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What is a volunteer?

Definition: A volunteer is someone who gives time, effort, and talent to a need or cause without profiting monetarily.


FoodWaves seeks volunteers that are interesting in:


1) Supporting FoodWaves mission in anyway needed (i.e. projects not related to             food);


2)  Working at the farm or educational gardens to learn more about sustainable    

     farming/gardening techniques.

Volunteers should have the following:


  • Interest in experiencing work on an organic vegetable operation

  • Interest in the local, organic food movement and/or food-related issues

  • Ability to work well with a team, a good attitude, communication and organizational skills, as well as be resourceful, self-motivated, and hard-working.

  • Access to transportation 

What is an In-Kind Donation?


Defintion: An in-kind donation is a non-cash donation made to a 501(c)(3). These donations help nonprofit organizations in meeting their goals. Donors to a 501(c)(3) can claim a tax deduction for the value of the gifts that they make in certain circumstances.


Nonprofits can accept donations in cash or in kind. In-kind donations may be made in several ways:


 1) Goods- food, clothing, equipment of various types, machinery, cars, books, and    

     office equipment;


 2) Services- legal and accounting services, mentoring, tutoring, and other types of



In the state of Oregon, an our of volunteer work is valued at $25.43/hour (according to the Independent Sector, April 11, 2019). So, if you volunteer at the farm for 4 hours, then your time has a value equivalent of giving $101.72 to the organization.

These service related in-kind donations reveal the value of the nonprofit in a community. So, the more volunteer hours given, then the more the community believes in the mission of the nonprofit.

So, to learn more about volunteering on the farm, at an educational garden, at the farmer's market, at our fundraisers, or at one of the events we participate in, click the appropriate "buttons" at the top of the page, thanks!

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