Volunteer Hours

Updated November 2014

To maintain your plot, each gardener must volunteer at least 8 hours each year. Hours are tallied from November 1 - October 31. Please keep track of your volunteer hours, whether that is watering the community beds, coming to a workparty, or building a birdhouse.

The Department of Neighborhoods will soon be launching a self-serve system for reporting volunteer hours. We'll include information here when we have more. The system is expected to be online in January 2015, if not sooner.

In the meantime, keep records of your volunteer hours so that you can enter them when the system comes online.

Do you mean 8 hours must be volunteered annually? Because when you say season I'm thinking (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). The City of Seattle website says it's 8 hours per year.

"Care for your plot and pathways year-round and contribute 8 hours for the whole garden (not inside your plot) each year, four of those hours must be at your garden..."

I'll probably do more than 8 hours; but I just want to clarify what you mean by "season."

By bevfilm

I just got confirmation that the "Season" is November-November -- and that any hours recorded before plot assignment in 2012 WILL count.

By Stephanie Krimmel
janeylyn's picture

Hi there - I might have misunderstood this but I attended the 5/10 "Keeping it Watered" class at the Upgarden. Do those classes count for Volunteer Hours? I thought I understood that the time DID count but in all of the emails and on the website, I can't seem to validate that. Thanks for any clarifications.

By janeylyn

Hi Janeylyn, this is a good question! I'd suggest you ask Bonnie (her email address can be found in our weekly emails) and reply back here what you find out!

By Stephanie Krimmel

The DoN database is not up yet (as of July 2015), so we have an interim solution. To record volunteer hours, email uptownvolunteers@gmail.com with the following information: Plot Number, Gardener Name, Time Spent Volunteering (rounded up to nearest 15 minutes), Date, What was done (e.g. "watering lawn").

By Stephanie Krimmel

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