2018 Fall & Winter Social Work Volunteer



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Homeless Garden Project Office
30 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz
United States



The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990 and based in Santa Cruz, California, provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In complement, HGP operates a thriving community education and volunteer program serving more than 2,000 people each year.  Our programs take place on our 3.5 acre Organic farm and related social enterprises.

Social Work Volunteers (SWV) work with HGP's Connecting with Community program. SWV work one-on-one with trainees to promote trainees' full participation in our job training and transitional employment programs by addressing needs such as health care, legal issues, transportation and shelter. With SWV, trainees identify goals that will create and sustain their own well-being. SWV monitor trainee progress toward goals and support meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. In addition, SWV foster trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal related to a career plan.

Social Work Volunteers work under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker on staff.


  • Assessment
  • Service planning
  • Advocacy and referrals
  • Counseling


  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and set and meet deadlines
  • Dependability and flexibility in approaching challenges
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and to HGP’s mission and values
  • Excellent ethical standards and personal integrity
  • Good listening skills
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

Volunteer Will Gain:

  • Experience working in nonprofit social service setting
  • Familiarity with community resources
  • Counseling skills
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, service planning and evaluation

Work Schedule/Time Commitment

Schedule: 12-16 hours/week; Tuesday/Wednesday or Wednesday/Thursday, 9-3pm or 9-5pm

Looking for Commitment from September 18th - June 1st, 2019


  • Training Provided

How To Apply


Send your resume and a cover letter to Darrie Ganzhorn at DarrieG@homelessgardenproject.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. All applications should be submitted by September 15th. Applications will be reviewed as they come in.

The Homeless Garden Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.