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.

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