What do Corporate Groups do?
Corporate Volunteer Groups help with existing projects that have been identified by Trustees staff. These include trail clearning/maintenance, garden clean-ups, invasive species removal, scraping and painting projects, etc. The work varies depending on the property, but volunteers can definitely expect to get their hands dirty! Many of our groups perform a variety of stewardship tasks, like trail maintenance, invasive species removal, or garden work. Other groups have engaged in agriculture type work, which includes weeding, mulching, more weeding, and harvesting (when available). If you have a custom project in mind that would fall outside of the scope of this work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What properties are available for groups?
We are open to engaging groups on just about any of our properties. Historically, we have the best experiences on farms (like Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, Powisset Farm in Dover and Weir River Farm in Hingham) or gardens (such as Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover, Castle Hill in Ipswich, or our Community Gardens in Boston).
What is the process for getting involved?
For more information, please complete the request form located here. Volunteer Services will be in touch with you to discuss in detail the logistics about the day.
How many volunteers can you host?
We can host a wide range of volunteers from 6 - 100! We suggest you complete the corporate request form here.
What lunch options do you have?
Many properties are in suburban areas or are close to different food/lunch options. A few properties have catering contracts and could potentially provide lunch with advance notice. Most of our sites have plenty of outdoor seating for lunch.
What should I wear/bring?
Please dress for the weather! We typically will continue a planned workday even in a little bit of rain, so please keep an eye on the forecast. We also ask that you wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and suggest closed toe shoes (i.e. not sandals, flip flops, etc.). Your safety and enjoyment are our primary concerns!
Please also bring sunscreen, bug repellent, a water bottle and snacks. If you enjoy a particular set of work gloves, feel free to bring them as well. We should have everything else covered for the day.
What if we are unable to pay the Corporate Volunteering Fee?
Volunteering at The Trustees should be accessible to all. If you are a non-profit organization or the fee otherwise prevents you from volunteering with us, please fill out the Corporate Volunteer Request form and then reach out to the Volunteer Services Department (email@example.com).