Volunteering comes from the heart, the desire to make a difference, to “be the change”. At Groundswell volunteering is all that and more. Each volunteer chooses the roles and opportunities and the amount of time that allows them to have fun, get fit, learn, socialize, have something important to put on their CV, contribute to community and harness their creativity.
When you sign up to volunteer at Groundswell you check the areas you are interested in. when a task in that area comes up you are notified. Each time you are invited to volunteer for an opportunity in an area of interest you can still be comfortable saying ‘no’ it isn’t a fit at the time.
It is only through our volunteers that Groundswell is possible. It is a huge community initiative taking thousands of hours each year. Hours that are generously and willingly donated because it does make a difference. We are seeing more living soil in the valley, reductions in water use, more fresh produce being donated to the Food Bank and more heritage seed being used.
A Few of our Amazing Volunteers Stories
Here is the result of 2 of our creative volunteers Laurie Rabatich and Beth Dasno creating an Instagramable moment of tea with “Garden-ia” for our Invermere Scarecrow Contest. She is gorgeous.. the sign on the table says “Thyme to be thankful” and we surely are on this glorious Thanksgiving weekend.
Groundswell’s Transplant Guru Marion Andrus and her fun team of Shelley Shoemaker, Joanne Espinel, Liz Vanderkruk and Cheryl Schmidt plus some help from Lisa Zavitz, Judy Lane, Linda Stinson planted over 1000 seeds and transplanted them all for Groundswell’s very successful plant sale. The plant sale plays a significant role in the organizations finances and ensures that plants hardy to the valley continue to be grown.
Sandra Howard, Master Gardener and sister Cathy who played the key role in making the Mt Nelson Community garden possible. Sandra shares her gardening knowledge through the Mt Nelson Facebook page and everyday in the garden.
Just A Few of Our Awesome Volunteers
tomatoes and pepper harvest
a place for everyone in the garden
Hannah receiving her volunteer shirt