BOUNTY & SOUL March Volunteer Needs
It appears that spring has sprung (yay!) and while we know it’s likely we’ll still have another cool snap our garden partners are beginning to wake up and we’re working hard to leverage partnerships with new growers throughout WNC. March is also National Nutrition Month and places like Sunny Point Cafe, who share our passion for the local food movement, are supporting Bounty & Soul throughout the month by including donation envelopes at each table to educate patrons about our mission with an opportunity to make a contribution. Be sure to stop by and support 😀 Keep an eye out for our March e-newsletter with additional ways to get involved and if you know of a local business or organization who would like to coordinate a Healthy Food & Fund Drive or other outreach activity please reach out!
Organic Growers School Spring Conference
Next Saturday and Sunday, 3/10 and 3/11 we will have a table at the Organic Growers School Spring Conference at UNCA. We’re looking for a few volunteers to join us and hand out flyers with information about getting involved with local food access initiatives including our Plant a Row program. No gardening knowledge necessary, just enthusiasm and passion for what we do and willingness to share with those in attendance! Flexible shifts8am-5pm Saturday and 8am-1pm Sunday.
Cooking Demos at Blue Ridge Apartments and Children & Friends
If you enjoy cooking and are looking for a smaller market to plug in at we’ve got an opportunity for you! Shifts at take place at Blue Ridge Apts. Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:45pm and volunteers prep recipes in advance utilizing Bounty & Soul recipes and ingredients. It’s a small but sweet crowd, serving about 20 seniors that live at the apartments and they really look forward to learning healthy recipes for the produce they receive and interacting with our volunteers each week. Shifts can be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on your interest and availability.
We are also seeking volunteers to assist Tuesday afternoons at Children & Friends Enrichment Center from 2:30-5pm. This market specifically serves families that have little ones at the daycare. The shift involves staging and sorting produce and welcoming families by providing healthy, easy-to-prepare snacks. If you enjoy kids and cooking this is the site for you! Shifts can be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on your interest and availability.
Data Entry Volunteer
We are in need of a volunteer to enter volunteer hours for us on a weekly basis on a Google spreadsheet. Can be done remotely and involves stopping by the Bounty & Soul office to swap sign-in sheets every week or so.
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!
Garden Leader(s) Needed for Potential Satellite Garden
A generous individual reached out to us recently about an available plot he’d like to donate for us to grow food on. It is located very close to Black Mountain Presbyterian and the Baptist Church and has a water source on-site. Before we jump in with this exciting new venture we are seeking garden leaders to take ownership of planning and overseeing volunteers to plant, water and maintain the plot. If you know someone who might be interested in serving in this role please reach out!
**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!
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!
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!
If you have used grocery bags (from when you forget your reusable green bags of course!) that you would like to donate for Bounty & Soul markets please bring along to your volunteer shift or drop off at our office. Please and thank you 🙂
Online Jewelry Fundraiser with 100% Proceeds to Bounty & Soul
Attention jewelry lovers! Premier Jewelry is hosting an online benefit for Bounty & Soul now through this Saturday, March 3. Click here to browse dozens of dazzling accessories. When checking out online, click yes for “Event” and then select Bounty & Soul Fundraiser in the drop-down menu and 100% of your purchase will help us secure healthy staples for our five weekly produce markets. Who knew combating hunger could look so good!
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. Whenever you have a few minutes please consider writing us a reviewwiththese 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.
Thank you all for your ongoing support as we continue to grow and serve more people, couldn’t do it without you!
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