Volunteer with City Fruit

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us! We love all of our volunteers, and would love to see you join us!

City Fruit volunteers give their time in many ways to help support the mission of promoting the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, prevent food waste, and build community. 

One-time Volunteers

If you’re interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity, we host orchard stewardship work parties throughout the year!  These tend to last 2-4 hours on Saturday mornings and include:

  • winter pruning
  • spring mulching
  • spring tree-planting
  • summer pruning and fruit bagging
  • summer and fall harvest
  • fall orchard clean-up and
  • winter Integrated Pest Management. 

We provide on-site introduction to tools and practices and also welcome experienced volunteers who can share their perspectives as well. Volunteers who participate in three or more events receive a free City Fruit t-shirt!

We also offer one-time opportunities for corporate groups to volunteer with us that can be hosted during the work week.

Repeat Volunteers

Repeat volunteers are those whose work may extend beyond one day or event. Some of these opportunities are available year-round, while others are harvest-specific.

  • RECRUITING NOW! Neighborhood Ambassadors: Weekdays during harvest season. Volunteers assist our harvest team in gleaning from City Fruit registered fruit trees located within your neighborhood.  It is a great way to further develop leadership and harvest skills! For a full description of this role, click here.

  • Tabling at farmers markets and at our Fruit-4-All pop-ups: Generally on Wednesday and Friday evenings or Saturday mid-mornings from late July to October. Volunteers should sign up for three or more dates to support staff prepare and distribute fruit to community members and talk to community members about City Fruit's work and how to register trees or get tree care support.

  • Door-to-door flier distribution: Flexible opportunity, May-October. Volunteers are asked to distribute door-tag fliers in their own neighborhoods whenever they are out walking or see trees with fruit in their neighborhoods. 

  • URGENT NEED: Language volunteers: Flexible, year-round opportunity. We are in the process of translating our website and other City Fruit information and training materials into the most commonly spoken languages in Seattle outside of English - Vietnamese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Spanish, Amharic, Somali, and more. Volunteers would help translate or read over translated materials to provide feedback on translations.

  • Peer-to-peer fundraisers: Flexible, year-round. Volunteers may participate in our GiveBig campaign in April/May or may also create their own social media fundraiser for us at any time! If you have any ideas to help, please email [email protected]. Thanks to peer-to-peer fundraisers last year, we raised nearly $15,000! We thank all of our volunteers and donors for the generous support over the years!

Interested in learning more? Contact City Fruit's Community Growth and Impact Manager, Tiare Gill, at [email protected].

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Our volunteer and staff's safety is our top priority. City Fruit follows the State and CDC guidelines to ensure our work parties are safe for all parties involved. Since our volunteer events primarily happen as a gathering of people in a public space, we are taking extra precatuions to make sure our community stays safe and healthy! If you are looking to volunteer, please read through our COVID-19 guidelines beofre signing up. We hope to see you out there! 

City Fruit Volunteer Guidelines for COVID-19

The wellbeing of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, and we only ask you to commit to volunteering if you are safely able to do so.

  • All volunteers must wear masks and gloves, and practice six feet of distance from one another at all times. We kindly ask that you bring your own mask and gloves, or let us know in advance if you do not have access to them. To ensure the safety of our volunteers and staff you will only be able to participate if abiding to this guideline. 

  • If you currently have a cough, fever, or any respiratory illness, have a heart conditin, lung disease, diabetes, or any other serious health condition, volunteering in group may not be suitable for you. 

  • Please stay home if you or anyone in your household have been in close contact with anyone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, or if you yourself have experienced a dry cough, fever, or other Covid-19 symptoms within the last 14 days.

What City Fruit is doing to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers
We will provide hand sanitizer, and every tool will have been sanitized and cleaned according to CDC guidelines before and after each event. Each tool will be assigned to only one person for the event. We will be making sure that everyone stays at least six feet apart. The gloves provided will be washed before and immediately after use. The number of volunteers will be limited to five, but have no fear there wil be a waitlist created. So please sign up because people often cancel at last minute. 

Thank you for following our safety guidelines, and we look forward to seeing you out there!

Register as a Volunteer!