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Lead a Project

Organize a service project

“I love Beyond the Farm because it allows me to pursue a cause in the community that I am passionate about and share it with Stanford alumni.”
- Marlayna Tuiasosopo-Gordon, ’02

Want to lead a project? SAA is here to help!

Your first step is to identify a project that you’d like to organize (you may already have a cause or an organization that you’re passionate about). Next, reach out to an organization in your community that can partner with you on your project. And finally, submit a project application between February 3 and March 6, 2020. The Beyond the Farm team will review your application and, if it is approved, help you promote your project and recruit volunteers.

Leader FAQs

What are the requirements for a Beyond the Farm project?
Beyond the Farm projects must
  • Be completed in one day
  • Take place on May 2, 2020, or within two weeks of that date
  • Include other people (solo work is great, but Beyond the Farm is all about convening with your community)
  • Be free to participate; they cannot require a donation, supplies or other fees for participation
How do I come up with a service project for Beyond the Farm?
We encourage you to explore the issues facing your community, as this can help narrow your search for a local volunteer organization or nonprofit you’d like to support. If you already volunteer somewhere, asking your organization what needs they have can also help inspire project ideas.
How do I submit my project for Beyond the Farm?
Submit your project between February 2 and March 6, 2020. The Beyond the Farm team will review your project for approval. To see a sample project description, visit: http://alu.ms/BTF-projectsample
What is the time commitment for leading a project?
Beyond the Farm project leaders typically spend about eight hours organizing their project prior to the day of service. This includes working with a community organization to design and plan the project, submitting the application, visiting the project location, and recruiting and communicating with project volunteers.
Do project leaders need to recruit their own volunteers for their project?
Yes, we do ask that project leaders take an active role in recruiting volunteers for their project. To help get the word out, the Beyond the Farm team will also publicize your project via email, social media and the Beyond the Farm webpages. If you find yourself having trouble filling your project, just let us know!
What are the important dates and deadlines to remember?
February 3, 2020 - Project submissions open
March 6, 2020 - Deadline for project submissions
March 24, 2020 - Volunteer sign-ups begin
May 2, 2020 - Beyond the Farm Alumni Day of Service
What are examples of successful projects?
During successful Beyond the Farm projects in the past, volunteers have
  • Cleaned up beaches, parks and schools
  • Prepared and served food at homeless shelters
  • Hosted college-readiness workshops for at-risk youth
  • Collected and organized books that were donated to under-resourced elementary schools
  • Created greeting cards for juvenile cancer patients
  • Removed invasive plant species from nature preserves
  • ...and much, much more!
Can my project take place on a date other than May 2, 2020?
Yes! We realize that Saturday, May 2, may not work for all projects, so projects can also take place within two weeks of May 2. Please note, however, that the Beyond the Farm team’s marketing efforts will focus on the main day of service, so projects outside of that date may require more recruiting efforts from the project leader.
Can non-alumni participate in my project?
Yes! We encourage you to invite your family and friends to join your project, whether or not they’re affiliated with Stanford.
Who can I contact for more help?
The Beyond the Farm team is happy to help leaders at all stages of the process. Reach out to Danielle Menona or Kasey Tyler at beyondthefarm@stanford.edu or (650) 723-7190.