Summer Social Work Volunteer

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Homeless Garden Project

  • 1 person is interested

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990 and based in Santa Cruz, California, provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In complement, HGP operates a thriving community education and volunteer program serving more than 2,000 people each year. Our programs take place on our 3.5 acre Organic farm and related social 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.

Social Work Volunteers work under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker on staff.


  • Assessment
  • Service planning
  • Advocacy and referrals
  • Counseling


  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and set and meet deadlines
  • Dependability and flexibility in approaching challenges
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and to HGP’s mission and values
  • Excellent ethical standards and personal integrity
  • Good listening skills
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

Intern Will Gain:

  • Experience working in nonprofit social service setting
  • Familiarity with community resources
  • Counseling skills
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, service planning and evaluation

Application Procedure and Deadlines

Send your resume and a cover letter to Darrie Ganzhorn at . Applications accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. All applications should be submitted by May 1st. Applications will be reviewed as they come in.

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.

2 More opportunities with Homeless Garden Project


Fri May 31, 2019 - Sat Sep 07, 2019
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM  


30 West Cliff DriveSanta CruzSanta Cruz, CA 95060






  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Work Schedule/Time Commitment: Schedule: 12-16 hours/week; Tuesday/Wednesday or Wednesday/Thursday, 9-3pm or 9-5pm Orientation: May 31st, 2019 (10:00am-2:00pm) Start Date: May 31st, 2019 End Date: September 7th, 2019

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