Goodwill Garden: Everyone’s Harvest partners with six nonprofits (Marina Tree & Garden Club, Peninsula Wellness Center CHOMP, HOPE Services, Veterans Transition Center, Goodwill of the Central Coast Workforce Development Services, NCI Affiliates) to support the Goodwill Garden project in Fort Ord. The goal of the garden is to empower people to gain access to fresh local organic produce. In addition, the garden works as a social outlet for many developmentally disabled and recovering adults. A large focus of volunteering will be on engaging with clients of each partnered organization.
In the garden, CSUMB Service Learners and community volunteers spend time assisting clients of partnered nonprofits through garden work and directed garden activities. The garden activities will consist of some but not all composting, planting, harvesting. Be prepared to get dirty and participate in physical activities.
Location: 249 10th St. Marina, CA 93933
Available Volunteer Days/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9:30am – 11:30am
Fun Facts of the Goodwill Garden:
- The garden consists of one and a half acres with 80 beds
- The garden serves:
- Goodwill of the Central Coast Workforce Development Services, a culinary job-training program working with individuals with barriers to employment
- HOPE Services and NCI Affiliates working with adults with developmental disabilities
- Marina Tree and Garden Club (MTGC) working with local community members
- Peninsula Wellness Center Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) working with CHOMP wellness staff and clients
- Veterans Transition Center (VTC) working with veterans dealing with mental health issues, physical disabilities, and transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Garden Volunteer Position:
- Gardener Assistant: plant, collect and sow seeds, pull weeds, mulch, compost, engage in conversation with clients of partnered organizations