Growing volunteer program develops strong advocates

Since getting its official start in June of last year, the volunteer program at TNDC had about 70 volunteers dedicate over 300 hours to helping some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents. Volunteer support is important to the work that we do, and the results are truly felt in the community.

Summer and autumn were especially busy in the Tenderloin People’s Garden. Volunteers from Square, BlackRock, Zoosk, UC Hastings, and Twitter came out to bask in the sunshine and dig into the dirt.

From rainbow chard to potatoes to artichokes, the garden was incredibly fruitful this season. The efforts of our volunteers enabled TNDC to harvest over 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to distribute for free to hundreds of Tenderloin residents.

When the holiday season arrived, so did a number of dedicated volunteers for our annual holiday meals. Community volunteers served up food in the Alexander Residence and Civic Center Residence, allowing residents to sit back and enjoy the table service of a fine dining experience.

At Curran House, BDO employees brought toys and smiles to children’s faces by helping Santa Claus pass out gifts. Holiday cheer was definitely felt as TNDC staff, residents, and volunteers shared good food and lots of laughs.

Looking ahead, there are expanding opportunities for talented individuals and groups to get involved with the TNDC community.

The Tenderloin People’s Garden is an incredibly peaceful and vibrant environment to spend time in.

This month, we are launching a project to more efficiently distribute donated food to seniors with mobility challenges. Organizing a food or supplies drive, painting and sprucing building common areas, or assisting fundraising efforts are other great ways to make an impact—and learn a new skill!

Join TNDC’s growing group of volunteers!
If you are interested in learning more about how to start volunteering with TNDC, CLICK HERE to fill out an interest form, and Kelly Baker, our Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch!

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