Working with volunteers is core to what we do at Friendship Gardens, we feel that engaging the community helps those serving and the communities that are served. Volunteering with Friendship Gardens comes in many forms and it is our hope we can work together to help you serve the community in a way you find meaningful.

The first step is joining our mailing list so you can stay up to date with volunteer opportunities and program updates. Join our mailing list now.

Volunteer now! Join us at one of these ongoing opportunities.

We are partnering with Hands On Charlotte for all of our volunteer management needs. You will be redirected to Hands On Charlotte’s website for sign-up purposes. You will also need to register an account with Hands On Charlotte (free – 2 minutes) if you have not already done so. Questions – please read the FAQ found here.

Our ongoing volunteer opportunities run March-October at the times and locations below. All ages are welcome. Children need to be supervised by their parents.

Homegrown Garden

Friendship Trays Demo Garden – A garden leader will be there to direct your efforts and answer any questions. We will water, harvest, plant, compost..really, do whatever is needed. Bring gloves and a water bottle. Every Thursday 6pm-7pm (March-Oct). Located behind 2401 Distribution St. Charlotte, 28203. Click here to sign-up for Demo Garden workdays

Friendship Gardens Urban Farm – Join us at our urban farm to help grow food for Friendship Trays, meals on wheels. The 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. March through Oct. 10am – Noon. We will plant, harvest, water, weed, whatever is needed!  Show up ready to work and enjoy the farm, all are welcome. Bring gloves and a water bottle. The farm is located at Garinger High School. Here are directions: go to the intersection of Shamrock and Elkwood (2586 Elkwood Circle, Charlotte, NC 28205). look for signs for Garinger HS. Enter Garinger HS. Turn left to go towards the baseball field and take another left at the gravel path by the field. Park in the grass on the left before you get to the fruit trees and raised beds. Click here to sign-up for Urban Farm workdays

Start a Garden at your Site

Interested in starting a Friendship Garden in your community? Already have a garden and would like to join our network? We would love to talk to you. Each of our garden partnerships are unique and serve both the needs of Friendship Gardens and the host site. There is no set amount of produce that you must donate. Friendship Gardens can help with garden design, consulting, initial volunteer build day, access to workshops, field trips and tours of Friendship Trays and our Demonstration garden on site, free seeds and often free plants. The host site is responsible for general maintenance of the garden: planting, watering, harvesting and transporting harvest to Friendship Trays. If you would like to know more about a potential partnership, please complete this online application and we will contact you soon.


We are continuously working with individuals for internships. We believe that both the organization and the individual should benefit from their time at Friendship Gardens. Please go to our internship page click here.