BOUNTY & SOUL Volunteers Needed (Really !)
We are gearing up for two of our favorite annual events, the new and improved UGrow Community Dig Day which will inspire Bounty & Soul participants and the greater Black Mountain community to grow their own food AND our 3rd Annual VegOut fundraiser at Pisgah Brewing Company. More details and ways to get involved are listed below. Both are family-friendly events and will have a variety of activities for all ages. Please help us to SPREAD THE WORD and let us know if you’d like to help out. Needless to say, there are lots of places to plug in and assist to ensure these events go off without a hitch! Bounty & Soul
Setup/Breakdown Volunteers for UGrow Community Dig Day
Bounty & Soul’s first annual UGrow Community-wide Dig Day is coming up on Saturday, May 19 from 1-4pm in the parking lot of the Swannanoa Valley Medical Center. This fun, interactive event, in partnership with Eat Smart Black Mountain will supply B&S participants with free plants, containers, and soil to inspire them to grow their own food and will also include free gardening and composting workshops, food, music, kids activities and more! We are seeking a few volunteers to assist with event setup 11am-1pm and breakdown 4-6pm to ensure this day is a success!
**Special thanks to Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat and Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack/un’WINE’d at Mellie Mac’s for collecting funds to support this program. The recent Native Plant Sale brought in over $760!!
VegOut Volunteer Opportunities
Our 3rd annual VegOut fundraiser, presented by Native Kitchen & Social Pub will be taking place on Saturday, June 9 from 1-6pm at Pisgah Brewing Company. There will be live music throughout the afternoon from three local bands, a silent auction, and kid’s activities in The Field including the LEAF Easel Rider, family-friendly yoga and a Bounce House. A portion of sales from all Pisgah Pints will benefit B&S and Farm to Fender food truck will be onsite serving up local goodness with a % of proceeds. Here are a few places we can use extra hands–
Between Now and Then…
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Day-Of (Staggered shifts throughout the afternoon)
Event Setup: help assemble tables, tents and decorations
Greeters: help to welcome the community to the event/show them around
Kid’s Activities: volunteers needed to oversee bounce house and other activities in The Field
Silent Auction: a few committed volunteers are needed to staff the silent auction table during the event.
Bounty & Soul Truck: help to share our mission and programs with the community and sell B&S mech like t-shirts, bags and one-of-a-kind sunglasses with our VegOut logo made especially for the event!
- Event Breakdown: help break down tables, tents and decoration and unloadtruck at B&S office
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.
Community Garden Needs
Many of our garden partners are working to prep beds and get starts into the ground to lay the foundation for a productive growing season. Below you will find regular shifts and contact information for our Gardens That Give partners. Please consider lending a hand and helping these sites get started off on the right foot!
Swannanoa Community Garden: Flexible shifts Tuesdays and throughout the week by appointment. Contacts: Maureen Dillow, 828-713-8836,firstname.lastname@example.org and Sandy Drake, 828-318-5685,email@example.com.
Home Grown Garden (Black Mountain): Wednesdays 5-7pm and Saturdays 9-11am. They will also post a schedule on their Facebook page throughout the growing season. Contact: Ann Folmar Kieffer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be sure to contact community garden partners ahead of time to make sure that the scheduled shifts are on and volunteers are needed.
**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!
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!
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 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.
Thanks for all you do to make our work possible. I look forward to scheduling a shift with you soon!
Peace and veggies!