Urban Retreats Garden Tour Garden Coordinator

Organization Details
Organization Name: 1JustCity at the Pimicikamak Wellness Centre
Address: 621 Balmoral St
Winnipeg MB  R3B 2R4
Website: http://www.1justcity.ca
Organizational Description: 1JustCity is an organization that supports three drop-in community centres in Winnipeg's core neighbourhoods: West Broadway, Osborne Village, and Central. Our services include daily meals, art, senior's programs, sharing circles, haircuts, showers, laundry, toiletries, and clean undergarments. In the winter months we also run the pop up warming centre in Osborne Village: Just a Warm Sleep.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 5139
Description of Duties:

The self-guided garden tour, which includes a tea, craft and plant sale, welcomed over 600 visitors and raised $28,000 in 2023 surpassing our 2022 total by $5,000. In 2020 and 2021 the tour was held virtually due to COVID-19 and raised $18,000 and $16,000 respectively. Volunteers organize and facilitate the tour and funds raised support the vital work of 1JustCity. The 2024 tour will take place in the Charleswood area on June 22, 2024.

Location of the upcoming tour and venue for the Tea, Craft & Plant Sale is decided by the Garden Tour Committee the preceding year. Typically, the tour takes place the fourth Saturday in June and a church or community centre serves as the tea venue.
Once approved, choose a geographic area which may be oblong, oval or square, ideally centering the Tea venue. Drive around the area to get a feel of the residences. Reach out to church, community members or friends for possible contacts of gardeners in the area or who know of gardens which look promising.
June/July (preceding year) - Select gardens, if possible, the last week of June or first two weeks of July. View the front garden, then the back garden via back lane, over hedges, over/through fences, or the yards of next door neighbours before approaching the gardener. Look for gardens that may include: a mix of perennials, large properties, river view, Arizona style, lots of colour, use of mainly shade, water feature, vegetables, natural, bird and/or butterfly sanctuary, environmental emphasis, low maintenance, small gardens, interesting designs, stones and pathways, use of art pieces or decorative items.
Clusters of two or three gardens either side by side or on the same street, make it easier for walkers and parking. Ideally, find wheelchair accessible gardens.

Gardeners working in their yard are often easier to recruit than knocking on doors, but be prepared to do a lot of this! Provide them a ticket from the previous year's tour and describe how the tour works. Explain that this is a fundraiser for 1JustCity and emphasize the importance of the organization. It may take several visits or calls to bring them on board. Require 12 to 14 private gardens and a community one. A situation may arise where a gardener drops out over the winter, so having one or two backup gardens is advisable.
Look for a community feature - could be a public park, river walk, healing garden, railway track or community garden having an educational, environmental component or relates to the values of 1Just City.

September/October - Contact all gardeners to thank them for agreeing to be part of upcoming tour and indicate they can contact you at any time with questions.
January - Request all gardeners email you a few lines describing their garden and/or passion for gardening that will appear as the garden description on the tickets. Follow up if no response received by the March 31st deadline.
April - Review descriptions and edit if necessary. Forward gardeners' names, addresses and descriptions to the ticket designer. Proof read tickets prior to printing to confirm gardeners' names and addresses are correct.
June - Check in with all gardeners, answer any questions or concerns. Inform them that volunteer hosts will be on hand at each garden throughout the tour but encourage them to be present in their garden at least part of the time. Each
gardener receives two complimentary tour and tea tickets, so encourage them to visit the Tea, Craft and Plant Sale. Distribute gardener appreciation gifts (provided by the committee) early in June, to thank gardeners for participating, along with their complimentary tickets. Inform them that a photographer will
visit their garden a few days prior to the tour to take photos.
Make arrangements in early June for gardeners to visit each other's garden during the week prior to the tour. This can be done over two evenings depending on numbers of those participating.
July - Send thank you emails to all gardeners, detailing success of tour.

Skills Required:

Ability to work independently and with a team. Comfortable approaching individuals to seek their participation (cold calls). Ability to communicate effectively, be organized and maintain good records. Basic knowledge of perennials, shrubs and garden design.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

Contribute to services for some of the most vulnerable people in the city, experience camaraderie working with dedicated team of volunteers, and hone organizational skills.

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
Flexible Hours

The majority of time is spent in June and July selecting gardens. This can involve afternoons, evenings and weekends. Travel time depends on distance from home to the tour area. Attend six tour committee planning meetings and report on progress.

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: wesitelead@1justcity.ca
Phone: 204-779-8957
Closing Date: Apr 1, 2024
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