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Summer Social Work Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Homeless Garden Project


The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990, provides job training, transitional
employment and supportive services to people who are experiencing homelessness. In
complement, HGP operates a thriving community education and volunteer program. HGP's
programs take place in a 3.5-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 supports meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. In
addition, SWV fosters trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal
related to a career plan.

Duration of position: mid-May through early September
Schedule: 10-12 hours/week; Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
Thursdays are currently required; social work and staff meetings are held Thursday, 1-2 PM

HGP offers Social Work Volunteers a schedule with some flexibility and choice within the
structure of our trainees’ weekly work schedule. Meetings with trainees take place during their
workday; Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-2:00. Social Work Volunteers work with trainees to find the best
times to meet. Thursdays are currently required; supervision, social work, and staff meetings are
held on this day. Meetings take place in person at our 3.5-acre organic farm.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assessment: work with trainees 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 trainees to available and appropriate
Counseling & Goal Setting: provide support and structure for relevant goal setting.
Desired Traits & Skills:
Good listening skills
Well organized
Appreciation of diversity & commitment to social justice
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Orientation & Training:
Work under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Training in Motivational Interviewing, service planning, and evaluation
Benefits to Volunteer:
Experience working in a nonprofit social service setting
Familiarity with community resources
Develop counseling skills
Gain training in Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology

To apply : Submit your 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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About Homeless Garden Project


30 West Cliff Drive P.O. 617, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95061, US

Mission Statement

The Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project helps men and women gain skills and confidence to enter wider communities. We provide training and transitional employment within a community-supported organic garden. Volunteers have many opportunities to learn about and help in the garden, in the kitchen, and with special events.


The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) provides paid job training, transitional employment, and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In complement, the Project operates a community education and volunteer program that serves over 2,500 people annually. The programs take place at our 3.5-acre organic farm and related enterprises. Volunteers have many opportunities to learn about and help in the garden, in the kitchen, and with special events.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Employment, Homeless & Housing


Mon Apr 11, 2022 - Sun Jul 10, 2022
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Homeless Garden Project FarmShaffer Rd & Delaware Ave.Santa Cruz, CA 95060



  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Schedule: 10-12 hours/week; Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 9-3 or 9-5 Thursday’s are currently required; social work and staff meetings are held Thursday, 1-3 PM Duration of position: 3 months

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