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Regional Environmental Council - School Gardens Internship

Organizational Overview The Regional Environmental Council is a grassroots environmental and food justice organization that has been working in Worcester since 1971. The UGROW (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) program is a grassroots, citywide Community gardens network. UGROW is founded on the belief that together we can help create community food security by growing food in our own neighborhoods. UGROW began in 1995 with 1 garden and 1 volunteer gardener with a vision to grow food in the city. Since that time, the network has grown to include 60 community gardens throughout the city of Worcester involving more than 600 volunteer gardeners. 18 of these 60 gardens are school gardens—connecting young people to gardening on the campuses of Worcester Public Schools. Project Overview REC’s School Gardens program is seeking an intern to support school garden programming, for our network of 20 school gardens throughout the city of Worcester. Schools in our network receive free workshops based around garden education, free seedlings and compost in the spring, and year-round garden support. Tasks include supporting gardeners at their sites, working on physical infrastructure, dropping off seedlings, some light data entry, and supporting general garden upkeep. All internships are unpaid but provide invaluable insight into: urban agriculture, food justice, environmental justice, non-profit management, and customer service. Interns will learn what it is like working in a hugely diverse city like Worcester and the importance of honoring food justice by working in low-income, food-insecure neighborhoods. Interns are an integral part to the success of the REC’s programs and are part of what makes our programs sustainable. If available through your educational institution, the REC is willing to help interns obtain credit for their work with us. Responsibilities Support garden management needs at our school gardens sites Work closely with our Garden Education Fellow Work with garden coordinators and students Assist with planting/gardening support, workshop development Other physical/administrative tasks Qualifications Experience with gardening Enjoy working with children Ability to work independently, and as part of a team Comfort working outdoors and getting their hands dirty Enthusiastic about local food, food justice, and environmental education Reliable transportation: access to a vehicle a plus Ability to work 6-10 hours per week To be considered for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Eliza Lawrence at schoolgardens@recworcester.org. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

Worcester, MA

5/1/20 9:00 AM

YouthGrow Internship

Are you looking to deepen your connection to the Worcester community, gain experience in youth work, and be a part of our local food justice movement? The Regional Environmental Council’s YouthGROW Program is seeking to fill 8 internship positions to work with youth participants (ages 14-18) as part of the YouthGROW summer program, which is held on 2 youth-led urban farms on Oread Street in Main South and Grant Square Park in Bell Hill, Worcester. Internships are unpaid but can be completed for academic credit and in some cases; your college or university may be able to provide funding. We will host an orientation at the beginning of the internship and will deliver a series of four individual trainings focused on positive youth mentoring, racial equity, and food systems, and food justice. Activities during the summer program are based around sustainable agriculture, environmental and social justice, and youth activism. Schedule: (approx.) Spring Prep: 4 weeks, 7 hours/week, flexible days and times (June) Summer Program: 7 weeks, 25 hours/week Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (July, August) August Follow-up: 1 week in late August (4 hours, flexible) Responsibilities Include: Facilitating group activities with youth including icebreakers, small group farm work tasks, and youth led group projects Supporting staff to maintain positive and productive environment on both farms during group discussions, farm work, and team project time Assisting staff with logistics including purchasing program supplies, set up and break down, and weekly prep Mentoring young people, keeping team motivation up, and helping foster youth leadership Supervision during orientation camping trip, weekly service learning trips, and end of season Beach Day Skills/What We Are Looking For: Experience working with teens in a positive mentor role Dedication to youth empowerment, environmental and social justice Access to reliable transportation Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays July and August, and other prep times (flexible) Pluses: Bilingual, experience living or working in Main South/Bell Hill neighborhoods, skills in carpentry or experience in farming Send resume and cover letter by fax or email. If applying by email, include “YouthGROW Summer Internship” in the subject line. The Regional Environmental Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Stacie Brimmage Email: stacie@recworcester.orgATTN: YouthGROW Summer Internship Fax: 508-799-9147

Worcester, MA

6/1/20 9:00 AM

Homework Help-Afterschool Program

Assist with Homework Help in our after school program, Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Worcester, MA

Through9/18/20

Memory Cafe Volunteer

The Worcester Area Memory Cafe meets once a month, the third Tuesday of each month from 2:00 -;3:30 pm at the Worcester Senior Center. TheMemory Cafe is for individuals with memory loss along with their caregivers, and/or friends and family in a safe, supportive, engaging environment. It is a time to socialize, enjoy a program, activity or entertainment, and spend time in a judgement free zone with others experiencing similar journeys. The goal is to make every guest feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. Volunteer assistance is needed 1/2 hour prior through clean-up (1:30pm-4:00pmThe Making Connections Memory Cafe Volunteers assist the Memory Cafe Staff with decorating tables, welcoming and socializing with guests, helping with activities and clean up. Though experience with Alzheimers/Dementia is not necessary, volunteers must possess patience and a calm demeanor. Training on the disease is provided to all new volunteers. Volunteers receive complimentary snacks during their shift.

Worcester, MA

Through9/18/20

Dining Center Kitchen Volunteers

Dining Center Kitchen Volunteers assist with serving nutritious meals at one of our 19 Centers. At sites outside of Worcester Kitchen Volunteers may also assist with packing Meals on Wheels for delivery. Participants gather together in their community to enjoy a meal and have the opportunity for socialization. Kitchen Volunteers may commit to one or more days per week. Most Centers are open Monday -Friday and serve at noon. This role is essential to the functions of the Congregate Program. Service Area: Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston & Worcester.

Pembroke, MA

Through9/18/20

Volunteer to help Abused and/or Neglected children in Foster Care

Thank you for looking at this opportunity. This is for a VOLUNTEER opportunity. If you have a heart for helping children in foster care, we would LOVE to hear from you. CASA works with children that have been abused and/or neglected and are currently in the foster care system.You will be trained to become an advocate for the child(ren) on your case so that you can help the courts know what is in the best interest of the child in terms of helping them find a permanent "forever" home. You will be the "eyes and the ears" for the judge by visiting the child(ren) once a month. You will advocate for what would be best for the child in terms of their future placement, typically to be reunified with their biological parents or to find a new adoptive home. This is such an important work and is rewarding both to see your impact on helping a child have a voice as well as to enrich your own life. To take the first step in joining our volunteer team, please complete the short application which can be found here: https://www.casaworcestercounty.org/volunteer-application-2 Please contact us today at 508-TRY-CASA x106, go to www.casaworcester.org, or email us. volunteers@thecasaproject.org Don't wait! We would love to get you into our next training class as soon as possible Thanks so much!

Worcester, MA

Through6/4/30

Volunteer Gardner 1-2times a week

Position Title: Volunteer Gardner Department: Buildings and Grounds Department Contact: Manager of Facilities Duration: ongoing April - October Position Summary: The EcoTarium is a family-friendly, indoor-outdoor museum located in Worcester, Massachusetts. We offer three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride around the grounds (seasonal). The EcoTarium has 40 acres of grounds and additional conservation land across the street. Volunteer gardeners will assist EcoTarium staff in weeding beds, pruning, invasive removal, planting, watering, and spring and fall clean-up. This is an active outdoor position and requires a lot of walking to and from jobs around the property. Responsibilities: Weed beds Mulch Remove invasives in beds and on natural forest trails Pick-up litter around the property and on conservation land Help with spring and fall clean-up Water new plantings Edge beds Qualifications: Must be able to work outside and walk between jobs on the EcoTarium’s 40 acres of grounds. Must be able to squat or kneel with padding to do bed work Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. Individuals should be comfortable working in a variety of weather conditions Must be able to take direction and work independently and in teams Must pass a CORI background check in accordance with EcoTarium guidelines

Worcester, MA

Through10/31/20

Rainbow Lunch-Supper Volunteers

During the Rainbow Lunch-Supper Clubs, LGBT older adults come together to enjoy a meal and socialize in a judgement free environment. The Rainbow Supper Club gathers the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm. Volunteer assistance is needed approximately 1 hour prior to mealtime through clean-up (5:00-8:30pm.) The Rainbow Supper Club is ESWA’s only evening volunteer opportunity, The Rainbow Lunch Club meets twice monthly, the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, at noon. Similarly, volunteer assistance is needed approximately 1 hour prior to mealtime through clean up (11:00am– 1:30pm.) Volunteers assist with setting up tables/chairs, preparing place settings, serving the meal, cleaning up, registration and more. Volunteers receive a complimentary meal during their shift.

Worcester, MA

Through1/31/30

Bill Payer Volunteer

Money Management Program Volunteers assist elders once each month to help with bill paying, checkbook reconciliations, sorting and reading mail for clients, as well as mailing monthly bills. Volunteers visit their client each month in the elder’s home for one or two hours, flexible days/time. Service Area: Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston & Worcester.

Worcester, MA

Through1/31/30

Regional Environmental Council - Community Gardens Internship

Regional Environmental Council - Community Gardens Internship Organizational Overview The Regional Environmental Council is a grassroots environmental and food justice organization that has been working in Worcester since 1971. The UGROW (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) program is a grassroots, citywide Community gardens network. UGROW is founded on the belief that together we can help create community food security by growing food in our own neighborhoods. UGROW began in 1995 with 1 garden and 1 volunteer gardener with a vision to grow food in the city. Since that time, the network has grown to include 60 community gardens throughout the city of Worcester involving more than 600 volunteer gardeners. 18 of these 60 gardens are school gardens—connecting young people to gardening on the campuses of Worcester Public Schools. Project Overview This position is a good fit for someone looking to develop/expand their skills in agriculture as well as gain experience working in the non-profit sector. UGROW tasks that will be needed starting in April include supporting gardeners at their sites, working on physical infrastructure, dropping off seedlings, some light data entry, and supporting general garden upkeep. All internships are unpaid but provide invaluable insight into: urban agriculture, food justice, environmental justice, non-profit management, and customer service. Interns will learn what it is like working in a hugely diverse city like Worcester and the importance of honoring food justice by working in low-income, food-insecure neighborhoods. Interns are an integral part to the success of the REC’s programs and are part of what makes our programs sustainable. If available through your educational institution, the REC is willing to help interns obtain credit for their work with us. Responsibilities Support garden management needs at our community gardens sites Work closely with our UGROW Coordinator Work with garden coordinators and gardeners Assist with planting/gardening support, garden event development (including workshops, skill shares, garden tours and community gatherings) Other physical/administrative tasks Qualifications Experience with gardening Experience working with diverse populations Strong communication skills Strong organizational skills Ability to lift 50 pounds and enthusiasm for working outdoors Ability to work independently and in a team Reliable transportation required, access to a vehicle is a plus. Ability to work 6-10 hours per week To be considered for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Pat Barnosky at UGROW@recworcester.org. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

Through7/1/20

Office Volunteer (no opportunities at this time)

(We apologize, ESWA does not have any office volunteer opportunities at this time) Assist staff with clerical duties such as: data entry, filing, mass mailings and other necessary tasks. Assigned tasks may be performed weekly or monthly; some are special projects that we need some extra help with. No experience necessary, staff will find a job for the volunteer that matches their skill level. Weekdays Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am—5:00pm; this position has the most flexibility in regard to commitment.

Through1/31/30

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