Kid Power DC is starting the VeggieTime program at our neighborhood schools this year–Amidon-Bowen Elementary and Jefferson Middle School. They organize school gardens, healthy eating education, after school and summer programs.
Here’s the current volunteer opportunities:
Get down and dirty with students in the garden. Whether you are an expert gardener or want to learn how alongside the kids we would love to have you assist our students with garden tasks like planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. (weekly or monthly commitment)
Sometimes our gardens just need a little TLC. If you have a few extra weekend hours a month and know your way around a garden we would appreciate your help keeping our school gardens healthy. (This opportunity does not involve working with students and can be done on your own schedule.) !
Summer Garden Watering
Assist our program with maintaining all of our garden beds during the hot summer months. When school is out and our staff are on vacation the plants still need someone to tend them. Our gardens are located at 8 different sites in various neighborhoods throughout the city. We are looking for people to help between one and three times a week mornings or evenings. All ages and gardening levels welcome! (1-3 days a week, one week – whole summer)
Are you an expert? Have you had an interesting life experience? Do you have an innovative job? Come out and talk to our students about it in a 3 lesson series. You can introduce yourself and your idea/experience and work with students to build a service learning project around that idea. (once 3-5 visit commitment)
Working at Farmer’s Markets
Help students run their own Farmers’ Market produce stands at various locations around the city. This is a weekend opportunity for you to see the business side of our gardens. Assist groups of 2-5 students in bettering their public speaking abilities as they engage customers and increasing their math skills by getting the opportunity to handle real money in a real world situation. Our markets are run from 10am to 12:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We provide all the materials and a brief training. (once a month) !
Do you like to cook? Come help Kid Power share nutritious recipes with student families and community members at our Family Cooking Nights and Farmers’ Market cooking demos. We need everything from sous chefs to head chefs to waiters. (once a month) !