Go to www.volunteermatch.org <http://www.volunteermatch.org/>
and see what is involved in registering your community garden with this
group. It seems to be working well for us for the short time we have been
using it. Has anybody else had experience with this group? How has it
We have used VolunterMatch.org for about 5 years now and I personally
*ADORE* it. I started the Perennial Garden Volunteers when a SSE colleague
told me that he had a stressed professional weeding his garden for stress
relief -- I didn't have anyone in mind, I just tossed the "volunteer
opportunity" on VolunteerMatch.org and now we have long-term, adult
volunteers coming on Tuesday nights from 5:30 pm to dusk to "do what needs
done" for the entire garden.
We've also received groups for our Spring and Fall Work Days by listing
them on VolunteerMatch.org and quite a number of youth looking for
community service opportunities -- they are used to searching the Web, they
need volunteer time, so they find us much easier online.
You'll get MANY more inquiries than actual volunteers, so have a standard
e-mail response ready that invites them to visit the garden, an address to
put into VolunteerMatch.org, a bit about the opportunity you posted and an
invitation to e-mail you for more info. I get lots of nibbles in the
winter when we're not actually in season and most of those people don't
actually ever show up, but it's decent PR and at least it educates people
about what community gardens are all about.
Are there other orgs. that are similar I have missed?
Regional United Ways have websites for volunteering - it's worth being
listed, but I haven't found them as useful overall as
VolunteerMatch.org. It does help smooth things when you actually need
something from United Way to be listed there, though!
If anyone else has any other sites/organizations, do let us all know! Now
that the freeze is here, I have time to let everyone know about us! ;-D
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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