Make an Impact with Us
Volunteers play an integral part in our mission to grow the local food system. Thank you for your interest in getting involved! Available opportunities vary depending on the season and our current programming. We generally have year-round volunteer opportunities, with greater needs and more types of opportunities to participate available spring through fall.
Below are some examples of the areas where volunteers can make the most impact, followed by some frequently asked questions. To get started, complete our brief online application so that we may learn about your interests and availability. We will follow up with you to learn more.
Support the local supply chain by volunteering with our transparent local food distribution service. Market Mobile increases sales for local growers/producers and provides wholesale, home, and SNAP shoppers with a system for buying local food directly from the source.
Provide administrative support for our nutrition incentives program, which doubles the spending power of low income, low access shoppers at the farmers market by providing a dollar-for-dollar match on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Assist our Community Education team in offering workshops for low-income, low-access families at farmers markets (July and August). Help provide cooking demonstrations and local food tastings at schools (preschool to grade-12), senior centers, and hospital cafeterias.
Photography & Videography
Take pictures or short videos of our farmers markets, program operations, farm and food vendors, and more. They may be used on our website, social media, or other materials (with your credit/tag).
Gleaning/Farm Food Rescue
Make a difference in your community by picking fresh fruits and vegetables for your friends and neighbors in need. Gleaning volunteers register, sign waivers, and are then notified of upcoming gleaning trips — all directly with the Hope's Harvest program team. Learn more and get started.
Make a difference in the life of an underserved teen. Volunteers help in our Harvest Kitchen production kitchen, where staff and trainees turn local produce into value-added products, while pursuing impactful relationships with our youth trainees preparing for the workforce.
Play an important role at our farmers markets by providing assistance to both customers and vendors. Help may be needed at our many seasonal outdoor farmers markets in low-access neighborhoods in RI as well as at our year-round farmers market in Providence.
Local Food Spotlight Writing
Help ensure our local farmer/producer partners and the small businesses that source local food through our services get the attention they deserve. We feature spotlights by our volunteers in our weekly newsletters, on the news page of our website, and on social media.
Help spread the word about our farmers markets, local food events, and community education programs in neighborhoods near you by distributing flyers and other outreach materials.