Opportunity Details

Environment/Science, Health & Wellness
Low-income Communities
Garden Creation or Maintenance

Age Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age:16+

South Merrill Community Garden with NeighborSpace

The South Merrill Community Garden, located at 7032 S Merrill, is an intergenerational garden group dedicated to facilitating peace in the neighborhood. The garden memorializes Troy Law, a former student of O'Keeffe Elementary School, who died as a result of domestic violence. It also serves as a counterweight and positive influence in a neighborhood that has been impacted by gun-, gang-, and drug-related violence. Through your efforts, you will provide area families with a safe and beautiful oasis, inspire neighbors to take ownership of this beautiful garden space and become active participates in its future upkeep. So, come prepared and dressed to get dirty; old clothes and closed-toe shoes strongly recommended. Depending on the season, volunteers will perform a variety of garden tasks including planting, weeding, watering, and maintaining walkways. Community work days are typically scheduled on Saturday's from 11A-1P. The South Merrill Community Garden kicks off their gardening season in April and it extends through October.

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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