Volunteers working to identify plants before reshelving. (Sale photos are from pre-COVID days.)
Friends School Plant Sale is entirely volunteer-run.
Over 1,400 people are needed to do everything from building display tables to shelving plants, and from tallying up orders to packing it all up after the sale is over. Hear from some of our long-time volunteers here.
Each volunteer is expected to work four hours. Find out about your specific shift time when you sign up.
Volunteer signups open February 1, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. — signups happen here
Pre-sale: Each year, volunteers are invited to shop at the pre-sale. They also receive an extra discount for their Sunday shopping. You can find more info in our FAQ.
What needs to be done by volunteers? Volunteer jobs generally fall into the following categories:
- Tasks before the sale week
- Setup (before the sale)
- Plant receiving and shelving (before and during the sale)
- During the sale
- Clean up (after the sale)
There is one additional job that takes place throughout the sale:
Check in volunteers as they arrive, verify their vaccine or negative covid test. Hand out aprons and name tags. Call volunteers who have not arrived for their shifts. Check volunteers out when they leave. When not checking people in or out, you'll be assigned to help with other jobs around the sale which may include lifting and standing.