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Hoop House Helpers - Growing Change in your Community

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Hoop House Helpers
Volunteers working in our 20 organic hoop houses

Join us on the Urban Farm and work to create a place to grow - both for our 15 acres of organic farmland and our hundreds of ServiceWorks job training participants. By participating in our work on the Urban Farm, you are supporting people in our community who are experiencing housing instability, unemployment, and food insecurity. This summer, we're also growing 15,000 lbs of organic produce for Feeding America!

Work with our Urban Farm team to produce a greater harvest in 2020! Our Hoop House Helpers support our work by planting, harvesting, weeding, and implementing organic integrated pest management practices to reduce pest damage. Beginning this year our organic produce will support Feeding America affiliated local food banks, supporting those who need it the most in our community.

For the foreseeable future we ask that volunteers pre-register online here. This measure will help us maintain physical distancing of 6 feet, prevent overly crowded work sites, and ensure the safety of all staff and volunteers. Work is available Monday-Friday, with morning shifts around 8-11AM, and afternoon shifts around 12:30-3:30.

In addition, we are asking that volunteers do not work with us if you are feeling ill in any way. Also, if you have been in contact with an individual who is being tested or has tested positive for Covid-19 please do not work with us at this time. We appreciate your dedication to our mission, but in the interest of everyone’s safety and well-being, we ask that you wait until you’re feeling better. Masks or face coverings are not required, but you are encouraged to bring one.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for an ongoing project, and someone looking to keep a regular volunteer schedule. Hoop House Helpers must be able to keep clear records, comply with organic agricultural practices, and work cooperatively with others from diverse backgrounds. Physical tasks include things such as bending, kneeling, lifting (generally 35 lbs or less independently), standing, and using hand tools for gardening. Please reach out with any concerns, as we are able to make accommodations and have tools such as kneeling pads, etc. A brief 15 minute volunteer orientation is required for all new volunteers.

At Riverview Gardens, our mission is to build dignity through job training and employment, and this all happens at the Urban Farm! Sign up now!

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to build dignity through job training and employment. We serve individuals with multiple barriers to stable employment and empower them to be part of their own solution.


Who We Are

Riverview Gardens is a social innovation non-profit organization with a mission to build dignity through job training and employment. Founded in December 2011, Riverview Gardens is a collaborative transformation of a 72-acre golf course and country club into "A Place To Grow." Our vision is to be recognized as a leader in providing job training for people with barriers to stable employment. We have five interactive social enterprises that provide unlimited job-training opportunities and sources of revenue to support the mission. These are the urban farm, hydroponics greenhouse, community center and park space, maintenance contracts, and Downtown Appleton building. We seek to engage the entire community in addressing the root causes of unemployment, poverty and homelessness through hard work, creativity and human dignity.

What We Do

Riverview Gardens approaches its vision with the core concept that all people have value and can contribute to the community in which they live. ServiceWorks is Riverview Gardens’ no-fail, job-training program that teaches four key transferable work skills to help people obtain stable, permanent employment. Upon completing the 90-hour program, participants are connected to employment and receive supportive services through a three-year Placement Success Program, to ensure progress and stability. Without volunteers, we can not effectively serve our community and our program participants. Join us and find A Place to Grow.



We'll work with your schedule.


242 W Seymour StreetAppleton, WI 54915



  • Farming
  • Agronomy
  • Gardening
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 6
  • Orientation or Training
  • Shifts are 3 hours, either morning or afternoon. Capacity limits are in place, so we are prioritizing those able to work at least one shift/week.
  • Youth under 16 require signed parent/guardian permission & must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on site. At Riverview Gardens, you'll succeed with a positive attitude & are able to work with folks from diverse backgrounds.

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