Volunteers are our lifeblood, and Green Chimneys has so many opportunities for those who want to "give back to the community" through volunteer work with kids, tending to gardens, and supporting animal rescue and care. Volunteering is a way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain insight, grow personally and build a better society for everyone.
Volunteers Match Their Skills to the Needs at Green Chimneys
1) Equine Program
Volunteers are needed to assist instructors and students during riding, driving and vocational classes. Volunteers also help with horse care, feeding and turnout, and work as mentors to our children who have a variety of special needs. Most volunteers offer one full day a week on a regular basis, and many have worked with us for years. Volunteers must be 18 years old and able to commit to the sessions they are assigned. Horse experience is preferred but not required. Free training is available prior to the start of each volunteer’s session, and teaches all the necessary skills to work in the horse barn. Supportive atmosphere and lunch provided.
2) Office/Administrative Support
Lend a hand answering phones, filing and providing organizational assistance in one of our support departments. Opportunities are available in a range of departments, including fund development, health services, marketing and summer camp.
3) Nature's Nursery Public Day Care Program
Volunteers are needed for all day care and before- and after-school care. Morning hours are 7:30 am to noon, and afternoon hours are noon to 6 pm. Volunteers may choose their days and times to help. Must be at least 16 years old.
4) Farm & Wildlife Center
If you like animals, you’ll love our Farm & Wildlife Center with nearly 300 animals to care for daily. Volunteers are asked to commit to tasks assigned and choose between the Upper Barn, Wildlife Center, or weekend positions as guides on farm tours for the public. Assist students in caring for sheep, goats and other farm animals under the supervision of our staff, or learn to care for hawks, eagles, owls and injured wildlife. Help with feeding and general care, assist in training animals, and work as mentors for children with a variety of special needs. Free training is provided prior to the start of session. Most volunteers offer us one day of service a week on a regular basis; many have worked with us for years. Must be at least 18 years old.
Make a difference while assisting our topnotch staff by mentoring children with a variety of special needs. Mentors are great role models for our children. Enjoy spending a weekday afternoon or a couple of hours on a weekend with our children who live at Green Chimneys - play board games, help with homework and watch as your presence becomes a valued part of their day. The reward of mentoring young people will last a lifetime. Most volunteers offer us one day a month on a regular basis. Must be at least 20 years old.
6) Horticulture Assistant
Lovers of plants and gardening are a perfect fit for our Educational School Garden and Boni-Bel Farm, with acres of vegetable and flower gardens and two greenhouses. Volunteers assist students in caring for plants and gardens under staff supervision, learn how to make honey or maple syrup, or learn about sustainable and organic culture. Help with seasonal chores, assist in training classes, and work as mentors for children with a variety of special needs. Free training prior to the start of session. Most volunteers offer one day of service a week on a regular basis, and many have worked with us for a number of years. Volunteers may choose their preferred garden location and are asked to commit to tasks assigned. Must be at least 18 years old.
7) Food Services
Help as a kitchen worker serving, cleaning, sweeping, mopping and washing dishes, or as a baker (must have experience). Experienced cooks are also needed to help with cooking various types of cuisine for 300 people daily. Most volunteers offer us one day of service a week on a regular basis. Many volunteers have worked with us for many years. Must be over age 18.
8) Youth Volunteer Days
Youth Volunteer Days take place one Saturday a month during the school year and are open to youth ages 12 to 18 years who are looking for a community service project. Types of activities include typical farm chores and outdoor clean-up. A parent or guardian must accompany the youth volunteer for the day. Youth Volunteer Days run from 10:15am until 2:30pm. Submit a Youth Volunteer Interest Form.
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For more information, please contact Diane Guilfoil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.279.2995 x286.
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