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Volunteer With the Wylde Center!

With more than 6 service opportunities a week, we welcome your help and encourage you to join us to DIG IN! Volunteer opportunities are available in our gardens, the plant sale, or one during one of our special events.  Sign-up for Greening Gardens or Plant Sale at least 48 hours in advance of the day you would like to volunteer using the form below.  Browse the tabs on the left for more information on all of our volunteer opportunities.

By the way, all volunteers who complete more than 20 hours of service receive a FREE Wylde Center t-shirt!

If you have questions, concerns, want to schedule a group service trip , or would like to be added to our Volunteer Info List contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org. When inquiring about a group please provide the following info :
  • Number of volunteers in your group,
  • Age range,
  • Days and times your group wants to volunteer,
  • Number of hrs of service.

All of our gardens require one Chaperone or more per 10 youth volunteers. We may accept volunteers 7+ but prefer 12+ years old.

Water, bug repellent, sunscreen, closed toe shoes, and appropriate work clothes are recommended when working in the garden. If there is a Health Advisory Warning we advise that Seniors and Youth do not volunteer with us outdoors. If it is precipitating heavily or below 35 degrees the workday will be cancelled. Please check the volunteer calendar.

We also have opportunities to help with our Farm to School program, event planning committees, plant sale and more. To keep up with our special volunteer opportunities contact volunteer@Wyldecenter.orgto be added to our news list. See below for detailed info on how you can get more involved right away. You can even help us by promoting the garden to your friends! Find us on Facebook.

  • You can complete court ordered service with us. You will need to disclose why you have been issued a court ordered community service. Please contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org and let us know in advance which regularly scheduled workday you can attend.

Greening Gardens

Our Greening Gardens work hours are from 5-7pm, at a different site each day.  Additionally, each site hosts a workday one Saturday a month.  Please sign up at least 48 hours in advance of your desired workday.  Greening Gardens opportunities will only be available through November 1st, 2015 and will resume March 14th, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Oakhurst Garden Site is located at 435 Oakview Rd. Decatur, GA 30030. Workdays are scheduled regularly on the following days; Tuesdays 5-7 PM, and  the 2nd Saturday of each month, 9 am – 12 pm. Tasks: maintenance and planting in the vegetable, woodland, and ornamental gardens; maintenance tasks in the composting area; and, general clean-up.The maximum number of volunteers for these sites is 20. The Oakhurst Garden Manager is JC Hines. Contact us at volunteer@wyldecenter.org  with OAKHURST VOLUNTEER in the subject line if you have questions about this site.
  • Sugar Creek Garden is located at the back of the Oakhurst Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, near the intersection between E. Lake Drive and 2nd Avenue. The GPS Address: 415 E. Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030. Workdays are scheduled regularly on the following days: Thursday from 5-7pm and the 4th Saturday of the month, 9-12 p.m.  The maximum number of volunteers for this site is 20. Sugar Creek Garden is an edible greenspace that is in its 4th year of production.  For large volunteer groups, please contact  volunteer@wyldecenter.org with SUGAR CREEK VOLUNTEER in the subject line if you have questions about this site.
  • Edgewood Community Learning Garden is located at 1503 Hardee Street Atlanta, GA 30307. Workdays are Mondays 5-7pm and the third Saturday of every month, 9am-12pm. Tasks: planting and maintaining crops, maintaining the compost area, and site renovation projects.  The maximum number of volunteers is  15. The Edgewood Community Learning Garden Manager is Derek Pinson. For large volunteer groups, please contact  volunteer@wyldecenter.org with EDGEWOOD VOLUNTEER in the subject line.
  • Hawk Hollow Greenspace is located at 2304 1st Ave. Atlanta, GA 30317. Join Wylde Center staff at our newest green space on Wednesdays, 5-7 pm or  on the first Saturday of every month, 9am-12pm. You can come solo, bring a friend or a large group. The Hawk Hollow Garden Manager is Tamara Jones. For large volunteer groups, please contact  volunteer@wyldecenter.org with HAWK HOLLOW VOLUNTEER in the subject line.

Plant Sale Coordination and Planting

Join the Horticultural Team at the Oakhurst Garden, Volunteer and learn about starting veggies.

Did you know that 99.9% of the work completed to make our plant sale a reality is done by volunteers?!  The income from the Wylde Center plant sale is a significant part of the budget that we raise each year.  Funds from the plant sale support our garden based education efforts and our four greenspaces.  Have some time during the week?  Great, because we need your help!

Join us to sow out seeds, pot up plants and keep the sales area looking sharp.

 FALL workdays:

  • Tuesdays & Fridays, 9-11 a.m or special hours by appointment
  • August 30 and Sept 13 (future date TBD): 2-5 p.m.

RAIN or SHINE

Show up – Sign in – Dig In: Meet in area near or around the green house.

Tasks: Sowing out seeds, transplanting, and preparing the plant sale area for continual sales. Volunteers should meet in or around the green house.

No experience necessary.

Contact: maryjane@wyldecenter.org for questions or to schedule a group. Max number of volunteers is 10, ages are 12+.

Volunteers will learn

  • How to start vegetables from seed
  • The seed sowing calendar
  • Taking cuttings of herbs, rooting them
  • Sowing out herbs from seed
  • Thinning and potting up succulents

Additional plant sale opportunities will be scheduled during the spring season.

Wylde Woods

Wylde Woods work days at the Oakhurst Garden with DeKalb County Extension Master Gardeners:
Calling all forest lovers.  Join Kat and Frances at the Oakhurst Garden to help and learn about our Native Woods! Just show up, sign in on the porch and dig in! Group service opportunities available with a max of 15 volunteers. Contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org  with WYLDE WOODS VOLUNTEER in the subject line to schedule a group.

Decatur Farm to School

Dear Decatur Farm to School Volunteers,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Decatur Farm to School program. Decatur Farm to School (DF2S), a Wylde Center program is a grassroots effort to connect City Schools of Decatur with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in their cafeterias, improving student nutrition, and providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime. DF2S activities take place in the cafeteria, in the classroom and in the garden. Volunteer opportunities include helping with taste tests, organizing volunteers, Dine-Outs, communications, the mini-grant program, and more!

Please look at the list below, choose how you’d like to help and then contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org to let us know which committee or activity you are interested in.  

We are looking for folks who are interested in serving as chairs, as sub-committee members, and as general volunteers who are willing to give a few hours on the day of an event.

Committee meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wylde Center office located at 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA  30030.  Chairs of each subcommittee are required to attend.

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Volunteer Opportunities

1. Executive Circle – 1 person to fill each slot.
PURPOSE: To serve as the Executive Circle for the Decatur Farm to School activities.
TASKS: Attend monthly meetings and fulfill the strategic goals of the committee.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month in addition to the monthly meeting
ROLES:
Chair(FULL) – creates agenda for meeting, communicates with committee chairs, works with committee to recruit new members each fall
Chair-elect (OPEN) – “learn the ropes” with current chair of the committee. Expectation is that chair-elect will serve as chair the following school year.
Secretary (FULL) – take minutes, work with the chair to set up the agenda, manage online document storage, website updates
Treasurer (FULL)- report on income/expense at each meeting; develop budget for following year
Board Liaison (FULL)- Wylde Center Board members attend monthly DF2S committee meetings sharing updates between the two.

2. General Volunteer
PURPOSE: To support the activities of DF2S.
TASK: Volunteers may help with dine-outs, taste tests, and any other DF2S activity on an as needed basis.
TIME COMMITMENT: Depends on the activity
*****Please contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org if you are interested in being notified when volunteers are needed for projects.

3. Volunteer Coordinator 
PURPOSE: To support DF2S activities by communicating with and procuring volunteers.
TASKS: Responsibilities include contacting the active DF2S volunteer base when needed for a DF2S related activity; communicate with the Wylde Center volunteer coordinator to list opportunities; manage volunteers for DF2S activities; create communication blurbs to be sent to all of the schools.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month in addition to attending the monthly DF2S committee meeting
ROLES:
Chair (FULL): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Volunteer Committee.

4. Fall Dine-Out
PURPOSE: The fall Dine-Out raises important funds that supports the efforts of the DF2S committee. Multiple Decatur restaurants participate in this event donating a portion of their proceeds to the program.
TASKS: Responsibilities include:

● Recruit and communicate with participating restaurants;
● Plan day of logistics / set-up & break-down
● Secure and distribute raffle donations
TIME COMMITMENT: 5 hours per month for two months in addition to attending the monthly committee meeting
ROLES:
Chair (FULL): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Dine-Out Committee.
Fall Dine- Out Committee (OPEN): Participate in the planning leading up to the event.
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5. Mini-Grants
PURPOSE: The DF2S committee sets aside funds each year for a mini-grant program supporting both teachers, school grounds committees, and the nutrition staff.
TASKS: Committee will oversee distribution of funds for the School Grant Program, Georgia Organics’ Conference F2S Summit, School Raffle Donation, and Nutrition Donation.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Lead the efforts of the Mini-Grants Committee.
Mini-Grants Committee (OPEN): Support the activities of the committee

6. Communications
PURPOSE:To share with the community the accomplishments of the Farm to School work being done in our school system. This is done through printed materials and online postings.
TASKS: Responsibilities include posting updates to social media, communicating with schools to include DF2S blurbs in their newsletters (i.e. events, tshirts, updates), website updates; work with Dine-Out lead to promote the fundraiser; manage and produce the DF2S newsletter (3x per year) and other promotional materials.
TIME COMMITMENT: Varies based on project.
ROLES:
Chair (FULL): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate with the Wylde Center Board Communication Committee Chair. Lead the efforts of the Communications Committee.
Communications Committee (OPEN): Support the activities of the Communication committee.

7. School Liaison
PURPOSE: School liaisons are representatives from each school that facilitate communication between the school and the DF2S committee. Ideally, the liaison either works at the school or has a child at that school.
TASKS: Responsibilities include contacting the school when introductions need to be made or when DF2S newsletter wants to spotlight the school for F2S activities. Newsletter editor will reach out to the liaisons for which schools are up next for highlighting. Liaisons are expected to write up the short spotlight. Liaisons also coordinate volunteers for their school during the taste tests and specific DF2S events held at that school.
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month.
ROLES:
Chair (FULL): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the school liaisons.
School Liaison Committee: 1 person is needed per school. (FULL)

8. Spring Dine-Out

PURPOSE: The Spring Dine-Out raises important funds that support the efforts of the DF2S committee. Multiple Decatur restaurants participate in this event donating a portion of their proceeds to the program.
TASKS: Responsibilities include:
● Recruit and communicate with participating restaurants;
● Plan day of logistics / set-up & break-down
● Secure and distribute raffle donations
TIME COMMITMENT: 5 hours per month for two months in addition to attending the monthly committee meeting
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Dine-Out Committee.
Spring Dine-Out Committee: Participate in the planning leading up to the event.

9. Merchandise
PURPOSE: DF2S has been selling t-shirts for several years that are fun to wear and raise awareness at the same time.
TASKS: Responsibilities include managing inventory, ordering stock, coordinating bi-annual system-wide t-shirt orders
TIME COMMITMENT: 1 hour per month
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Volunteer Committee.
Merchandise Committee (OPEN): Support the efforts of the Merchandise committee.

10. Taste Test
PURPOSE: Each semester the Wylde Center education staff choose a vegetable that will be grown in school garden and sampled during the taste test. This is multilevel program that involves sowing out seeds, harvesting, preparing, serving, and collecting data.
TASKS: Work with the Wylde Center Farm to School Manager to plan and implement the taste test.
TIME COMMITMENT: 2 hours per month
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Internship Committee and the Farm to School Manager.
Taste Test Committee (OPEN): Support the work of the taste test.

11. DHS F2S Internship
PURPOSE: The DF2S created the internships as a way to provide a Farm to School opportunity for Decatur High School students. Each summer, 3 DHS students intern at farms, restaurants, and farmers market to get a true sense of Farm to Table. They each receive a $500 stipend for the hours given over a 6-week period.
TASKS: Committee will work with the Farm to School Manager to advertise for and select the summer interns. Summer interns work for 6 weeks during the summer at a farm, restaurant, market.
ROLES:
Chair(OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Internship Committee and the Farm to School Manager.
Internship Committee (OPEN): Support the work of the committee including serving as points of contact during the internship period.

12. DF2S Special Event
PURPOSE: The DF2S committee would like to add an additional event to its calendar to fulfill the dual purpose of raising awareness and raising funds.
TASKS: To imagine and plan an event.
TIME COMMITMENT: Varies based on the type of event.
ROLES:
Chair (OPEN): Attend monthly DF2S committee meetings. Communicate directly with the Special Event committee.
Special Event Committee (OPEN): Support the work of the committee.

Again, thank you for your interest. If you have any questions, please contact volunteer@wyldecenter.org.

Youth Programming

Hours: Flexible and varied based on programming schedule. Tasks: Support the Youth Programs Manager in planning, during, and post programs. Great way to gain environmental education experience working with youth. Contact our Education Director Allison Ericson at allison@wyldecenter.org.

 


Administrative Assistance

Hours: Vary based on your schedule.Some of the work is work that can be done from your home. Tasks: Updating database, assisting with mailings, and whatever else needs doing. We can keep you busy!

Contact: Stephanie Van Parys, Stephanie@Wyldecenter.org

Special Events

We host various events throughout the year, and also attend many events.  We need volunteers to help us in a variety of ways for the following events. Join our planning committees,help the day of with setting up, promote events to your friends, lead an activity, or help us clean up. Contact neida@wyldecenter.org for more information on these events.

Volunteers who give 20 hours of their time receive a free Wylde Center t-shirt.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 2, 2015 – Emory Sustainable Food Fair

- Help needed: setup/breakdown, staffing informational Wylde Center table.  Volunteer sign up coming soon.  Sign up to volunteer!

  • October 3-4, 2015 – Maker Faire Atlanta

- Help needed: staffing table, selling merchandise, helping with our educational activity, and setup/breakdown.  Sign up to volunteer!

  • October 17, 24, and November 17 – S’mores for All

- Click here for more details.
- Help needed: setup/breakdown, handing out s’more materials, etc. Sign up to volunteer!

  • October 18, 2015 – Oakhurst Porchfest

- Help needed: general support to organizer and musician.  Volunteer sign up coming soon.

  • November 8 – Hot Dog! Membership Open House

- Help needed: setup/breakdown, staffing food and drink table.  Sign up to volunteer!

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