Become a Volunteer


We want all our volunteers to have fun and learn while they contribute to expanding the Deep Roots community. We can customize a volunteer assignment to your time, interests and skills.

We need volunteers with a wide range of skills like planting seedlings, carpentry, installing raised beds, edible garden coaching, volunteer outreach, social media, writing, event planning, database tech, fundraising and a lot more.

What you learn and share as a volunteer can enhance not only your gardening skills but is an enjoyable way to work together to make a positive impact on our community. Everyone can help out as their time permits by choosing activities that they enjoy..

Meet our volunteer teams and supporters at our monthly volunteer meetings on the fourth Friday the month at from 6-8pm at the Good Earth Greenhouse located at 7900 Madison Street, River Forest.

Contact our volunteer coordinator

We are actively seeking volunteers to help with the tasks listed below. For more details contact our volunteer coordinator Estelle Carol at 708-386-7197 and ecarol[at]

Our volunteers work in teams

Core Team – Plans strategy and focus for Deep Roots current and future work

Communications Team – digital communications (website, blog, enewsletter, social media)

Volunteers needed for:

  • Video shooting for workshops, events and interviews

  • Video editing of event footage, creates video photo slideshows for website

  • Photography at workshops and events

  • Social media assistants (posting and monitoring – not writing)

  • Email newsletter assistant (loads text and photos into “MailGet” template)

  • Proofreading and editing

Outreach & Volunteer Team – networking, meeting planning, event tabling, volunteer organizing, collaboration with local groups, printed materials (flyers, posters, brochures)

Volunteers needed for:

  • Assisting the team leader to co-ordinate the team’s work: keeping track of the big picture, organizing the workflow of the team tasks using the Trello project management online tool, helping team members decide what tasks they want to do.

  • Calling DRP volunteers and members about meetings and events, or just to chat

  • Reaching out to schools, congregations and local groups about collaboration possibilities and using our resources

  • Updating spreadsheets with phone call notes, signup sheet info and sales info

  • In person outreach at events (For example, engaging people at Oak Park Farmers market entrance and handing out flyers)

Workshop and Mentoring Team – Planning monthly free workshop, finding answers to gardening questions

Volunteers needed for:

  • Edible gardening mentors

  • Helping plan workshops

Outdoor and Build Team – Builds & installs raised beds, plants seedlings

Volunteers needed for:

  • Helping build cedar raised beds in our garage workshop

  • Installing raised beds in yards

  • Filling raised beds with soil

  • Planting seedlings in the “inspiration Edible Gardens”

Sales Team – Marketing online store, customer relations, arranging deliveries

Volunteers needed for:

  • Calling current customers about new products

  • Calling potential customers who expressed interest in our edible garden store through the website or at events

  • Assisting sales manager

Fundraising Team – Grant proposals, grassroots funding campaigns like KickStarter

Volunteers needed for:

  • Proofing and editing grant proposals

  • Researching foundations that specialize in the Deep Roots mission

We welcome donations

Purchases made from the our online edible gardening store fund our vision. We are a 501c3 nonprofit and donations are tax deductible.

Keep in touch

Receive our monthly newsletter and like our Facebook page for information on our free workshops, sales and resources.