5 reasons to volunteer for PNA Village Gardening Day on May 14!

5 reasons to volunteer for PNA Village Gardening Day on May 14!
By mattc

Our PNA Village program is seeking volunteers to garden for our elder neighbors on Sat, May 14 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. There are more weeds and overgrown gardens than ever before so we need as many volunteers as possible!

“This is an easy way to make a big difference in the lives of others. You’ll beautify an elder neighbor’s yard and garden, and make them so happy. It will mean the world to our members that you took time to help them,” shared our Village Program Manager Rebecca Fogarty.

Please email Rebecca at [email protected] RIGHT NOW to sign up.

You don’t need to have any gardening experience, just a desire to make a difference in our community. We’d love for you to sign up with your family (including kids!) and friends.

We promise that our Village Gardening Day will a fun, memorable experience. Still on the fence? Here’s why gardening with us on May 14 is the perfect way to spend a spring Saturday!

1. You will bring joy to your elder neighbors

Smiling group of volunteers before gardening.

Gardens are an oasis for many people. On Village Gardening Day, you’ll create that peaceful space for folks who need help maintaining it. Village member Linda Laing shared, “Much of my happiness in life comes from observing and being close to nature. During the pandemic, with my mobility issues, that is primarily in my backyard. The help of the Village in making it a pleasant place to be is a treasure.”

 

2. You will build community

Smiling group of volunteers gardening, with one in some bushes.

You will meet diverse neighbors, create shared experiences, and have fun while building a greener, stronger, and happier community on Village Gardening Day. Volunteer Linda Messier shared, “Gardening as a volunteer with the Village always brings me joy! I love working with the homeowners to understand their needs, whether it’s beautifying their spaces or just general clean-up. I feel like I get more than I give. It’s fun!”

 

3. Gardening can be good for you

Volunteer trims a shrub.

Getting outside, feeling the earth in your hands, and creating beauty can relieve stress, improve your mood, and make you feel more at peace. Gardening with others spreads happiness!

 

4. Gardening can help build self-esteem

No green thumb? No problem! Pull weeds, plant flowers, and help without worry. Everyone will appreciate your assistance and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment seeing beautiful yards and gardens afterwards!

 

5. You may soak up a healthy dose of Vitamin D

Two volunteers help trim plants in a front yard on a sunny day.

This is Seattle–need we say more?

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To help keep everyone safe, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including booster, is required to volunteer on Village Gardening Day. A negative PCR test from within 72 hours of the event will also be accepted.

Please email [email protected] by May 9 to sign up. We need as many volunteers as possible. Let’s make a difference together during Village Gardening Day on May 14!