Come and get your hands dirty!
Bring a Group
Groups of 5 people or more are scheduled to ensure we are prepared with the right sized project and equipment. Fill out the form below to tell us more about your group and when you would like to come!
Individuals and families can stop by our Grafton location to volunteer between 9 and noon, Monday-Saturday, May-October (check Facebook for up-to-date openings and closings).
Our Team Leaders work with CHP Field Staff and Interns to represent the organization and ensure a positive experience for the over 10,000 volunteers that work with us.
A Few Things Before You Volunteer
Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds come together on our farms to grow fruits and vegetables for their neighbors in need. From starting seeds in the greenhouse and planting seedlings in the spring, to tending, harvesting, and washing the crops all summer long and into the fall – our volunteers do it all! It’s hard work but we make it simple enough that everyone can make an impact regardless of age or experience. You will meet great people engaged in rewarding work that has amazing end results. Come join the fun!blank
We welcome groups of all ages and sizes (from 5 up to 100) at our North Grafton location (May 1-October 21), and groups (up to 30) of high school age and up at our Harvard location (September 4-October 15). Volunteer shifts are 9am-noon, and begin with an information session. Don’t wait to schedule – the calendar fills up fast!
We are a working farm and our volunteer activities take place outside except in the case of very extreme weather. To get the full experience wear something you don’t mind getting dirty (and bring a change of clothes if you have to head somewhere right after!). Dress in closed-toe shoes, a hat, and appropriate additions to fit the season (sunscreen, layers, rain gear). All volunteer groups have access to a refrigerator, use of an outside grill, and outdoor picnic tables (or inside tables during inclement weather).
Schedule a Community Group
Schedule a Corporate Group
We love working with corporate groups of all shapes and sizes on our farms! Groups of 5 people or more are scheduled to ensure we are prepared with the proper staffing, project, and equipment. Requests are now being accepted for the 2018 growing season.
Please consider helping to make this work possible by making a tax-deductible contribution of $300 per corporate group, or $5 per person for groups of over 60 individuals. This suggested donation helps defray the costs associated with operating our volunteer farming program and annually donating hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce to hunger relief organizations throughout Central Massachusetts. In addition your support helps us to ensure that we are able to continue to offer this opportunity to a diverse population throughout our community. Thank you for your support!
For more information on corporate volunteering please call (774)551-6544 or email volunteer@community-harv
For more information on sponsorship program opportunities please call (774)545-5409 or email development@community-harvest.
2018 Corporate Supporters
Bank of America
Bay State Savings Bank
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Clinton Savings Bank
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Homefield Credit Union
Milford Federal Savings & Loan
Milford National Bank
Millbury Federal Credit Union
Nypro – A Jabil Company
People’s United Bank
Stop & Shop
Individuals and families can stop by our Grafton farm to volunteer 9am- noon, Monday-Saturday, May-September (groups of 5+ please see “Schedule a Group” above). No orientation, training, or registration required. Children under 16.5 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Season length can vary due to the nature of farming, so check Facebook for up to date openings and closings. Please note we are closed on all major holiday weekends.
You can also volunteer for one of the Committees that help keep Community Harvest Project running. We currently have openings on our Education, Events, and Finance Committees. Please email email@example.com if interested.
Become a Team Leader
Team Leading is an extremely rewarding hands-on experience that involves guiding diverse groups of volunteers in completing various farm activities. Volunteer Team Leaders are the backbone of Community Harvest Project’s success story. Our Team Leaders work with CHP Field Staff and Interns to represent the organization and ensure a positive experience for the over 11,000 volunteers that work with us.
What does team leading involve?
A great Volunteer Team Leader is interested in helping to provide access to fresh produce for the hunger relief network in Worcester County. They have a friendly and engaging personality, and the desire to lead small groups of 6 to 30 volunteers in hands on farm activities. Assisting and leading diverse groups of volunteers from pre-K to senior citizens in farm activities in various types of weather sounds like an exciting challenge. They also want to join a group of Volunteer Team Leaders engaged in presenting a world class volunteer experience. Ready to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be a Volunteer Educator
Our Education Programs occur on and off the farm to give pre-K through 8th grade students a better understanding of where their food comes from, why fruits and vegetables are good for our bodies, and opportunities to taste and cook with produce. We are seeking volunteers with an interest in nutrition, agriculture, and education to assist and lead activities such as planting, farm tours, and vegetable tastings with students. Programs occur April-October, primarily on weekday mornings but also some afternoons. Interested in volunteering? Email email@example.com.