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!

become a board member

Human Race 5K Fundraiser

You’re invited to walk/run with us at the:

McHenry County Human Race 5K Fundraiser!

The race supports charities serving McHenry County. Each race participant designates what organization will receive the proceeds of their race fee.

The Human Race will support over 50 local charities this year! Plus, over $2400 in cash prizes will be awarded to walkers and runners! Be sure to list Garden Quarter to support our youth and parent programs!


Registration Fees:

Online registration through March 31: $30

Online registration after March 31: $35

Race day: $40

Can’t Participate? Sponsor a Youth!

Sponsor a student from the Resource Center to participate in the race!

– $15 to sponsor students 10 and under

– $35 to sponsor students 11+
Agustin, a 2013 sponsored youth, placed first in his age group!

Agustin, a 2013 sponsored youth, placed first in his age group!



Sunday, April 27th

Race starts at 9 a.m.



1391 Corporate Drive

McHenry, IL 60050

Help us reach our goal: 70 participants! 

Click here to register!