People's Park & Gabi's Garden is a unique public space in the city of Albany. Gabi's Garden is a free-food garden with no fence, that raises food for the Albany Free School and to give away to neighbors. We are located on a busy street in a low-income neighborhood. There are three homeless shelters within 2 blocks and a large number of marginal people pass by on Grand Street or spend time sitting in the shade in the garden.
In order to support the health of the garden and general public health, we are looking for someone or a group to design and build an outdoor handwashing station. We had posted this call earlier this year. A few people were interested but we never settled on a final design.
As we move into winter, we hope that an interested volunteer will pick this up as a design project for winter, and then we can build it in the spring after ice melts.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About The Free School
8 Elm Street, Albany, NY 12202, US
Free to learn.
Founded in 1969, The Free School in Albany, New York is the longest running inner-city independent alternative school in the United States. We provide a unique alternative to traditional models of education by offering children a self-directed approach to their learning. Students at our school, many whom have slipped through the cracks of today’s regimented test-driven school system, flourish in a nurturing environment that allows them the freedom to chart their own course of learning while fostering emotional growth and inter-personal skills.
At The Free School, students not only learn the traditional academic subjects, but also valuable lessons about responsibility, problem solving, social justice and most importantly, how to relate to each other. We have always placed great emphasis on student’s emotional well being, fostering loving, caring relationships and developing a community of engaged learners. It is our focus on community building that encourages students to follow their dreams, contribute positively to society, and become voices for change.
The Free School has an active garden program at our Downtown Albany campus, as well as over 200 acres of forest in Grafton, NY. Volunteer postings on this page include work days and events at the garden and Grafton land.