Thank you to Garden Day Participants!

Garden Day was rousing success, thanks to all our volunteers and community members. Volunteers and students, plus their young siblings, prepared the garden for this summer’s growing season by tilling, planting seeds, and transplanting seedlings. Others beautified the front beds with wildflower seeds and lots of sunflowers. This annual event capped off our Volunteer Appreciation Week, but we will never stop thanking them for for their hard work and generosity.


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Youth Program Internship Opportunity

We’re looking for a Youth Program Intern!

First, learn about us.

 We are the Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center (GQNRC). We operate a resource center in the Garden Quarter Apartments in McHenry, IL. The community we serve is low-income and predominantly Latino. We currently run youth programs that involve after-school tutoring, one-on-one mentoring through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, group mentoring programs, and a gardening curriculum throughout the summer months. Our youth also receive free resources such as backpacks, snacks, and access to community agencies. We also work with parents by providing office hours with our bi-lingual Parent Program Manager and monthly parent meetings that include topics such as child literacy and parenting techniques. We are also preparing to offer English classes and computer literacy classes for our parents.

 Sound interesting? Want to get involved?

 Perfect! Because we’re looking for a Youth Program intern! [Applications due by May 31st]

 As the Youth Program Intern, you will report to the Youth Programs Manager (YPM). You will assist the YPM in overseeing after-school and summer programming.

While you’re working with us, you might be doing work that would include any (or all) of the following:

  • Playing games, reading with, and hanging out with kids!
  • Supervising after-school and/or summer programming
  • Supervising program volunteers
  • Assisting with volunteer trainings
  • Assisting with fundraising events
  • Assisting with programming and community activities and events
  • Assisting with planning of programming activities
  • Taking student and volunteer attendance and maintaining attendance records

 What would make you a good candidate?

 If you have the following experience, skills, or characteristics either in a professional or volunteer setting:

  • Enthusiastic, flexible, and energetic (you’ll be working with students in 1st grade through high school!)
  • Experience working with youth
  • Experience working with a social agency, specifically with youth and families is a plus
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Strong communication skills: writing, on the phone, and in person
  • Passionate about non-for-profit work, K-12 education, and/or community services

 What’s in it for you?

We are a small not-for-profit organization and cannot currently offer monetary compensation; however, we can offer you a lot of great experience:

  • Understanding of not-for-profit operations
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Experience planning a project from start through to completion
  • Experience hosting volunteer trainings
  • A great opportunity to expand your network in the McHenry County community and nonprofit community
  • A chance to give back to your community in a meaningful and personal way
  • An opportunity to move into a paid position

 What’s the time commitment?

 We are looking for someone willing to commit to three months or more for about 5-10 hours per week depending on your desired level of involvement. Most responsibilities will be completed during programming hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 2:30-5:00, Thursdays from 2:30-6:00, and Fridays from 2:30-4:30.  Some responsibilities can be completed outside of this time, completed on your schedule in your home or at our office. Office space and a computer will be provided to interns during GQNRC operational hours – (generally 2:30-5:30 Monday through Friday). Meetings will take place at the GQNRC office.

 I’m in! Now what?

 Send us an updated resume and cover letter. Even if your resume doesn’t display your passion or experience well, don’t worry: we read all cover letters carefully and strongly consider their content. Tell us why you think you’re a good fit for our organization and what you are hoping to get out of the experience.

Please fill out our Youth Program Intern Application. In addition, send your resume and cover letter to Licia at Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the position. We look forward to hearing from you!



Nuestro Futuro Support

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have been chosen by The Chicago Community Trust’s Nuestro Futuro program! Their support will help to build our capacity and enhance our programming! Thank you so much for your support!

Join us for our Garden Day and Picnic!

We’ll be planting our growing seedlings, planting flowers, getting our garden ready for summer, putting up a new garden sign, and sharing in a picnic!  There will even be prizes to win for all volunteers!




Garden Volunteers Needed!

GQNRC is seeking volunteers to help with our community garden and garden activities with our youth (no gardening experience necessary)!


Background information:

We currently operate a community garden within the Garden Quarter Apartment complex in McHenry, IL. All produce is given to the community’s low-income families. We currently have eight raised beds, a butterfly garden, and a composter. Join us to help keep our community garden growing!

This summer we will not only be maintaining our garden, but we’ll also be engaging our students with hands-on garden activities and projects that incorporate math, science, and reading! We will be working with the University of Illinois Extension – Master Gardeners, the McHenry Garden Club, the McHenry Public Library, A to Z Literacy, and more!


Tasks you may fulfill in this position:

Assisting our program manager to lead group activities

  • Helping a small group of students complete a task
  • Assisting with activities
  • Setting up supplies for projects
  • Overseeing garden activities

Helping to maintain our community garden:

  • Tilling soil
  • Planting seeds
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting


Experience working with youth is a plus! Prefer teachers and those with experience working with groups of youth/students. However, we welcome anyone hoping to support their community and have fun doing it!

You must be at least 16 years of age, undergo criminal background checks, and attend a 1-hour training session outside of program hours.

Training for summer volunteers:

Trainings take place at our site. The training will give you a chance to see our site and our garden, learn more about what we do, and learn more about how to interact with our youth and families. You only need to attend one of the trainings. Summer training days will be:

  • Tuesday, June 10th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 2nd at 4:30 p.m.

Please RSVP for a summer training here 

Dates, Times, and Location:

[You do not have to be available to come every day or for the full three hours; we can work with your schedule to the best of our ability]

  • June 2nd through August 22nd
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-4 pm
  • Location: 4508 Garden Quarter Rd. McHenry, IL

Sign Up!

Interested volunteers should fill out our Volunteer Intake Form. Once you’ve submitted your form we will contact you as soon as we can!

Contact Licia Sahagun, Youth Programs Manager at 815-322-2357 or if you have any questions or concerns.


Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser



Visit the Crystal Lake Chick-Fil-A on Monday, April 28 between 5:00-8:00pm to support Garden Quarter! All funds raised will support our Community Garden! Thank you in advance for your support! 

Professionals Wanted!

We are seeking professionals interested in serving on our Board of Directors

Tasks you may fulfill in this position:

  • Review and update the organization’s mission and objectives
  • Support the Executive Director
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Assist with fundraising efforts
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity while maintaining accountability
  • Monitor and strengthen the organization’s programs and services
  • Enhance the organization’s public standing
  • Recruit and orient new board members; assess board performance

Dates, Times, and Location:

  • Board meetings currently take place monthly on the second Tuesday 7:00-8:15pm at the Resource Center


Contact Ashley Mueller 815-322-2357 or to learn more!

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