SAWBO Partners with ECHO to Deliver Agricultural Assistance to Farmers
“Our capacity to create animations and videos is limited, but
Whether you’re a retiree looking for something meaningful to do with your time and energy, or a student researching ways to support sustainable agroecology, we have a spot for you! At ECHO, our work depends on volunteers who are passionate about our mission and have a servant’s heart. With your time, talent and hard work, we can provide hope and hunger solutions for millions of people around the world.
Get started today!
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), world hunger sharply increased in 2020 as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 720-811 million people experienced hunger, and moderate-to-severe food insecurity affects more than 30% of the global population.
This is a staggering number, more than twice the population of the United States.
The international community is working hard to provide relief, but most organizations send resources to a country’s government and hope they trickle down to the people who need it most. However, we know that lasting change is grown from the ground up.
Pastor’s parents were school teachers, but when their school shut down, they couldn’t just turn the orphans out into the streets… so they took them in. With a little land but no farming knowledge, they couldn’t feed 19 children and hunger became a major issue. Through the kindness of strangers, Pastor’s dad, Joseph, was able to attend an ECHO training where he learned a simple farming technique he could teach the children as well. Starting with sack gardens, Joseph, Pastor, and the other kids have transformed their homestead into something that provides for their needs. And their neighbors have been watching, and have begun to adopt some of the same techniques that Joseph learned from ECHO.
ECHO is a global organization, but we have less than 100 people on staff worldwide. A quarter of the work is done by volunteers like you!
There are many ways to help on our research and demonstration farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. From indoor jobs like folding newsletters, dusting the bookstore, or cooking food for an event to outdoor jobs like trimming trees, planting trial crops, and harvesting produce for the market garden, you can be an essential part of real-life change.
Register as a volunteer through our Volunteer Portal – we’ll gather your contact information and ask about your skills: carpenter, gardener, marketing, etc.
Take the virtual orientation – this includes a safety training, farm tour, and shows you how to sign up for shifts, track hours, and manage your information. This usually takes about 45 minutes and you’ll need to sign a couple of documents.
Sign up for a shift. You can start as early as tomorrow!
Stop in at the Volunteer Coordinator’s office (in the bookstore building) before or after your first shift to pick up your new nametag and welcome packet.
All volunteer opportunities are on location at our Global Farm in N Ft Myers, FL. For volunteering information at one of our Regional Impact Centers or if you run into any trouble creating your account, reach out to email@example.com for assistance.
See you on the farm!