Volunteering with Angelic Organics Learning Center is a practical and meaningful way to make a difference in your community. Volunteers play a vital role in our efforts to build healthy local food systems.
Are you interested in...
- Volunteering to help build a local food system?
- Performing volunteer work with others who share a love of food and the land?
- Contributing your time and skills to an organization that you believe in?
- Broadening your resume and/or life experiences?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please check out the volunteer opportunities below. If you don’t see something that matches your skills or interests, please email us or call us at 815.389.8455.
Potential Volunteer Opportunities:
Animal Crew Volunteer
Come out to the farm and help with regular morning or evening chores, barn constructing, fence repair, compost pile building, mucking the barns, putting up hay, milking goats, and more. Please email Tom or call us at 815.389.8455.
Learn how to bake bread and pizzas in our outdoor earthen oven, then return to help visiting groups with their baking projects. Projects typically take 4-5 hours total, and include starting and maintaining a fire, then monitoring and managing the baking. At our rural location, about 90 miles from Chicago. Please email Liz or call us at 815.389.8455.
Roll up your sleeves and support our workshop instructors with some dishwashing! Our cheesemaking classes, children's programs, and other cooking workshops go much more smoothly with an extra set of hands to help with clean-up. It's a great way to attend some of our cooking classes! Please email Liz or call us at 815.389.8455.
Chicago Urban Agriculture Volunteer
Move mountains of compost! Beautify vacant city land! Get your hands dirty with youth and adult gardeners; help plant, weed or water; build small garden structures; or lend a hand behind the scenes with research or technical assistance, all with our Eat to Live project in Englewood. Please email Martha.
We're looking for volunteers with communications, media, and design experience to join our Communications Committee, help with media and community relations, design templates for new communications materials, and do layout of publications. Help us get the word out to your community! Please email Jessie or call us at 815.389.8455.
Want to help us bring our work to life in print and online? We're looking for a strong writer with a knack for telling compelling stories and the time to get to know our work and conduct interviews with our staff and program participants. Help with our newsletter, website, annual report, and other publications. Please email Jessie or call us at 815.389.8455.
Good Food Gathering Host
Looking for a fun way to support the Learning Center? Make your next dinner party, cocktail party, or picnic a Good Food Gathering that connects your friends with local food and farms. As the host, you commit to raise $500 by asking guests to donate what they would pay for a similar night out. You invite your friends, family, and colleagues and provide the food and the venue so that 100% of proceeds benefit the Learning Center’s work to build local food systems. We provide a sample email invitation and informational materials, and can send a representative to your event to share more about our educational programs. Please email Jessie or call us at 815.389.8455.
Farm Office Volunteer
Enjoy "indoor" work surrounded by the great outdoors? We need help quarterly with file management, tabulating program data, and occasional mailing preparations. Be a regular part of the team or call us when you have time! Please email Kellie or call us at 815.389.8455.
Farm Garden Volunteer
Come regularly to the farm to help tend the Learning Center's garden that we use with visiting groups. Finish up weeding, help plant, and help maintain paths. Please email Liz or call us at 815.389.8455.
Do you have handyperson skills? We need a regular volunteer to work on small projects around the farm. There are trim boards to put on the cabinets, a leaky sink to fix, and an electrical outlet to replace. There is a path to lay, a gate to hang, and some fencing to repair. The list goes on. Please email Tom or call us at 815.389.8455.
On-Farm Education Volunteer
Would you enjoy volunteering with groups that come to the farm to learn about sustainable agriculture? Activities include leading work projects, experimenting with soils, cooking with ingredients from the farm, teaching animal care, or leading food systems activities. We provide training, and welcome the skills that you bring. Please email Liz or call us at 815.389.8455.
Resource Development Volunteer
Do you have experience planning special events? Have you helped raise funds for a cause you believe in? We’re looking for experienced volunteers to join our Resource Development Committee. Help plan special events, advise on development strategy, and reach out to potential supporters while making an important contribution to our mission. Please email Jackie.
Roots & Wings Program Volunteer (Rockford)
Volunteer in one of our Roots & Wings youth gardens in central Rockford. Work weekly with youth in gardens. Help with art projects, cooking and nutrition education, and small business development (value-added products and farmer’s market sales). Please email Danica or call us at 815.963.2131.
Help our staff keep the office side of things running! We are looking for geeks who can help our staff set up new hardware, troubleshoot minor emergencies, and work on networking projects. Please email Tara or call us at 815.389.8455.
Vegetable Crew Volunteer
From June to October
Get down and get dirty! Angelic Organics CSA shareholders are encouraged to come to the farm to walk a day in your farmer’s shoes (or muddy boots!) and to work alongside the field crew. At least one week’s notice is needed. Field volunteering guidelines will be provided. Please email Angelic Organics Farm or call 815.389.2746.
Check out our Wish List for additional volunteer opportunities.