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Opportunity Details

Hunger & Homelessness
Caring for People,Gardening/Planting

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Summer Social Work Volunteer

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990, provides job training, transitional employment and supportive services to people who are homeless. In complement, HGP operates a thriving community education and volunteer program. HGP's programs take place in a 3 acre organic farm and related enterprises. Social Work Volunteers (SWV) work with HGP's Connecting with Community program. SWV work one-on-one with trainees to promote trainees' full participation in our job training and transitional employment programs by addressing needs such as health care, legal issues, transportation and shelter. With SWV, trainees identify goals that will create and sustain their own well-being. SWV monitor trainee progress toward goals and support meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. In addition, SWV foster trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal related to a career plan.


Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Assessment: work with trainee to identify current needs.
  • Service planning: collaboratively develop a plan focused on supports, activities, and resources required to achieve personal goals.
  • Advocacy and Referrals: help educate and connect trainee to available and appropriate resources.
  • Counseling & Goal Setting: provide support and structure for relevant goal setting.

Desired traits and skills

  • Good listening skills
  • Well organized
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field


  • Work under supervision of Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing, service planning and evaluation

Benefits to volunteer

  • Experience working in nonprofit social service setting
  • Familiarity with community resources
  • Develop counseling skills
  • Gain training in Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology

To apply : Submit resume to

The Homeless Garden Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Volunteer Needed 5/17/2021 Through 8/31/2021

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1740 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070

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