Athens Community Council on Aging is seeking a Volunteer Garden Manager
Volunteer Garden Manager Position Description Purpose: The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) Garden is maintained by volunteers with the Master Gardener program, UGA Horticultural students, and community volunteers. The Volunteer Garden Manager (VGM) acts as the liaison between volunteer gardeners and ACCA staff. The VGM will help support the garden to grow vibrant produce for our seniors and community. The VGM will be responsible for planning the gardens, including what crops will be planted and when. This is done in coordination with UGArden and UGA Extension Office, and with input from the Senior Center program clients. The VGM will decide what to plant based on their expertise, and historical info on what has grown well in the garden. The VGM will provide produce donations to staff, maintain education opportunities for new gardeners, and encourage community involvement. They will play a critical role in fostering a sense of community in the garden and helping students and volunteers incorporate gardening into their skillset while reducing hunger among seniors.
Recruitment/term: The Volunteer Garden Manager would have a strong background in gardening and/or have completed training as a Master Gardener. The VGM is encouraged to commit to one full garden season and each fall will have the option of continuing onto the following year or assisting in recruiting a replacement.
Time Commitment: Approximately 3-6 hours a week. 13-25 hours/month
Roles and Responsibilities Policies and Procedures:
- Orient new gardeners to the site
- Communicate any schedule changes with garden volunteers
- Supervise beginning Horticultural students (1-7 students) in monthly Garden Work Days
- Determine what supplies & equipment are needed & submit order request to staff (tools, mulch, etc)
- Notify program staff of critical maintenance needs (e.g., broken lock, leaky faucet, etc.)
- Ensure garden volunteers are accurately recording their hours on necessary logs
- Correspond with garden volunteers and ACCA staff to notify any updates, workdays, or activities
- Maintain effective communication and organization with UGArden and UGA’s Extension Office for needed resources
- Work with ACCA staff, students, and volunteers to ensure policies are upheld at the garden
- Be knowledgeable of Athens Community Council on Aging’s efforts to reduce senior hunger and promote best practices at garden:
- Encourage direct communication and problem-solving among garden volunteers and refer conflict situations to program office for resolution when needed
If interested or have questions, please contact Sarah Kruse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-549-4850
Location: ACCA’s Center for Active Living, CAL Plus+ Program, 135 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601
Program Description: The CAL Plus+ Program offers an exciting range of social, recreational, and health-related classes and activities for members age 60+ that inspire health, lifelong learning, and an active, independent lifestyle. Arts and Crafts is one of our most popular classes at the Center.
Responsibilities: We are looking for an instructor to lead the Arts and Crafts program every Thursday from 10:30-11:30am. He/she will be responsible for planning and overseeing projects, purchasing supplies (to be reimbursed), and dreaming up ideas that encourage creative expression, learning new things, and improved mental and manual dexterity.
Requirements: We ask for a minimum commitment of 3-6 months. The ideal candidate is able to work independently and with a variety of mediums to create fun, diverse projects that are suited for beginners and intermediate crafters. Volunteers with a background in art and/or crafting and experience working with larger groups is preferred but not required.
Time Commitment: Thursdays from 10.30-11.30am
Training Required: No formal training required.
Contact Information: Allyn Rippin, Center for Active Living Director at 706-549-4850
Choose to Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors
Exciting news! For the ninth year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the Subaru Share the Love Event. Over for the past eight years, Subaru has donated nearly $10 million to Meals on Wheels—that’s the equivalent of more than 1.4 million meals to seniors across the country!
Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and one in six seniors might not know from where their next meal is coming. This is simply unacceptable, which is why the Athens Community Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program provides the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to the seniors of Athens. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.
We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about the Share the Love Event.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
This November 17, 2016 through January 3, 2017, for every new Subaru vehicle leased or sold, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities. Meals on Wheels America is one of four national participating charities, and has been since the inception of the event. And through this campaign, as a Member of Meals on Wheels America, the Athens Community Council On Aging will receive a share of the revenue earned in Georgia.
You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but if you are—please look into the Share the Love Event to learn more. If you’re not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends.
And remember– this holiday season, you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten when you buy or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice.