Volunteers currently support general Memphis Tilth operations and our programs. Since our work is seasonal, different programs have volunteer needs depending on the time of year, providing a vast array of engagement opportunities for interested volunteers. In particular, volunteers play a critical role in helping us start and sustain community gardens.
Large projects such as building, planting, mulching, and harvesting garden beds are ideal for high volunteer engagement. Working with volunteers also helps us strengthen our ties with the community; we often engage volunteers from local universities, businesses, and congregational groups.
Our programs also have many administrative needs, especially in administering events and communications. We invite interns, fellows, and sustaining volunteers to work with us on an administrative level to gain a stronger understanding of nonprofit management.
Volunteers currently assist Memphis Tilth operations with events, development activities (Salesforce), and clerical needs. Volunteers also help the Grow Local program with garden labor, events, community outreach, and general administration. Farm Direct volunteers help with packing produce bags, community outreach, and general administration.
Volunteers are a critical part of our success at Memphis Tilth! In 2018, Memphis Tilth volunteers accumulated over 2,000 hours with over 200 volunteers of operational and programmatic support.
According to the Independent Sector in 2018, “the estimated national value of each volunteer hour is $24.69. The value of volunteer time is based on the hourly earnings (approximated from yearly values) of all production and non-supervisory workers on private non-farm payrolls average (based on yearly earnings provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) for the national average. The national average is increased by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits. Independent Sector, in partnership with IMPLAN, indexes this figure to determine state values.” That means that in 2018 alone, Memphis Tilth’s value of service was $24.69 X 2,084 hours = $51,453.96!
Take a look at the calendar below to see more volunteer opportunities with Memphis Tilth. Without your support, our work could not be possible.