Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty Together!

We are always looking for people interested in volunteering with ASD on a number of projects and programs. If you want to volunteer with ASD, please fill out the form and select the programs you are interested in assisting with.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please look through the volunteer offerings below to see if any of our programs are of interest to you.

Office Assistance

Administrative and Communicative Tasks
  • Answer phones
  • Distribute flyers
  • Support Staff 
  • Fold brochures
  • Greet guests
  • Miscellaneous cleaning, organizing, mailing, envelope stuffing 
  • Input data and contact information into LGL
  • Conduct grant research to identify potential grants for ASD programming
  • Special Projects – create marketing materials, update collateral materials, create videos, archive photo library, photography

Garden Assistance

Grow Your Own, Learning Landscapes, Community Gardens
  • Sort, package, and label seeds and distribute seeds/plants to participants
  • Plant, water, weed and/or harvest produce and herbs for the food pantry
  • Turn compost
  • Organize shed
  • Create and install garden signage 
  • Mow the grass, weedeat (AH also needs this task)
  • Assist with teaching workshops, establishment, maintenance and/or revitalization of outdoor classroom gardens
  • Assist with the Teaching or supervising students, creating and revising curriculum

Event Assistance

Virginia Fresh Match VFM, Appalachian Farmers Market Association, Healthy Families-Family Farms HFFF
  • Research various event costs, such as rental tables, food, plates, cups, etc.
  • Work events, break down tables, photography and other event support activities
  • Work information booth at local farmers markets
  • Deliver promo materials to appropriate organizations/individuals
  • Work booth at events to promote VFM
  • Help with webinars
  • Deliver necessary supplies to local markets
  • Deliver food guides to markets and other businesses
  • Update listings in Food Guide

Farm and Produce Assistance

Value Added, Farm Tour, Practically Perfect, Appalachian Harvest
  • Track inventory
  • Deliver/ship orders
  • Deliver materials to farms
  • Greet guests and help with activities on farm – per farm needs
  • Track demographics, etc. of guests visiting farms on day of tour
  • Bag product per order
  • Print labels and have bags ready for product
  • Deliver product to store locations
  • Sort food pallets for shipment
  • Clean floors/truck loading bay
  • Assist growers with washing/packing product

Workforce Development

  • Volunteers will help trainees build professional and personal skills to succeed in life and work.
  • Peer mentors – college students who will mentor one-on-one to model healthy behaviors; 1 hour week, as needed.
  • Skill sharers – woodworkers, photographers, musicians, artists, anyone with a skill to share who can help develop trainee interests; 1-2 hours a week, as needed.
  • Businesses – businesses that can provide mentorship, job shadowing, and apprenticeship opportunities; 1-2 hours a week, as needed.
  • Professionals – business professionals of all levels who can provide career guidance and training; 1-2 hours a week, as needed. 

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ASD!

What are the Benefits of Volunteering?

ASD’s Volunteer needs vary from a few hours to long-term, regular individual commitments. When you volunteer with ASD, you get:

When you Volunteer with ASD, you’re Making a Difference.

“Working with Appalachian Sustainable Development was an incredible experience for me. The staff are all encouraging and supportive. This volunteer opportunity showed me how influential ASD is with local farmers, food banks, and the community. Watching ASD go above and beyond during this time of need was inspiring. I felt that being a part of that work gave me an outlet to share my skills, and gave me a chance to learn about how agriculture impacts regional sustainability. My photography with ASD led me to a community garden, where proceeds were donated to a nearby food bank. At the garden, I was immediately welcomed by ASD’s staff, and was encouraged to join in the weeding and harvesting. While making videos for ASD, I visited local farms and established rapport with farmers. Being able to know who and where your produce is grown makes an ethical difference, and emphasizes the importance of mindful consumerism. ASD also gave me many opportunities to learn and expand my media experience along with establishing meaningful connections. By volunteering with ASD, I gained applicable experience in my field, which helped ground my resume. The hours were flexible and permitted me to work towards deadlines at my own pace. I truly appreciate all that ASD has done for me and would recommend volunteering with this organization.”

Amy Milligan, Grad & ASD Volunteer: Summer 2020

Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty Together!

We are always looking for people interested in volunteering with ASD on a number of projects and programs. If you want to volunteer with ASD, please fill out the form and select the programs you are interested in assisting with.