Team Lead at Prospect Hill Orchard

ApplesWe will be hosting a training at our orchard in Harvard (115 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard) on August 29th from 9:00 AM to Noon.  We are looking to engage volunteers to assist us in leading the volunteer groups that will be visiting the farm from September 1st to October 15th.  Team Leading is an extremely rewarding hands-on experience that involves guiding diverse groups of volunteers in completing various farm activities.  Volunteer Team Leaders are the backbone of Community Harvest Project’s success story.  Our Team Leaders work with CHP Field Staff and Interns to represent the organization and ensure a positive experience for the over 10,000 volunteers that work with us annually. At the Harvard orchard we need Team Leaders to help coordinate and direct the work of small groups of volunteers in picking, sorting and packaging apples for donation to hunger relief organizations throughout Central and Eastern Massachusetts.

Apple harvest will take place from September 1st through October 15th from 9:00 AM to Noon several days a week, just six short weeks of commitment for a great cause. Join in and help out one day a week or as many as you are able to and we can assure you that you will get more from the experience than you will give. This is a great volunteer opportunity for retirees, at home parents or anyone looking to fill a morning with volunteering to help our community. Anyone interested in joining in we would ask that you visit our North Grafton Farm one time in August to see Team Leaders in action and come to the training in Harvard on August 29th from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Anyone that is interested in helping out can also reach out to us via volunteer@community-harvest.org or call (774)551-6544 for more information

orchardVolunteer Team Leaders are the key to our successful volunteer farming program. Their dedicated time and expertise allow CHP to host the volunteers necessary to farm fresh fruits and vegetables for donation. While staff work diligently to support operations and groups, Team Leaders spend the most face time with a volunteer groups and provide the experience that motivates a volunteer to return as a drop in, bring another group, participate in one of our events, or donate to support our mission. We could not do this work without them.

Here are some quotes from our existing Team Leaders on why they lead;

  • There are three parts to my answer: being a member of an extraordinary team!!, contributing to CHP’s goal of growing/harvesting fruits and vegetables for the hungry, and simply working outdoors with individuals of all ages!!
  • Interaction with the volunteers, understanding why they volunteer. Each has a story to tell.
  • The ability to give to the community in a meaningful way. Specifically in that the efforts of the CHP promotes good healthy options for a population with limited access to healthy foods given their circumstance and the current food supply system in the US. Additionally, meeting all the people encountered during the volunteer experience such as CHP staff, other Team Leaders and volunteer groups is a constant draw to participation. They are all fabulous, interesting and constantly restores one’s faith in the goodness of humanity. Working in the outdoors is the icing on the cake.
  • It is hard to pick just one favorite part of team leading! But if I had to, it is definitely the people at CHP, volunteers and staff. It is an uplifting and inspirational place and I just love spending time working alongside others who care about others in our community.
  • Getting to meet so many interesting, kind people!
  • Getting exposed to diversity with leading different groups and experiencing the passion/excitement that emerges for the cause!

Read the rest of the August Sprout!

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