Indoor Gardener and keeper of green spaces

Organization Details
Organization Name: Rotary Villa Resource Team
Address: 528 Hudson street
Winnipeg MB  R3T 4E3
Organizational Description: The Fort Garry Rotary Villa is an Independent Living Block for Older Adults located in the heart of Fort Garry. We have 123 units and offer congregate meals for lunch and dinner. Our Tenant Resource Team has ongoing activities, events and programs that are run with support from tenants, volunteers and practicum students from Red River Polytechnic, Assiniboine College and the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Social Work. We strive to promote Healthy Aging with funding from Support Services to Seniors and to foster partnerships within community to ensure Older Adults can age in place. Our location is easy to access via transit and we are situated close to schools, churches, shopping and bike trails. We are fortunate to have community gardens and access to green spaces indoors and out making our community a vibrant and unique home for low income older adults.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: We require a green thumb! Our indoor green spaces and gardens need tending. Our common areas have multiple large planters that have some unique challenges but have an enormous amount of potential. Unfortunately we are not staffed to give them the care and attention that they deserve. If you have a passion for plants and want to cultivate some new friendships, then we need your help in bringing our indoor spaces to life, keeping the plants healthy and to generate new ways of utilizing our indoor gardens. This role is a unique opportunity to address food insecurity in our community and to cultivate partnerships and green spaces that all our neighbors can share in for generations to come!
Skills Required: Back round in botany, horticulture/agriculture an asset. We would really love to see a student with a calling towards urban gardening take the reigns here. We have a huge outdoor community garden (with room to expand) and would like to see if we could fundraise money by seed starting/sales as well as growing or propagating our own plants/ perenials or even a fruit orchard. The possibilities are endless, we just need the right folks with green thumbs to bring our vision to life. We share a property line with a church and school and would love to develop our relationship with them to include intergenerational gardening and teaching our future gardeners all about the possibilities for growth & sustainable projects that have a big impact on individuals and our environment. Experience with grant writing and proposals is an asset. As well as a background in procurement since there is yet to be a budget established for this endeavor.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: botany, horticulture/agriculture, urban gardening/planning, environmentalism/carbon neutral education, community development, indigenous teachings/healing gardens, holistic health and wellness.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
This role would entail less during the fall, winter months but more hours in spring and summer depending on the projects we can receive funding for or are approved by our stakeholders. Estimated time commitment in fall & winter is 2 hours per week. Estimated time commitment in spring & summer is approximately 4 hours per week to assess and maintain outdoor green spaces.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are carrying out of court ordered community service
Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Are supported
Speaks French
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Email:
Closing Date: Jun 1, 2022
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