Happy volunteersThe success of the Plant Exchange is really a reflection of all the wonderful volunteers who make this happen. A few people giving a couple of hours of their time makes all the difference.

If you can help out, please fill out the Volunteer Formemail us, or call 510-866-8482. Thanks so much for your support!

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Workdays

Volunteers with plantsJoin us for our Saturday workdays where we do things like: plant trees, build shelves, repot donations, build raised planter beds, etc. Our warehouse is on the grounds of Ability Now Bay Area which provides services to people with disabilities and our projects often serve both communities.

Volunteers of all skill levels welcome! We have lots of activities to choose from. For dates and times, email us or call 510-866-8482.

Before the Exchange

In the weeks before the plant exchange we need help doing a variety of tasks. Volutneers at our eventMost only about 45 minutes. Some are performed at our event space, around town, or in our downtown Oakland office. The activities include:

  • Pick up of plant donations from local nurseries
  • Put up posters in store windows
  • Paint signs
  • Distribute flyers
  • Help with PR
  • Post online to event calendars
  • Contact service organizations
  • Repot early drop-off donations
  • Take photos of silent auction and store items

At the Exchange

We have various stations where you can help out. You can stay at one station for the entire shift or you can change and try something new. Learn More

Team Captain Opportunities

Team Captains are the people the volunteers report to for instructions for a given station. The captains participate in one meeting before the event. Learn More

We need Team Captains for:

Accessories Tables Quality Control
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Runners
Breakdown Set-Up
Drop-Off Silent Auction
Event Recorders Store
Exit & Pick Up Traffic
Hold Vendors
Plant Tables Welcome and Info

Many of our volunteers have been involved since the beginning in 2007! They keep coming back because it is easy, fast and fun. (In other words, no one gets overworked.) Not to mention a great way to meet people and give back to the community. You will also get to enjoy our Volunteer Appreciation Party one week after each exchange. We need help to keep this going and growing.

Volunteers with plants “Because I love gardening, I chose to volunteer with The Plant Exchange. The time I spend volunteering with The Plant Exchange is fun and energizing, and it is the reason I keep coming back year after year!”  – Genentech Employee

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