Volunteers serve an important role in schools and in the community and can make a meaningful difference for students and program participants. Anyone with an interest in assisting with nutrition education, promoting physical activity, preparing healthful recipes, or establishing a garden as a platform to encourage healthy eating is encouraged to volunteer!
To celebrate National Nutrition Month® in March 2013, Project EAT coordinated with community organizations and neighborhood residents to host 20 neighborhood walks across the East Bay. Let’s Walk! “Communities Walking for Health” was a success, and several walking groups are continuing to meet. If you would like to join an existing walking group or start a new walking group, let us know! Walking captains greet participants and lead the walk. As a captain, you determine the day, time, and route for the walk. If interested, please fill out and return the Walking Captain Registration Form.
If you enjoy gardening or showing others how to grow their own healthy food, then you may want to become a Garden Guardian! Most schools have a garden, but it takes regular care to keep them active, vibrant places of learning for students. Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry, we need summer volunteers to water the gardens and harvest ripe fruit and vegetables. We also need volunteers who have skills in landscape design, carpentry, construction, and irrigation. If you don’t have time, but would like to support a school garden, we gladly accept donations of wood, shovels, rakes, gardening tools, wheelbarrows, watering cans, garden gloves (youth and adult sizes), twine, fruit trees, seeds, plants, soil, compost, and woodchips.
Promotores de Salud (Health Promoters)
After attending our Bridge to Health Series, you may be inspired to share the knowledge you’ve gained with others, especially in the Spanish-speaking community. Project EAT refers interested participants to Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center’s Promotores Program. The program offers free training to men, women, and youth over 16, who are interested in sharing health information and directing community members to local resources. Graduates of the Promotores program have gone on to support Project EAT by volunteering at health fairs and community events or becoming a program assistant for the Bridge to Health program.
Champions for Change
Champions for Change are people who are committed to helping their families eat more fruits and vegetables, be more physically active, and prevent serious health problems. These health problems include obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain types of cancer. They are also involved in making healthy changes in their neighborhoods or in their child’s school. Visit the Network for a Healthy California Champions for Change website to learn more on how to become a champion for your health, your family, and your neighborhood.