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There are many different volunteer opportunities for individuals at SMSJ! From our work in the E.D.E.N. Gardens to serving as a worship leader on Sundays, we have plenty of different options in how you can give your time and skills. Regular volunteer opportunities include:
Whether you are looking for a long-term commitment or a one-time opportunity to dig around in the dirt, our E.D.E.N. Gardens always need your help! Join us during a weekly volunteer time at one of our gardens or sign up to be a garden captain. Garden work includes but is not limited to seed starting, weeding, planting, mulching, and harvesting.
Our weekly food pantry provides food and hygiene supplies to neighbors in need and is entirely run by our amazing volunteers. Food pantry tasks include keeping inventory of food on-hand, placing orders with Foodlink, unloading Foodlink deliveries, bagging food baskets, and distribution.
From July through September, we sell fruits and vegetables at reduced prices at our weekly farm stand. Led by volunteers, our farm stand runs from 9:30am - 12:30pm on Saturdays and sometimes includes cooking demonstrations and live music!
We are always looking for individuals who are interested serving as worship leaders. If you attend Sunday Services (or would like to start!) and are looking for a more engaging role, participating as a worship leader is a great opportunity.
To learn more about becoming a regular volunteer at SMSJ, please send us an email! A staff member will follow up with what our current needs are and be sure to connect you with volunteering opportunities that work with your interests and schedule.
Volunteer as a Group
We love having volunteer groups at SMSJ! We have hosted groups of all types, ages, and sizes and would love to find a project for you and your group to tackle. Recent group volunteer projects include:
Participants built a new fence for the Children's Garden at Rosewood Terrace and installed four new raised beds at our 1199 Culver Rd. Garden
Over 20 members of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity
RIT Fraternity Volunteer Day
Excellus BCBS Volunteer Day
Participants built raised beds, unearthed faulty irrigation lines, and mulched paths at the Children's Garden at Rosewood Terrace.
Buffalo Church Volunteer Day
Over 35 youth and adults from three churches of the United Church of Christ
Participants moved and filled raised beds, cleared brush, and assisted in landscaping water-logged sections of the Denver Training Garden.
University of Rochester Wilson Day
30 students from the incoming class of 2025
Participants completed landscaping projects and our 1199 Culver Rd. Garden and Children's Garden.
Bloomfield Day of Caring
Over 45 children of various ages from Bloomfield school district
Participants painted murals on the Denver Training Garden fences and prepared garden beds for planting.
If you would like to bring a group of volunteers to work at the church, let us know and we will find a project for you and your team to work on!
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