Volunteer

Thank you for choosing Fresh Roots! Our organization was started by a dedicated group of volunteers, and we really value your contributions in helping us work towards Good Food For All! Keep reading to see all the ways you can get involved.

 

Board members wanted! 

The Fresh Roots Board is growing! We are looking for new Board members to share their talents and insights to support our vision of Good Food For All

The Board provides oversight through three lenses: strategic (setting priorities and monitoring performance), generative (big picture questions and future-focused thinking) and fiduciary (stewardship of assets and accountability). 

Fresh Roots is committed to ensuring our Board reflects the communities we serve. We strive to ensure a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences are represented on the Board, including ethnicity, gender, age, geography and cultural background. We acknowledge we are not there yet and are committed to bringing new voices and perspectives to the Board.

 

Qualifications


We value a positive and constructive Board culture and seek members who will contribute positively to the Board’s functioning and dynamics. All Board members must demonstrate all of the following characteristics:

  • Care – for Fresh Roots, the team, each other and the communities Fresh Roots serves
  • Collaboration – appreciates that the best ideas and outcomes come from collective brainpower
  • Openness – approaches ideas and opinions with an open mind and a view to understand
  • Contribution – willing to dive in and get it done; low ego and high energy
  • Commitment – committed to thoughtful preparation and showing up to do the work 
  • Aligned – recognizes that food justice is connected to systemic oppression and racism and is committed to promoting equity, justice and diversity 

There are a variety of relevant skills and experiences that add value to the Fresh Roots Board. We appreciate that a balanced Board has a breadth and depth of relevant expertise and seek individuals that bring experience in one or more of the areas outlined in our SKILLS MATRIX, and in particular, the following:

  • Lived experience – firsthand experience as an individual/community member served by Fresh Roots (eg. youth, former program participant/alumni, parents, educators, knowledge keepers)
  • Finance / social enterprise – broad, non-traditional non-profit/social enterprise finance expertise, including knowledge of risk management systems and practices 
  • Education – experience navigating the education system (ideally with an experiential education lens)

Expectations

All Board members are expected to:

  • Commit to the mission and vision of Fresh Roots
  • Contribute in the areas of governance, strategic planning, finance, program oversight, and resource development (human and capital)
  • Make a meaningful and appropriate financial contribution to the organization that works for you
  • Prepare for and attend quarterly Board meetings
  • Support special events as required
  • Act as an ambassador of Fresh Roots 

Commitment


The Board typically meets quarterly. Directors are expected to read all materials in advance and come prepared to contribute thoughtfully to discussions. Board members may be asked to attend ad hoc meetings and/or support specific initiatives between regular meetings. As the Board grows, Board members may be asked to serve on one or more committees.

Recruitment Process

 

PLEASE APPLY HERE with a resume and a short response to the following questions on the application.

  1. What do you hope to gain from being a Fresh Roots Board member?
  2. What do you hope to contribute as a Fresh Roots Board member?
  3. What specific skills and experience do you bring in the areas identified above?

To learn more about Fresh Roots programs and projects please visit www.freshroots.ca

 

Volunteer on Fresh Roots Farms

It’s time to get back outside! If you are looking for opportunities to connect with nature and work on meaningful projects, we’d like to welcome you to volunteer on Fresh Roots schoolyard farms. We believe that being close to the soil, working with plants and having safe ways to connect with each other and our community can have a tremendously positive impact on us as individuals. Not to mention your help has a big impact on our farm sites!

Interested? Join us for a VIRTUAL ONLINE ORIENTATION in April 2022 so we can share a little bit more about our volunteer opportunities, information about signing up, orient you to our COVID-19 safety policies, and answer any questions. (Volunteer intake for 2021 is now closed)

Who can help?

Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome! (If you’re under 14, you’ll need to bring a responsible adult with you.)

What will I do?

We’ll work on different projects around the farm, but you can expect to work hard and get dirty. We’ll supply all the necessary tools, gloves, etc.

What should I bring?

Dress for working outside in the weather (rain gear, sunscreen, hats, layers, etc.). If you have a favourite pair of garden gloves or hand tools, you’re welcome to bring them or use ours. You’ll also want to bring a water bottle and a snack. Please remember to bring your mask!

Team Builds

Our schoolyard farms are bustling with activity and we’d love to welcome your organization for a Team Building opportunity. We’re looking for teams to join us in a range of activities. From cooking healthy meals and making value-added goods, to turning compost, transplanting seedlings, beautifying the space, or building new infrastructure, there is always good work to be done.

If you are a company or group interested in a fun, meaningful way to connect with your team safely OUTSIDE please get in touch! Click here to learn more!

Questions?

We really value your contributions! Everyone comes with a unique story and experience to share, and we are grateful you are choosing to share your time, enthusiasm, and energy with us. We look forward to meeting you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at volunteer@freshroots.ca.