help of motivated, dependable volunteers and those committed to helping those in need.
There are many ongoing volunteer opportunities at Second Chances, which may include:
-Picking up clothes for donations
-Hosting a clothing drive 
-Various virtual opportunities
Somerville Winter Farmers Market
The Somerville Winter Farmers Market is wrapping up for the season! We are looking for five volunteers each week to help foster a welcoming market environment and ensure all the details run smoothly.

The market will take place:
Saturdays through April 16

Mystic Community Market (Mystic Valley YMCA)
The Mystic Community Market in Medford is looking for volunteers to help with pre-packing grocery bags, stocking shelves, unloading deliveries, and distributing food outdoors to Market (food pantry) participants. There is some lifting required for any volunteer position in this program - delivery support on Thursdays and Fridays would require more lifting than others. This is a great opportunity to help feed people in need in our community in a hands-on way in a fast-paced, positive environment. 

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Volunteer Food Rescuers help transport food from food donor partners to local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other human service agencies in our communities. Each rescue averages 40 pounds of food, provides 32 meals and takes 45 minutes of time! Food rescues may be completed by public transport, by personal vehicle, on foot and even by bicycle. Whether it’s once-a-month, once-a-week, or once-a day volunteers are needed to provide a reliable food rescue service by fostering community connections to reduce food waste and food insecurity! Click here to sign up.

Belmont PorchFest 
Plans for the Belmont PorchFest will begin in April for the event on September 10, 2022.  
We are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about Porchfest and have an interest in fundraising, marketing, communications, event coordination (part of a team that coordinates music, food vendors, and an art project at a local park), writing articles, editing, overseeing volunteers, brainstorming, and much more!  

Mass Audubon
At Mass Audubon, they believe that every person can make a positive impact on protecting the nature of Massachusetts. Projects are generally related to invasive plant removal, trail monitoring, wildlife monitoring, and seasonal property clean ups.
They currently host volunteers in Belmont on:
Wednesdays 2:30pm - 4pm
Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am

Belmont Farmers' Market
The Belmont Farmers' Market is open from June to October. They are looking for volunteers for two-hour shifts from 12-7pm every Thursday
Shifts involve setting up the market, talking to shoppers and answering questions, taking photos, and posting on social media. You can also volunteer behind the scenes and help out with tasks like writing vendor profiles for the weekly newsletters. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
Phone: (617)977-4547
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org

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