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As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Women’s Environmental Institute, relies heavily on our wonderful volunteers and WEI Friends to keep our programs functioning at their best.  Below are some of the areas where we can use volunteers.

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Questions about volunteering, contact susane@w-e-i.org

VOLUNTEERS:   Ways You Can Help

Please contact susanne@w-e-i.org to sign up for volunteer shifts or for more information. Once you sign up you will receive a confirmation email with further details on where to check in and park, what to wear, what to bring, etc. Please always sign up in advance for volunteer shifts, we need to know your coming so we can prepare work for you. We look forward to seeing you!

Here is a full listing of specific volunteer opportunities.

TABLING AT THE BIRCHWOOD

Date: Saturday March 4 (1 volunteer still needed)
Sunday March 19
(filled)
Time: 9:30 AM-2PM
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2
Location: The Birchwood Cafe 3311 East 25th Street MPLS, MN 55406
Activity: As part of the Birchwood BOOST, WEI will “table” at The Birchwood Cafe to hand out information about WEI’s CSA, classes, and memberships and help Birchwood customers understand the importance of rounding up their bill for WEI. On the dates given above, we need 2 volunteers to help set up, tear down and tend the WEI booth.

TABLING AT THE SEWARD CSA FAIR

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2015 (filled)
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2
Location: Seward Coop, 2823 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Activity: 
Assist WEi staff in selling CSA shares to potential customers, includes set up of
WEI booth , customer interactions, and tear down

MILL CITY FARMER’S MARKET-SPRING

Date: any of these Saturdays 
March 11 & 25 (filled)
April 8, 22
(2 volunteers still needed for each date)
Time: 8:30AM-1:30PM
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2
Location: Winter Markets Located inside the Mill City Museum
704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Activity:  Help greet customers, sell produce and promote the WEI at this indoor Farmer’s Market in the beautiful Mill City Museum. You’ll help set up and tear down the WEI booth and will be on your feet most of the day.

MILL CITY FARMER’S MARKET-SUMMER-FALL

Every Saturday beginning in MAY
Time: 7:00AM-1:30PM
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2 per market day
Location: Outdoor Farmer’s Market-Outside Mill City Museum
704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Activity:  Help greet customers, sell produce and promote the WEI at this indoor Farmer’s Market in the beautiful Mill City Museum. You’ll help set up and tear down the WEI booth and will be on your feet most of the day. Feel free to sign up in advance for any date.

GENERAL FARM WORK: ONE  FULL DAY’s WORK  (February through April)
Date: Shifts available each week Monday thru Saturday
Time: starting at 8:00 a.m. or when you can make it in the morning hours
Number of volunteers needed: 2-3 per day MTW,Sat and  1-2 per day Th and FriLocation: Amador Hill Farm and Orchard
15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056 (Chisago County)
Lunch Provided, 2pm or bring your own lunch
Activity: We can use your help cleaning up for Spring, seeding, transplanting, preparing fields, orchard maintenance, and preparing supplies for the 2017 growing season. You’ll work with farm manager Jacquelyn and other members of the farm crew.  Thursdays and Fridays in February through March are devoted to apple tree pruning for one or possibly two volunteers each day.

SPRING CLEANING AT THE WEI FACILITY
Date: Saturday April 1 
Time: 8AM-5PM or later (let Susanne know when you can make it)
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10
Location: Amador Hill Farm and Orchard
15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056 (Chisago County)
Lunch Provided,or bring your own lunch
Activity: This is full day of spring cleaning of WEI’s Eco-Retreat Center, the Kelly Dome, and the WEI gardens. Dress for indoor cleaning or outdoor garden clean up. Bring rags.

PAINTING DAY at WEI:
Date: Sunday April 2 
Time: 8AM-5PM (let Susanne know when you can make it)
Number of Volunteers Needed: 3-5
Location: Amador Hill Farm and Orchard
15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056 (Chisago County)
Lunch Provided, or bring your own lunch
Activity:  Finish painting the outside of the Kelly Dome and apply second coat to all outside walls. Paint the chicken coop and fancy artwork painting on baby chicken coop.

SPRING CLEAN UP ON WEI FARM FIELDS 
Date: Monday through Friday APRIL 10-14
Time: Any time during these days 8:00-4:00
Number of Volunteers Needed: 20
Location: Amador Hill Farm and Orchard
15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056 (Chisago County)
Activity: Spring clean up involves general farm work, cleaning up sheds and apple barn,  cleaning the old farm house, and farm machinery clean up.. Please come dressed for outdoor work, rain or shine. We will work straight through the full shift and have an on-going lunch available for free… Please let us know if you plan to stay for lunch so we may prepare enough food.  This is a fun rewarding day of teamwork to get the farm ready for spring planting!

APPLE TREE PLANTING DAY AND ORCHARD CLEAN UP 
Depending on when the seedlings arrive, we are scheduling the Apple Tree Planting day for the weekend of April 15-16.
Date:  April 15-16
Time: 8:00 am-6pm Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Number of volunteers needed: 10 on Saturday, 5 on Sunday  
Location: Amador Hill Farm and Orchard
15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056 (Chisago County)
Lunch Provided, or bring your own lunch
Activity: Instruction on planting apple trees included, soil and compost preparation, shoveling and planting, supports for seedlings,  watering and nutrient applications, fencing and labeling, early pruning, clean up orchard floor of winter pruning, seeding clover cover crop on orchard floor.

EVENT HELPER and GREETER .  We need help fixing soups and preparing for our classes and workshops. This volunteer would come early to set up, cook, complete final clean up, introduce students and participants to WEI’s mission and work., and attend the event representing WEI  as the WEI on-call participant.  This person can then attend the events/classes free-of-charge. This is a great job for someone interested in the WEI’s education opportunities.  Check out Upcoming Events at w-e-i.org to see when you might want to volunteer.  The entire 2017 schedule of events is posted. Here are upcoming events with volunteer openings:

Red Ball Party Greeter -2 volunteers needed
Sat March 25 from 9-430
Location: Amador Hill Farm

Chainsaw  Training for Women
Sat March 18 from 8am-4pm
Location: Amador Hill Farm

Beekeeping Class 1 volunteer needed
Sun March 26 from 12-430 
Location: Amador Hill Farm

Beekeeping Class 1 volunteer needed
Sun April 29 from 12-430 
Location: Amador Hill Farm

Hoop House Construction Class 1 volunteer needed
Sat April 29 time TBD Hoop 
Amador Hill Farm

Composting Class 1 volunteer needed
Sun April 30 time TBD Hoop 
Amador Hill Farm

STREET and SOCIAL MEDIA  TEAMS:
We need help from a Street Team distributing our brochures, stand cards and flyers across the Twin Cities in coffee houses, co-ops, churches and other places where we might find people interested in our classes, our CSA and/or the work that we do. We want volunteers to regularly distribute to 5-10 locations in your residential area.   Participants on the Social Media Snowball Team will regularly post and share facebook posts from the WEI facebook page and ask their friends to share as well
.

CSA DROP SITE VISITS: We need special helpers to go to our CSA drop sites and leave CSA rack cards for prospective CSA customers.  This helpers  check in every two weeks. Restocking is part of the job.  Communications with Susanne will be required.  We are also interesting in finding new drop sites with a minimum of 6 boxes per site each week. If the site has a cooler space, that would be perfect.  

COLLEGE CONNECTION TEAMS:  We need volunteers stationed at various Twin Cities community colleges, private colleges and universities to post our information in strategically good places for public view.  This team may also research which departments or programs or offices might be most receptive in supporting the work and mission of WEI.  For example, environmental and sustainability studies or student groups working on environmental, healthy food, and social justice issues might be good locations to share our information.  You may also know a teacher or professor who would be willing to post our messages.  When you get a list of contacts together (names/contact/point person for list serves), you can send this to susanne@w-e-i.org

OTHER PROJECTS: Do you have special skills you could contribute to the WEI?  Marketing, Social Media, Photography, Construction, Painting, Plumbing/HVAC/Electrical, other.

Let us know and we’ll contact you regarding possible work.  Again, contact
susanne@w-e-i.org  if you want to sign up for any of these tasks.  We will try to keep this list
current so that you know what is available.

 

 

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