Volunteering at The Wild Ramp
As a nonprofit, we rely on our community to keep us sustainable.
On a daily basis, volunteers help with sharing our mission, promoting our producers, greeting customers, bagging purchases, restocking the market floor and assisting with general cleaning/organizing/beautification tasks.
Our volunteers also help with creative projects (such as photography, chalkboard art) and programs/events.
Volunteer commitments can range from a few hours a week to a couple of times a month to once a year. Whatever time you are willing/able to offer, we appreciate you! And, even if you can’t volunteer in person, there are ways in which you can still support our mission.
Share your strengths/interests and availability with us, and we will personally match you with a volunteer opportunity that best suits you.
Ways to Get Involved Beyond In-Person Volunteering
- Spread the word! Tell your friends what good things The Wild Ramp is doing in your community.
- Share our posts on social media.
- Tax deductible donations – Local is Growing
- Sponsor an event.
- Attend annual and seasonal events/programs.
- Volunteer to be a part of our Board of Directors.
- Subscribe to our newsletter and receive updates.
Benefits to Volunteering
- Learn about where your food comes from and why it is important to support the local food system
- Receive community hours for school and school clubs like National Honor Society (offers a beneficial work experience for students)
- Opportunity for local business groups, fraternities/sororities, churches, social clubs and others to give back to their community
- Connect and network with others with a common interest in local food
- Gives potential producers a first-hand look at how the market operates
We love our volunteers! Stop in and say hello!
Tenure - 6 years
"When I first retired, I was happy to not wake up to an alarm six days a week, nor did I have to follow a schedule. However, I realized I was missing out on being around people. I found that volunteering at the Wild Ramp filled that void. I have learned alot about the products available at the Wild Ramp and a new appreciation for the people who produce them. Keeping places like the Wild Ramp thriving helps our community to grow and prosper. I am glad to be a part of that effort. I volunteer by stocking the store and helping the customers and keeping the store looking good."
Tenure - 6 years
"I am retired and was looking for something to do with my spare time. The Wild Ramp is an organization that I believe in. The staff and producers are wonderful to work with. I volunteer by restocking shelves, assisting producers when they bring their products in and make sure the store is kept clean."
Tenure - 6 years
"I believe in the mission of the Wild Ramp and want to support local farmers. It is important to foster locally sourced food for the tri state area residents. I do whatever needs done - stock, clean, keep Aaron straight ( as much as possible!) Assist customers when shopping and telling customers about our products."
Tenure: 10 years
"I believe in The Wild Ramp's mission and enjoy being able to inform local customers about the wonderful things for sale at The Wild Ramp. I enjoy giving tours of The Wild Ramp to customers who've never been there before. I also enjoy selling products, my products as well as everybody else's. I try to volunteer at least once a month on a Saturday or a Sunday or when they have a special event and extra volunteers. I usually volunteer for about 3 to 4 hours."
Tenure: 1 year
"I volunteer because it’s my way to support local farmers and artists. This provides a sustainable local food economy and encourages residents to buy from local producers keeping dollars here in our area. I volunteer by doing whatever I can to keep the store clean and neat. I love to stock the shelves and meet the producers to learn their stories of why, what and how they produce their products. I love talking to everyone who visits! A great benefit! I also helped plant the outside Herb Garden with the Cabell County Master Gardeners to be used by our exceptional Chef J in his delicious meals."