WE NEED YOU! August Volunteer Needs with BOUNTY & SOUL
Good Rainy Afternoon Bounty & Soulers!
Hope you are doing well. It’s been quite a journey these past few weeks in our world. Record amounts of produce are pouring in from our incredible garden partners and lots of awesome gleaning opportunities with local farms through our partnership with Society of St. Andrew.
As many of you learned, we recently bid farewell to three amazing Bounty & Soul team members. Our driver and volunteer coordinator Adam, volunteer lead (and often referred to as my stunt double) Kyla and our all-star intern Nate.
These three not only gave us their time and talents, they poured A LOT of love into the community, finding connecting threads with people of all walks of life. We are excited for their new ventures and know they won’t be strangers to the markets. With change comes opportunity and we are excited to welcome two new drivers/volunteer leads, Earl Wheless and Adam Kelly. You will find these two interwoven in our produce sourcing, sorting sessions and market operations–please welcome them and take time to introduce yourselves! They are great additions to the team.
That being said, August will be a busy month for us and we are in need of market support and outreach volunteers for some exciting opportunities before our college students settle back in on campus and get re-engaged. If it’s been a little while since you’ve lent a hand, please schedule a shift!
Potato Gleaning in Mills River Thursday, 8/9
We’ve had a few wonderful opportunities to glean produce at local farms with lots more on the way thanks to our partners at Society of St. Andrew! Gleaning projects often pop up at the last minute, when a farmer is looking to clear a field and doesn’t want food to go to waste. SOSA leverages volunteers throughout their network to harvest what is left and ensure it ends up in the hands of our community. We are gearing up for SOSA’s annual potato gleaning next Thursday, 8/9 in Mills River from 8am til. Last year they harvested 45,000 pounds of potatoes so it’s ALL HANDS ON DECK! Let me know if you are interested and I can pass along details.
**If you would like to be added to our Gleaning and Gardening-specific email list please let me know!
We are looking forward to the 17th annual Organicfest, a celebration of all things organic taking place in Pack Square on Sunday, August 26. Shifts are available throughout the day between 10am and 6pm and will involve sharing our mission of healthy food access and health and wellness education with folks from all over WNC. Talking points provided!
Kid’s Activities for Thursday and Friday Markets
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about child nutrition to assist with interactive kids activities on Thursday and Friday afternoons 4-5pm before our markets at Owen Middle School and Black Mountain Elementary. If you’d like to join us at an upcoming market to shadow current volunteers and interns assisting with this project let me know!
Marketing/Fundraising/Graphic Design/Writing Needs
Bounty & Soul is always working hard to fine-tune and make improvements through our online presence and in the community. We are putting our feelers out for volunteers who are skilled in writing, fundraising, marketing and graphic design work as we continue our story-driven messaging. Please reach out or pass along to folks who might enjoy being involved in this kind of work. We are in the process of revamping our website and are looking to update verbiage, graphics, photos and more to better share our story and community impact.
Healthy Cooking Demos
Do you love cooking? Would you like to share your skills with families and individuals? We are seeking passionate volunteers to head up healthy, interactive cooking demonstrations at several of our weekly markets. Produce, kitchen equipment and sampling materials are provided and a small amount of prep and cleanup are involved. Here are a few places that can use extra hands–
- Mondays at Blue Ridge Apartments 3:30-4:45pm
- Tuesdays at Children & Friends Enrichment Center 2:30-5pm, with flexibility
- Thursdays afternoons at Owen Middle School 4:45-5:45pm
- Fridays afternoons at Black Mountain Elementary from 4:45-5:45pm
Wednesday Produce Assistance
We are seeking a volunteer or two to assist Wednesday afternoons 3:30-4:30pm at the Bounty & Soul office helping to unload, weigh and store items in fridges. Could be a great after-school opportunity for students seeking service hours!
Community Garden Needs
Many of our garden partners are working overtime to harvest and maintain crops during this most-busy time of the season! Contact Karla at email@example.com to get contact information and a list of available shifts for our Gardens That Give partners. Please consider lending a hand and helping these sites get #producetothepeople!
**If you are not yet receiving emails about opportunities with our garden partners and would like to be added to our Garden and Gleaning-specific email list please let me know!
Child Care During ESL Classes
We are seeking a volunteer (or a few volunteers to set up a rotation) to provide consistent child care Friday evenings 6-8pm at the Bounty & Soul office during the weekly ESL class. Only a few kids, all of whom are all bilingual and a lot of fun!
We are seeking volunteers to assist with translating Bounty & Soul recipes into Spanish for seasonal produce throughout the spring and summer. Can be done off-site at your convenience and most recipes are 10 ingredients or less!
Bounty & Soul is seeking enthusiastic, compassionate go-getters for the FALL SEMESTER to support the expansion of our Health and Wellness and Latinx Engagement programs as well as growing our Social Media and Website presence and finding innovative ways to expand on our Marketing and Communications goals. Internships provide students with a unique, firsthand experience where you can develop job skills, and delve deeper into your field of study and make a direct impact in the community. Those interested are encouraged to contact Karla at 828-419-0533 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Hunger Action Month
Do you know a local business who might be interested in fundraising for Bounty & Soul this September? Hunger Action Month is a month-long awareness campaign started by Feeding America that seeks to educate and inspire the community to take action in local food justice issues. Anything from rounding up to the nearest dollar and donating funds, selecting at featured menu item with a % of proceeds or using B&S pledge cards to raise funds can all make a difference. Contact email@example.com if you have ideas of businesses we should reach out to.
You can also start your own fundraising campaign for Bounty & Soul using Facebook Fundraisers. Donate your birthday to Bounty & Soul in lieu of gifts or share a favorite volunteer memory prompting your friends and family to support our cause. You can get started here!
Saturday Yoga Moving to Carver Center
Attention Yogis! Our Saturday morning accessible yoga class at the Black Mountain Library is moving to the Carver Community Center next Saturday, 8/11. Classes are from 9:30-10:30am and are open to the entire Bounty & Soul family. Mats provided and chair modifications available. There will be no class at the library this Saturday, 8/4 as we make the transition. Thank you to The Yoga Service Movement for bringing #yogatothepeople!
Vote for Skyterra!
Skyterra Wellness is an amazing supporter of Bounty & Soul who recently donated a 1 Week Stay to our silent auction at VegOut. Based in Lake Toxaway, just past Brevard, they provide a beautiful mountain retreat where you can set aside life’s obligations and focus on your own health and well-being. They were recently nominated for Best Health & Wellness Resort in the country by USA TODAY and we are asking for our supporters to Vote for Skyterra now through Monday for this prestigious award!
Review Us on Google!
We are working hard to build up our online presence and positive reviews on Google are a big part of that. If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, please consider writing us a review withthese three easy steps. (1) Search for Bounty & Soul in the Google browser, (2) Select “Write a Review” and (3) Select how many stars you think we deserve and comment if you like.
Without our wonderful volunteer base, our work would not be possible–appreciate you taking the time to lend a hand as you can this summer!
Bounty & Soul Talking Points – updated 042018
Western North Carolina Statistics Regarding Food Insecurity and Hunger:
One out of every six people or 34,990 people in Buncombe County are food insecure, or unsure of where the next meal is coming from (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap, 2014)
One out of every four kids under the age of 18 wake up every morning and don’t know if/how/when they will next eat a meal.
Approximately 108,000 people in Western North Carolina don’t have consistent access to three square meals a day (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap 2014)
9 in 10 households report buying the cheapest food available regardless of health as a strategy for getting enough to eat
57% chose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage at least once in the past 12 months; 21% face this choice every month (MANNA FoodBank Hunger in Action Report)
64% chose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care at least once in the past 12 months. 24% face this choice every month (MANNA FoodBank Hunger in Action Report)
Who is Bounty & Soul?
We provide free fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense foods at our five weekly markets which are free for families and individuals in need.
We believe education and community are key to our market participants’ wellness. The healthy food is an enabler for their health and wellness. We take a ‘whole person’ approach
We engage and support our participants to live healthy, happy, fulfilled lives.
We offer free, fun and interactive health and wellness classes, cooking demonstrations, yoga, Zumba and more.
We build supportive communities centered in a common bond of care and respect.
There was a 30% increase in 2017 in the numbers of people we serve each week.
Distribute roughly 7,500 pounds of food to nearly 700 families and individuals each week.
In 2017, we distributed 363,231.5 pounds of food with only 2.5% as waste/compost.
We could not do our work without our volunteers (more than 130 active volunteers) and over 25 community partner organizations.
Produce to the People
Five weekly (51 weeks per year) mobile markets distributing fresh produce and whole grains free to all participants.
At the same place at the same time every week with consistent programming.
There is no qualification to participate. All are welcome.
Food comes from retail grocers (Walmart, Publix, Sam’s Club), farmers and growers, community gardens.
Rooted in Health
Health & Wellness classes, gentle movement/yoga, nutrition education, cooking demos, recipes for foods being distributed at all mobile markets
Education is the core of Bounty & Soul’s outreach. We believe that education is the key to individual wellness.
All resources and materials are translated into Spanish. Many classes delivered in Spanish.
Twice per year program to provide nutrient-rich soil, pots and starts to participants.
Monthly coaching available to ensure their plants thrive and deliver food.
Latinx Engagement Program
Specific engagement program for large, under-served, at-risk Latinx population.
ESL classes, after-school tutoring for kids, community resources, Zumba classes
Almost 50% of Bounty & Soul market participants are Latinx.
Partnership with MANNA, Black Mountain Rotary, Black Mountain Savings Bank
Provides weekly pack of kid-friendly food during the school year
Health Coach Program
One-on-one and group coaching to establish solutions to wellness-related issues
Physicians are referring patients to this “whole person” approach to wellness