Looking for a way to get involved in your local community and support Countryside's mission to connect people, food, and land? Volunteer for us! Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people and make an impact on your community. We could not accomplish all that we do without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers!
Countryside’s volunteer program is managed in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program. Through this partnership, Countryside’s volunteers are considered dual volunteers for both Countryside and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Learn more about our opportunities below. Ready to get involved? Fill out our online Volunteer Application to get started!
Volunteers use Volgistics to track their service hours and sign up for volunteer shifts. Using Volgistics is crucial in helping secure funding for the volunteer program and to ensure proper recognition of volunteers for reaching service milestones. Signing up for your shifts is very helpful so that staff know who to expect and whether or not more volunteers are needed. Remember to bookmark the Volgistics homepage for easy accessibility.
Volgistics can be accessed here.
If you are new to Volgistics or need a reminder on how to use the program, please review Volgistics & You: A User’s Guide.
For other volunteer trainings, please visit CVNP’s Volunteer Training Page.
Countryside Farmers' Markets
Countryside operates farmers’ markets year-round at Howe Meadow, Old Trail School, Highland Square, and Countryside Public Market in downtown Akron. Volunteers assist staff and vendors with a variety of tasks.
Volunteer opportunities at our Farmers’ Markets include market setup, market tear-down, market ambassadors, parking management (Howe Meadow only), Zero Waste, produce inventory, Countryside Cheese, photography, information booth and customer counters.
Check back soon for upcoming office volunteer opportunities, or subscribe to our Volunteer Newsletter to be alerted to upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Countryside occasionally has office tasks available as opportunities for volunteers, from filing to data entry and merchandise inventory. Typical office hours are from 8am until 4pm, but office opportunities are flexible.
Check back soon for upcoming events, or subscribe to our Volunteer Newsletter to be alerted to upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Countryside occasionally has special done-in-a-day events. Opportunities include spring/fall farm clean-up days, annual tomato tastings at the Farmers’ Markets, and more.