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.
  • June 01, 2021 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cardinal Land Conservancy

    Sat. June 5, 8 a.m. - Noon

    Come out to our newest preserve at the Mouth of the Little Miami and help us remove the trash that has floated in during recent flooding events. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is providing supplies - gloves, trash bags, etc. No tools should be needed.

    Location: Four Seasons Marina @ 4853 Kellogg Ave. Follow the driveway all the way to the dock area, then turn left, and proceed to the end of the parking lot.

    If you are interested in this volunteer event, please email Mark. mark@cardinallandconservancy.org or RSVP via our Facebook event.


  • May 28, 2021 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center 

    There are still many more dates to volunteer with the Civic Garden Center this year! 

    Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094fa5a622a7fd0-spring



     


    05/29/2021
    (Sat. 9:00am - 11:00am)
    Parker Woods Montessori

    Community Garden Workday (10)

     




    06/04/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    06/05/2021
    (Sat. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Spring Grove Community Garden

    Community Garden Workday (10)

     


    06/11/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    06/18/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    06/25/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    07/02/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    07/09/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    07/16/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    07/23/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    07/30/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    08/06/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    08/13/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    08/20/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11:30am)
    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)

     


    08/27/2021
    (Fri. 9:00am - 11
    :30am)

    Civic Garden Center

    Civic Garden Center Workday (10)


  • May 26, 2021 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Gleaning Volunteer (on-farm food rescue)

    Organization: Society of St Andrew


  • May 18, 2021 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Workparty in the Watershed

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

    Join the Mill Creek Alliance (MCA) for a morning work party removing trash, honeysuckle and other invasive plants along the Mill Creek Greenway and creek path (in South Cumminsville, Northside, Spring Grove Village, Carthage, and other locations) from 10 am to 2 pm.

    Many tools and supplies will be provided but you should also bring:
    - COVID19 PPE: Mask, Sanitizer
    - More PPE: Close-toed shoes, long sleeves, long pants, hat,
    protective eyewear, sunscreen, work gloves, etc
    - Loppers, handsaws, and other labeled personal tools
    - Water and snacks

    MCA will have protective gloves and eyewear, water to refill bottles, and individually wrapped snacks, but you may wish to bring your own personal items as well.

    Inclement weather cancels the event.

    Details for gatherings will be provided to registered participants before the event. Please don't hesitate to contact Bennett Kottler for more event details (bkottler@themillcreekalliance.org).


    Available dates include:

    Saturday, June 5, 2021 (Laughing Brook at Salway Park)

    Thursday, July 8, 2021 (Raingarden Maintenance-West Chester)

    Saturday, September 18, 2021 (Salway Park in Northside)


    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGbWt9eQQzN11jPsVZhABnkqw1nQtOoQw0sDmdX55t4bPQww/viewform




  • May 04, 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 Summer Litter Clean-Up

    Organization: Valley View

    June 1- 30

    From the springlittercleanup.com website:

    Join us for the 2021 Summer Litter Clean-Up in Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed.  Volunteers are needed throughout the month of June!  Individuals and small groups can Do-It-Yourself (DIY) at the location of your choice, or join coordinated in-person events (space will be limited) at various locations. Volunteers can practice social distancing while enjoying the outdoors and sprucing up our local communities. Join us and register for the event today!

    https://www.springlittercleanup.com/


  • April 21, 2021 5:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center


    Held the first weekend in May, The Plant Sale is our largest event here at the CGC. We will need TONS of volunteers for this event, for that weekend and leading up to it.

    The 2021 Plant Sale is a combination of an online sale, happening now through April 29th, and a 1 day in-person sale of leftover plants and our Green Flea on Saturday, May 8th. Volunteers will help in fulfilling online orders being picked up between April 30th and May 2nd. With a majority of plant material sold online, this pick-up process will be a significant, and entirely new, undertaking for CGC staff and volunteers. Any plant material that was not sold online will be sold on May 8th along with a few selections of back ordered plants and our infamous Green Flea, hope to see you there!

    For any additional information on volunteering, please contact us at:

    volunteer@civicgardencenter.org or call (513)-221-0981

  • March 15, 2021 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Heritage Acres

    If you can help out at Heritage Acres for a few hours, or if you’d just like to come visit this beautiful sanctuary during springtime while there are other folks around, please plan to join us on any of the following days listed below.

    March 20 and March 24

    April 3, April 14, April 17, and April 28

    May 1, May 12, and May 15

    Workdays will take place on the first and third Saturdays, and on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month starting with the Spring Equinox on March 20th. All workdays take place from 9 am until 2 pm.

    Bring sturdy boots, a face mask, a bottle of water, lunch or snacks, and heavy duty work gloves. Dress for the weather!

  • March 11, 2021 4:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friends of the Little Miami State Park, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Children's Injury Center, is hosting a free bike helmet giveaway, and we need your help!

    Children over age 3 and teens are the preferred recipients for this bicycle-safety event to be held near the trail in downtown Loveland on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Adult volunteers are needed to distribute helmets and educate helmet recipients on proper helmet fitting. Volunteers should plan to attend a 30-minute training session at noon on Friday, May 21 in Loveland. Contact Don Hahn at dhahnj@gmail.com if you are able to help.


  • February 21, 2021 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio River Foundation

    CINCINNATI, OHIO (February 12, 2021) – Ohio River Foundation (ORF) is embarking on one of the largest habitat restoration project ever undertaken in Southwest Ohio. The project, made possible by a $50,000 grant from Coors Seltzer and its Change the Course partnership, will restore six miles of riverbank along three Ohio River tributaries: The Little Miami River, Great Miami River and O’Bannon Creek.

    ORF will plant 10,000 to 15,000 native trees and shrubs along those riverbanks. Phase one of the project begins this month and involves harvesting live stakes – taking cuttings from native trees that grow in riparian areas during their winter dormancy. Those “live stakes” will then be planted on riverbanks once the weather warms up in March.

    “The Ohio River is a source of drinking water for more than 5 million people. But because of pollution from urban runoff, agriculture, sedimentation and industrial pollution, many sections of the Ohio River do not meet water quality standards,” said Rich Cogen, Ohio River Foundation’s executive director.

    Plants along riverbanks improve water quality by keeping pollutants out of the water and by helping control erosion, thus reducing sedimentation. As they mature, these riparian plants also provide habitat for streamside birds and mammals and create shade that helps fish and other aquatic species thrive.

    “Restoring the habitats along these tributaries will go a long way toward improving their health, and it will reduce the amount of pollution that makes its way into the Ohio River,” Cogen said.

    Assisting ORF with this project are Great Parks of Hamilton County, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Miami Township, Miami Conservancy District, Anderson Township, City of Loveland, Cincinnati Parks, Colerain Township, and Rivers Unlimited.

    Volunteers are needed for both phases of the project. Live stake harvesting will take place on:

    • Sunday, Feb. 28 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) at Nisbet Park, 126 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio,45140
    • Thursday, March 4 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) at Miami Township West Community Park, 4063 E. Miami River Road, Cleves, Ohio, 45002
    • Sunday, March 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) at Heritage Park, 11405 E. Miami River Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45252

    Volunteers, who will be helping cut stakes, should dress for the weather, wear waterproof shoes, bring a mask and follow all COVID-19 recommendations. All tools, including boats needed to access some sites, will be provided. Advance registration is required; for more details, or to sign up, visit www.ohioriverfdn.org.

    Additional volunteer opportunities to help with spring stake planting will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit www.ohioriverfdn.org.

    About Ohio River Foundation

    Ohio River Foundation (ORF) is dedicated to protecting and improving the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River and all waters in its 11-state watershed. ORF works towards these goals through environmental education, conservation and advocacy activities that serve to inspire environmental stewardship for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens. Established in 2000, the organization has reached 50,000 students with its freshwater education programs; restored and reconnected more than 200 miles of rivers; removed four dams; planted 6,000 trees; and removed more than 300,000 invasive plants. For more information, visit www.ohioriverfdn.org.

  • February 03, 2021 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center & Cincinnati Parks

    Walnut Woods

    "Treeforestation" Project

    Cincinnati Parks, the Civic Garden Center, and Walnut Hills High School students are collaborating on a large habitat restoration project located on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project with an end goal of controlling invasive plant species, planting native plants, creating nature trails, and establishing a designated space for environmental education and research within the community. Walnut Hills students hope to eventually use the space as an outdoor land lab, as this woods is located just steps from the main entrance to their school!

    This "Treeforestation" project is located on the acre of land located between Victory Parkway & Sulsar Avenue - just in front of Walnut Hills School.

    Volunteers should be prepared for the weather (lightweight clothing) and wear long pants and long sleeves to protect against thorns and possible poison ivy encounters. Close-toed shoes are required. Suggested: Face covering, work gloves (if you own them) and a refillable water bottle. There will be work gloves available to borrow and a water cooler will be provided on site for volunteers to refill bottles. Cincinnati Parks discourages single - use plastics.

    Regarding Covid-19:

    In efforts to stop the spread, for the safety of our staff, volunteers and community please consider the following guidelines:

    If your temperature is higher than 100.4 within four hours of the project, please do not attend. Notify Christyl @ 513.240.5735 so staff can be updated.

    Do not participate if you or someone in your home is symptomatic (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), or if someone you’ve come into close contact with is under investigation or diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

    Please use face covering and practice social distancing at all times while on the site.

    Please use gloves at all times to handle the tools and equipment.

    Schedule 2021

    Monday, January 18, 1pm - 4pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (English Ivy & Euonymus) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and hands and hand tools to remove ivy, pitchforks to load mulch into wheelbarrows and hard rakes to distribute.

    Saturday, February 27, 9am -12pm Work will focus on invasive species removal & planting. Volunteers will use loppers and handsaws to cut back honeysuckle, repot/plant seedlings and cage unprotected saplings throughout.

    Saturday, April 3, 9am -12pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (English Ivy & Euonymus) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and hands and hand tools to remove ivy, pitchforks to load mulch into wheelbarrows and hard rakes to distribute.

    Saturday, April 24, 9am - 12pm Work will focus on planting tree saplings and some invasive species removal. Volunteers will use hand tools and shovels to plant saplings, loppers & hand tools to cut back honeysuckle.

    Saturday, May 15, 9am - 12-pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (Honeysuckle & ground cover) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and handsaws to cut back brush.

    Saturday, June 19, 9am - 12pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (Honeysuckle & ground cover) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and handsaws to cut back brush.

    Register here


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