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Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
256 South Occidental Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Posted: January 26 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 4 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionCasa Libre/Freedom House is looking for gardening volunteers to help lead weekly Saturday/Sunday projects and/or lessons for the shelter's residents. The residence contains a greenhouse and garden behind its facilities that we would like to be maintained by the residents and staff as an ongoing project. Some sample lessons could be centered on growing and maintaining plants, nutrition and cooking, sustainability, and developing familiarity with native plants. We hope volunteers would view this opportunity as a therapeutic tool for residents with traumatic histories. Hours are flexible on weekends; while we don't require a firm time commitment, consistency is preferred.
The Casa Libre/Freedom Home is a project of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Inc. It is a licensed emergency and long-term 14-bed shelter for minors under the age of 18 without homes, including unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.
The Center is a non-profit, public interest legal foundation dedicated to furthering and protecting the civil, constitutional, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, prisoners, and the poor.
Responsibilities-Conduct workshops in shelter garden/greenhouse with residents on a weekly basis (on various topics above)
-Give direction to shelter staff and assign residents duties during week to maintain garden
-Provide valuable input in proper set-up and use of greenhouse and garden
-Connect to other volunteers to provide special topic workshops for residents
RequirementsMaster Gardener preferred
Knowledge of proper garden/greenhouse set-up
Knowledge of irrigation methods, soil, best plants for maintaining in a resident shelter setting
Special knowledge and ability to connect to local environmental issues/sustainability, nutrition and cooking a plus
Positive, patient, and willingness to interact with at-risk and homeless youth
Bi-lingual Spanish speaker a plus
Sensitivity in working with at-risk and homeless youth a plus
Sensitivity to immigration issues, poverty, and homelessness
SkillsRequired - Gardening, Garden Design, Native Plants, Master Gardener
Preferred - Human Nutrition