Corporate Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering in the fields with America’s Grow-a-Row is a fun and unique way for your team to make a long-lasting impact on the overall health of New Jersey. You also get to work outside, get some mild exercise, strengthen your teamwork, and learn a new skill! If you are interested please, fill out this group volunteer form. Please direct any questions about holding a volunteering/team building event to Julie Rusin.
Extend your experience! Volunteering events are usually held from 9am-12pm. If you’d like to extend your team building or corporate social responsibility day, we recommend that you consider a wine tasting at Pittstown’s very own Beneduce Vineyards located only 7 minutes away! For more information, please reach out to Beneduce’s Event Coordinator, Jen, at (908) 996-3823 or [email protected]
What does a volunteer outing look like? Your team could be planting, harvesting, or gleaning (rescuing) produce for our neighbors in need. You will be in the rural setting of one of our farm locations. Your team will have the opportunity to enjoy their time in the field while engaging in creative problem solving and team building. No prior experience is necessary and AGAR staff are always on site.
How many people can I bring? For group events, we request a minimum of 10 volunteers. We have had as many as and over 200 volunteers at an event. If you have a smaller group and are coming out at a time when we need many hands in the field, your team may be joined by others in the field. You are welcome to stay with your group.
How much time should we reserve? Most groups volunteer from 9am-12pm on weekdays. We have limited weekend and evening slots available. Groups are welcome to come early and bring breakfast and/or stay late and have a picnic lunch.
Where do we go for our event? Our two main farm locations are in the Clinton, NJ area and are less than 15 minutes apart. From September to November we also glean apples in Chester (Riamede Farm) and Hope (Longmeadow Farms). More hands are always needed for harvesting!
What produce will we plant or harvest? We grow nearly everything that thrives in the Garden State: corn, green beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sweet potatoes, asparagus, cucumbers, cantaloupe, zucchini, yellow/summer squash, apples, peaches, plums, pears, and nectarines. What you pick or plant depends on the seasonality of the crop.
Where does the food go? NJ Food Banks or smaller hunger relief agencies pick up the produce from our farms to deliver the food across New Jersey. Ask us about our sponsorship package that allows corporate groups to personally donate a portion of their harvest to the agency of their choice.
What should we bring? Dress for the weather (rain or shine, cold or hot) and dress to get dirty! Please wear closed toed shoes. We recommend that you also bring the following: sunscreen, bug spray, hats, work gloves, and filled reusable water bottles.
What about the weather? We can pick rain or shine, or we often wait out thunderstorms. We keep in touch as the date of your event approaches to give you ample notice in the event of a change. We do not book rain dates, but we can always try to reschedule in the case of a cancellation.
How do we book our event? Fill out our Group Volunteer Form or contact Julie Rusin, Director of Programming at [email protected] to schedule your event. We look forward to seeing you in the fields!
Read what past corporate volunteer groups have said about America’s Grow-a-Row and their volunteering experience:
“My colleagues and I have had a working relationship with AGAR that has been going strong for the last two years. Over this time, I’ve come to learn that AGAR is a truly remarkable group of dedicated and caring individuals that work tirelessly to make sure that those in need, both in and beyond the communities in which they live, have access to healthy food options. The work they are doing throughout New Jersey has real, measurable impact on the everyday lives of those who they help. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the privilege of working with such an outstanding organization like America’s Grow-a-Row.”
-Christopher Oliveri, EMRE Planning – EMPR Embedded Planner at ExxonMobil
“Food is love, so your organization is spreading love throughout the community”
– Ann Henning of Peapack Gladstone Bank
“I don’t think anyone would have guessed we collected that much food in a half day… It’s always a good feeling to get out of our offices and give back to the community and perhaps get out of our comfort zone, and your charity allows us to do that in a very direct way.”
-Tim Knight, Director of Merck Corporate Finance