Community Volunteer WorkdayS

Our Community Volunteer Workday Program is at the heart of the National AIDS Memorial Grove.  For more than 30 years, volunteers have gathered each month to create, maintain this sacred space for hope, healing, remembrance and togetherness.

Held on the third Saturday from March to October, our community of volunteers ensure that the 10 acres of the Grove are cared for, protected and maintained for the thousands of people who visit the memorial throughout the year.

Led by our amazing Grove gardening team, every year nearly 2,000 volunteers provide approximately 4,500 hours of annual volunteer labor.  Without this volunteer support, the site would revert back to a state of disrepair. 

Since 1991, volunteers have dedicated more than 300,000 hours of time in the Grove. Their work includes planting over 10,000 trees, plants, flowers and shrubs, removing countless tons of brush and debris, and supporting large hardscape and infrastructure projects. Importantly, they also ensure the care of the thousands of names engraved in the Grove, hardscape features, resurfacing paths and roadways, and trenching for irrigation systems.


Free Golden Gate Park Shuttle

The free Golden Gate Park Shuttle offers access to the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the eastern half of Golden Gate Park with stops along JFK Drive and at the Music Concourse.

The shuttle operates 7/days per week:

• Monday-Friday, 12 noon to 6pm

• Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, 9 am to 6pm

Learn more about the shuttle and access to Golden Gate Park here.

VOLUNTEERING WITH US? DOWNLOAD OUR WORKDAY FACT SHEET HERE


SPONSOR A COMMUNITY WORKDAY

We welcome corporate and non-profit partners to be partners in our Community Workday Program by supporting all the workdays or a particular workday. Sponsorship opportunities are available and donations are accepted to help cover workday costs. For more information, please contact Steve Sagaser at ssagaser@aidsmemorial.org

Special Workdays

In addition to our eight regular Community Volunteer Workdays, we hold also hold eight ‘Special Workdays’ each year, one per month, typically on a weekday.  ‘Special Workdays’ are held at the request of a corporate, community, or other group(such as a school or church), and must be approved in advance.  With corporate groups in particular, in order to help cover costs associated with a Special Workday, we ask that you consider sponsoring your Special Workday by making a donation to the National AIDSMemorial.  If you are interested in organizing and/or sponsoring a Special Workday, please send an email to Steve Sagaser at ssagaser@aidsmemorial.org.


  “What we need to ask ourselves daily is, what kind of world are we leaving for future generations?"

AVAILABLE RESOURCES

Volunteer Workday Fact Sheet
Map/Directions to the Grove
History of the Grove

SUPPORT THE GROVE

Donate to the Grove
Consider a Legacy Gift

Our work helps ensure that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story of AIDS is known by future generations - so that never again will a community be harmed because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.

MEET OUR GARDENER

“What inspires me about the Grove is that it is has a spirit like nothing else I’ve experienced.  There are so many people connected to this space and their love can be seen every day.  It makes me want to make sure that I do all I can to help honor the spirit of this space by helping care for it and all the beauty and healing it provides to so many.”

Jennifer joined the National AIDS Memorial as its gardener in 2020.  Jennifer’s heart and passion in maintaining the beauty of the Grove shines through when walking through the 10-acre memorial.  She is part of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department family and works directly with our team to coordinate the stewardship of the Grove, volunteer workdays and the sacred space that is the nation’s living memorial to AIDS.