Opportunity Details

Low-income Communities
Garden Creation or Maintenance

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:16+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Drake Gardens with NeighborSpace

Take part in tending a peaceful community garden. Volunteers will perform a variety of garden tasks including planting, weeding, watering, and maintaining walkways. Through this work, you will provide area families with a safe and beautiful oasis and inspire neighbors to take ownership of the gardens and participate in future upkeep.
  • Come prepared and dressed to get dirty; old clothes and closed-toe shoes strongly recommended.

  • Easy El access: Brown Line

Partner: Drake Gardens is located in the midst of a dense residential block, and the site used to host a synagogue. The congregation donated the land after knocking down and closing the temple, and it has since been transformed into the community garden that brings neighbors together. Drake Gardens has been a Chicago Cares partner since 2007 for this project.

Please note that this project is a partner-led program organized and managed by a community-based non-profit or school – not by Chicago Cares.  Volunteers are subject to the sponsoring organization’s protocol when verifying hours and sustaining injuries, losses, or damages.  Chicago Cares helps our partners out by recruiting volunteers through our free online calendar and also provides partners with volunteer management training, coaching, and technical assistance.  Chicago Cares will not follow up with you about this project; the partner organization is responsible for all volunteer communication.  Please contact the organization directly with any project-related questions.  For any questions about the Chicago Cares website, please contact us at info@chicagocares.org.
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