Our volunteer program is flexible to allow for varied interests (farming, retail, special events, technology, etc.) and schedules (daily, weekly, or just here and there).
Our retail store in downtown Santa Cruz raises awareness of our work and funds for our job training and transitional employment program. Hours vary seasonally. Retail volunteers are key to our success. Volunteering in the store is a great way to practice retail skills, meet new people, and promote the Homeless Garden Project's mission.
Nov 16 - Dec 24 is our highest need for volunteers for the holiday store. The following shifts will be availabe every day (Mon - Sun): 11-2pm, 2-5pm, 5-8pm.
All volunteers must attend the holiday store orientation. The next orientation is on Thursday, 11/17, 7:00pm at our Downtown Store, 1120 Pacific Ave. Once you attend an orientation, you will be added to the wheniwork online scheduler account, where you will be able to select shifts based on your availability.
Natural Bridges Farm
On the farm you will meet the crew, learn more about the farm, and join that day's activities which may include: weeding, harvest, planting, building compost and more. Projects are weather dependent and defined by the day's priorities. We often can't tell you exactly what project you'll be working on in advance.
Our drop-in volunteer hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10am - 2pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 4pm through the end of November.
Each week Tuesday through Friday we cook and serve a delicious, organic meal in our rustic farm kitchen at Natural Bridges Farm. We often need volunteers to harvest, wash, prep, and cook.
There are no available volunteer opportunities in the kitchen at this time.
All of our events need volunteer help in planning, set-up, participation, and breakdown! We hold a variety of events ranging from farm-to-table dinners to gardening workshops and First Friday celebrations in the store.
Opportunities in the Office and Beyond...
Assist with data entry, network administration, website design and hardware troubleshooting.
Join our Fundraising & Events Planning Committee.
Represent the Homeless Garden Project by tabling at events!
Be our office handyman (paint walls, fix leaks and build shelves, as needed).
Questions? Please contact Keren, our Volunteer Coordinator at