Volunteer Opportunities

Please see the list below for current volunteer opportunities with our member organizations. If you are a Green Umbrella member and would like to submit a volunteer posting, please send it to greennews@greenumbrella.org.
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  • November 30, 2018 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    Become a Mentor and Inspire Future Green Leaders!

    Walnut Hills High School (WHHS) Environmental Science Mentorship Program

    What is this? A third-semester science project designed to expose students to environmental issues while encouraging environmental stewardship.  Students are divided into groups to explore an environmental topic that includes: ENERGY, WATER, LAND, and FOOD.   Mentors are NOT environmental experts; but resources to share their expertise and guidance on group dynamics, research gathering and presentation skills. 

    What is the Time Commitment?

    1 hour per week/6 weeks 

    Fridays 7:30-8:20am (1st Bell) OR 8:20-9:15am (2nd Bell) 

    on January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, and 15th


    What does it entail? 4 classroom project sessions, 1 dress rehearsal and 1 presentation day (1 hour/week). Meet with your student group during the bell of your choice. Work with the students to develop a 5-minute presentation with a solution to a local environmental issue. On the presentation day, the groups will be judged by a collection of corporate, environmental and school officials. We understand mentors may not be able to make every project session and that’s okay. 

    Why Participate? This is a great way for a corporate group to make a difference with this unique volunteer opportunity.  Teens are fun to work with and truly appreciate your support and expertise!

    A Mentor testimonial from 2017:

    "The project inherently has so many benefits: exposure to mentors, research on relevant topics, and opportunities to communicate visually and verbally complex ideas. I hope it will continue." -Ryan Geismar from Human Nature

     “I’ve been a mentor for two years now. My favorite part is offering my expertise in group dynamics and connection building to springboard them into the corporate world. I still keep in touch with one of my mentees.” – Michelle Zulli from On Line Design, Inc.

    To become a mentor or with other inquiries, contact Kara Luggen at kara@keepcincinnatibeautiful.org or 513-352-4386 or fill out the form here.

  • November 13, 2018 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Join us for a “Green Up Day” in the middle of winter. Help Avon Woods Nature Preserve remove harmful invasive plants such as winter creeper and honeysuckle. You’ll be rewarded with a bounty of Spring wildflowers. Plus, pizza is provided for lunch afterward for all volunteers! 

    Please RSVP by 12/6 on the Cincinnati Parks website: http://bttr.im/wyoil 

    For more information please call 513-861-3435

  • November 06, 2018 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    The CGC is kicking off a new project: Treeforestation. Many of Cincinnati’s green spaces are overrun with invasive plants. As more and more ash trees come down, thinning our tree canopy, there is increasingly more room for invasive species (Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Garlic Mustard) to take over and exclude our native plants and animals. Therefore, rather than having the annual Christmas Tree Sale, the Civic Garden Center are kicking off this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces. They will begin with a series of invasive removal workdays this fall and next spring. They will then begin planting native trees in the fall of 2019.

    The first space to focus on is Hoyes Field, a 10-acre property adjacent to Walnut Hills High School. They will be restoring it in collaboration with Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Parks, UC, Madtree, the Evanston Community and more. This will be an ongoing project, and they could use your help! The next Invasive Removal Workday will be Sunday, November 18th, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. The team will be clearing out invasive plants like honeysuckle, knotweed and porcelain berry. Make sure to wear long pants and long sleeves, bring water, and gloves and tools if you have them (we’ll provide some if not!). Park on Sulsar Street.

    For more information: Contact Jenn Bakes, jbakes@civicgardencenter.org

  • October 16, 2018 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of Little Miami State Park

    Here’s your opportunity to give something back to the park for all the hours of biking, hiking, walking, rollerblading, skiing, bird watching, and other activities we do on the trail, as well as help restore the biodiversity of the trail.

    Upcoming Group Sessions:

    Friday October 19th

    Saturday October 20th

    Sunday October 28th

    Group work sessions start at 8:30 AM in Maineville where the trees are stored and grown. We will load up water, trees, and supplies there and drive to the trail. Most planting will be in the northern sections of the trail from the 3 mile marker to the 9 mile marker this year. We will target four hours of work each day, but any help (shorter or longer) would be appreciated.

    No experience is necessary. We do have some tools but if you have shovels, picks, or mattocks, please bring them as the railroad bed can often be a challenge to dig!

    For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rick Forrester atcraseforrester@zoomtown.com. To volunteer for just an hour or two as an individual, please contact Rick to arrange a time.  

  • October 16, 2018 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Every year, Great Parks is proud to take part in the statewide effort to keep our Great Miami River clean and safe. Join us in removing trash and improving the health of this vital waterway during Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River on Saturday, October 27 from  9 a.m. to noon at Shawnee Lookout.

    The event is free and open to all ages. Those who volunteer will get a free T-shirt, while supplies last. Volunteers are asked to register online at https://www.greatparks.org/get-involved/volunteer by October 26.

     The cleanup will be at the Shawnee Lookout canoe/kayak launch at 2008 Lawrenceburg Road in North Bend. Learn more about the statewide effort at https://www.cleansweepofthegreatmiamiriver.org.

  • October 09, 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Taking Root

    Make A Difference Day (MADD) is an annual, national initiative to encourage volunteerism and community service. This year, the event will be held on October 27, 2018 at locations throughout the country. In the Greater Cincinnati Region, the MADD efforts are lead by the Taking Root program, whose objective is to address the current historic loss of our region’s tree canopy (due to invasive pests) by planting 2 million trees by the year 2020 -- one tree for every person in the region.  

    Tree Planting is taking place with DHL in Kenton County, at Cowen Lake and at Boone County Arboretum.

    At the Arboretum, we will be planting trees while raising awareness of the many benefits that trees bring to our communities. We will also be assembling and installing identification labels for the Arboretum plant collections. Volunteers are asked to please register in advance to help us in coordinating the day's activities.

    Please bring a favorite shovel or other planting tool, and join us on this day to make a commitment to reforestation!

    Learn more about Make a Difference Day.

    Register here to volunteer for the Boone County Arboretum tree planting. 

  • October 09, 2018 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Kenton County Parks and Rec

    This is the 2018 Haunters call for Kenton County Parks & Recreation’s (KCP&R) Halloween Happenings Haunted Trail, on Friday, October 19th from 7 P.M. until 10:30 P.M. at Middleton-Mills Park Shelterhouse #2. Admission and parking will be available at the football field. Volunteers need to arrive by 6 P.M.

    Kenton County Parks & Recreation is in need of volunteers to help set up and work the trail the night of the event to help make it as spooktacular as possible! Ghosts, goblins, witches and creatures are requested to help frighten those attending!

    KCP&R is requesting adult volunteers. Children, over the age of 13, with adults are permitted but the adult MUST remain with the child throughout the event.

    KCP&R tries to make this a theatre production and the spookier the better. Even if you do not want to haunt the trail, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Areas that need help include:

    • Setting up and work the event

    • Directing traffic and parking

    • Managing the haunters and sound effects on the trail

    • Decorating the shelterhouse and setting up the graveyard

    • Managing check-in

    Even if you’ve haunted the trail or volunteered in the past, we need you to confirm your participation.

    Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

    For more information, please contact Rhonda Ritzi at Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org. Call Kenton County Recreation at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to see how you can help.



  • October 09, 2018 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Kenton County Parks and Rec

    This is the 2018 Helpers call for Kenton County Parks & Recreation’s (KCP&R) Halloween Happenings Kid’s Fun Day & Character Trail. The event will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 1 P.M. until 4 P.M. at Middleton-Mills Park Shelterhouse #2. Volunteers need to arrive by 12 P.M. (noon).

    Kenton County Parks & Recreation is in need of adult volunteers to help work the trail and lead activities at this event. Children, over the age of 13, with adults are permitted but the adult MUST remain with the child throughout the event.

    KCP&R is in need of volunteers to help set up and work the event, friendly characters to welcome the guests as they enter the park and on the trail, help decorating the shelterhouse, leaders for games/activities, and volunteers to manage check in.

    Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

    For more information, please contact Rhonda Ritzi at Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org. Call Kenton County Recreation at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to see how you can help.



  • October 03, 2018 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    The CGC is kicking off a new project: Treeforestation. Many of Cincinnati’s green spaces are overrun with invasive plants. As more and more ash trees come down, thinning our tree canopy, there is increasingly more room for invasive species (Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Garlic Mustard) to take over and exclude our native plants and animals. Therefore, rather than having the annual Christmas Tree Sale, we are kicking off this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces. They will begin with a series of invasive removal workdays this fall and next spring. They will then begin planting native trees in the fall of 2019.

    The first space to focus on is Hoyes Field, a 10-acre property adjacent to Walnut Hills High School. They will be restoring it in collaboration with Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Parks, UC, Madtree, the Evanston Community and more. This will be an ongoing project, and they could use your help! The first Invasive Removal Workday will be Sunday, October 14th, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Afterwards, grab a beer at Madtree (one of the partners on this project) with your fellow volunteers!

    For more information: Contact Jenn Bakes, jbakes@civicgardencenter.org

  • September 24, 2018 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    If you have been to it, the Farm's Sunflower Festival is the biggest and the most glorious annual event on the Farm.  Gorman Heritage Farm is at its best in the Fall with animals to pet, sunflowers to cut, hayrides, pumpkins and a multitude of local vendors, entertainment and foodtrucks.  We have had 5000 visitors in past years and would love your help in many different areas of our 122 acre non-profit farm.  The event will run from 10am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday, 10/6 and 10/7.  So, depending on which job you pick, the shifts might be slightly different.  You are welcome to  enjoy the festival either before your shift or afterwards too!

    Interested volunteers can see what positions are open by using this link: http://signup.com/go/DjEhKAb.

    Thank you for considering helping our beautiful, historic (1835) non-profit farm.  Looking forward to working with you during our wonderful Sunflower Festival.  

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