Volunteers working to identify plants before reshelving.
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 year, volunteers are invited to shop at the pre-sale, Thursday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. They also receive an extra discount for their Sunday shopping. You can find more info in our FAQ.
Each volunteer is expected to work four hours. Shifts generally are from 7 or 8 am to 12 noon; from 12 noon to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and sometimes 8 p.m. until midnight. Find out about your specific shift time when you sign up.
What needs to be done? Volunteer jobs generally fall into the following categories:
- Setup (before the sale)
- Plant receiving and shelving (before the sale)
- During the sale
- Clean up (after the sale)
There is also one type of job that runs through all four phases:
Volunteer desk, which has shifts throughout the day during most of the week. Using a computer, check volunteers in as they arrive. Hand out shirts/aprons/hats, name tags. Do miscellaneous tasks as needed. Comfort with computer data entry very important, as well as working well with other people. Familiarity with the sale and past volunteer experience required.