Common Threads Farm is a great place to volunteer. Whether your interests lie in education, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, building, environmental stewardship, fundraising or event planning – we likely have an opportunity that’s right for you.
Parents, college students completing internships and culminating projects, work and faith groups, and members of the general public are all most welcome to volunteer! In partnership with schools and Whatcom Farm-to-School, we offer a number of food education-related volunteer opportunities, including the following:
- Support Classroom as Cafeteria: Work with Common Threads Food Educators and/or District Food Service Staff to support salad bars, taste tests, Harvest of the Month lunch days, and other learning opportunities in the cafeteria. September-June.
- Assist with School Garden Education: Assist Common Threads’ Food Educators in facilitating school garden-based classes. Includes hands-on, outdoor-based education with small groups of students. September-October and March-June.
- Classroom Cooking: Work with Common Threads Food Educator to facilitate classroom-based healthy cooking activities. November-March.
- Support New Programs: Volunteer to support students, teachers, and food service staff during the start of new healthy eating programs such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Recess Before Lunch, and Salad Bars. As needed, timing varies.
- Cafeteria Composting: Support students, food service and custodial staff, and teachers in creating and sustaining thoughtful cafeteria composting practices. Requires more time and effort early in year and includes a willingness to be on-site in the lunchroom helping students establish good habits. As needed, timing varies.
- Garden Care: Weeding, watering and planting during the growing season. April-October.
We also offer these other opportunities to volunteer with Common Threads:
- Office & Data Entry Assistance: There are a number of behind-the-scenes tasks that go on to help make food education happen. Ongoing.
- Special Events: A number of special events happen throughout the year and we can use support in the lead-up to these events as well as on the day of. See upcoming events.
- Board Members: A nonprofit board provides governance for the organization. The Common Threads board meets on a monthly basis. Contact us if you are interested in learning more.
- Summer Opportunities: When school is on break, school gardens need help from Summer Garden Angels. We also run summer camps and welcome volunteer help. Check back closer to summer for more information.
Steps to volunteer
- Sign up using the volunteer intake form.
- After you have been contacted by us, attend an individual or group orientation (see upcoming scheduled group orientations)
- If you decide to be a volunteer in schools that we work with, you will need to fill out the Bellingham Public Schools application.
- All volunteers must complete a background check.
- Receive on-site training from a Food Educator or other staff member OR attend a group training session
Optional: We also encourage our volunteers to register online through the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. It’s a great idea to sign up, as you can find out about other volunteer opportunities and track your total volunteer hours over the years!
Common Threads Farm does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, ability, or sexual orientation. We view diversity as an asset and actively seek to cultivate an environment of inclusion and tolerance.