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.
  • March 03, 2020 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Society of St Andrew - Ohio

    Farm Gleaning Volunteers Needed

    Do you want to help rescue food from local farm fields and get it to those in need? Gleaning is an ancient form of food recovery that has been making a comeback. Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) - Ohio began as local project Glean and Share in 2018, gleaning more than 5,000 lbs. from local farms by 2019, and 12,000 in 2020, along with more than 38,000 lbs. of milk. They have now joined with SoSA's more than 40 years of experience working with farmers to recover good food that is unmarketable, addressing both food insecurity and waste. Food not harvested from farms is still one of the most significant categories of American food waste, and often some of the most nutritious food rescued.

    To learn more, email (sw-ohio@endhunger.org) or call (513-458-9808) Program Coordinator, Sue Plummer.

    Or just register to volunteer, here: https://endhunger.org/ohio/.

    Volunteer Guidelines

    Prior to gleaning

    1. Volunteers will register as a volunteer (under the Ohio network), and sign a waiver via the Society of St. Andrew website prior to conducting any gleaning work: https://endhunger.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/.

    2. During the COVID-19 crisis, volunteers must fall within the age-range of 13 - 64.  Additionally, any volunteers who are in a high-risk health category are asked to remain at home.  [There are many more ways to support our gleaning work.  Please contact Sue Plummer to inquire: scplummer65@gmail.com and 513-206-0350.]

    3. According to Society of St. Andrew COVID-19 policy, and professional recommendations, volunteer groups will consist of no more than 10 volunteers, all practicing social distancing by maintaining a distance of 6 or more feet between themselves and all other individuals present.

    4. Anyone experiencing any signs of illness, or allergies involving sneezing and runny nose, will be asked to stay home. 

    5. Volunteers must be responsible for their own transportation to and from the gleaning site, only transporting those passengers who are already members of the same household. Glean and Share Southwest Ohio (GSSO) cannot currently be responsible for group transportation.

    At the gleaning site:

    1. When not provided by the grower, Glean and Share Southwest Ohio (GSSO) will ensure that sanitary handwashing stations are present, and expect volunteers to wash their hands prior to gleaning, whenever necessary during a gleaning event, as well as at the end, employing the 20-second rule, each time.

    2. GSSO will also provide hand sanitizer for use, with the understanding this is no substitute for hand-washing.

    3. Volunteers will be expected to wear face masks during gleaning events.  They may bring their own, or will be provided with one donated by GSSO.  GSSO will review, prior to gleanings, the proper way to wear masks,  including how to safely put them on and remove them.

    4. GSSO will provide nitrile gloves to be worn during gleaning, and changed as needed.

    5. Any tools and equipment provided will be cleaned and sanitized prior to use, and at the end of each volunteer shift.

    6. Gleaning events will average 2 hours per shift.  If the crops to be gleaned require more than 2 hours, we will schedule more than 1 shift, in order to keep gleaning crew numbers to a minimum.

    7. Gleaning volunteers will be reminded to avoid touching their noses, mouths, and eyes, and to cough or sneeze into their elbows.

    8. These and all other farm safety and etiquette standards will be established at the start of each gleaning event and maintained throughout.

  • February 26, 2020 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

    Trainings are currently postponed but they are still seeking ambassadors!

  • February 25, 2020 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Conservation District


    Help us celebrate our Earth with a good old fashioned stream clean up! We will provide gloves, trash bags, shovels, and snacks - just bring yourself and be prepared to get muddy.

    All ages welcome - bring your friends!

    Sponsored by Boone County Solid Waste, Boone County Parks, and the Boone County Conservation District.

    When: Wednesday April 22 from 5-7 pm

    Where: Oakbrook Park, 6605 Oakbrook Dr, Florence, KY 41042

  • February 19, 2020 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    As a Volunteer Farm Educator you will get to:

    Learn new skills and information relating to farm animal interactions, agriculture, and education while being a farm guide for children as part of a talented and enthusiastic staff

    Attend volunteer enrichment workshops and volunteer appreciation events

    Gain work-related experience while earning community service credit, if needed

    Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to:

    Lead meaningful, educational, and safe farm experiences for groups of about 10 children. Volunteer Farm Educators help school groups have a safe, happy and empowering experience by being an effective and engaging teacher on topics like gardening, pollination, food sources, farm animal interactions, and Ohio history, which supports the mission of Gorman Heritage Farm. Educators are not responsible for the direct supervision of children, only the presentation of material; Gorman Heritage Farm requires supervision from school group chaperones and teachers.

    Come to volunteer on scheduled days with a positive attitude prepared to teach children. Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to be punctual and dependable in their arrival, with a professional and farm-appropriate attire. A name tag and a Gorman Heritage Farm T-shirt will be provided.

    Work with other Volunteer Farm Educators, Education Coordinator, and Director of Education to enhance and improve our programs. We work and play together as an effective team blending staff and volunteers. We offer our volunteers opportunities and resources for growth and learning. Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to read the educational materials provided and be responsive to feedback. We also appreciate and listen to the feedback of our volunteers as the season progresses.

    Provide leadership, structure and organization. Educators welcome visitors to the site, answer questions, and direct visitors to restrooms and first aid locations. Educators are able to appropriately and politely direct chaperones in the event that support is needed during an education tour. Educators communicate issues and questions from tour groups to staff members. Educators are also responsible for instructing visitors in emergency procedures should the need arise, with direction from staff members.

  • February 05, 2020 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    • Forest Restoration Project Dates: 

    •  Saturday, February 22nd from 9am - 12pm
    • Saturday, March 7th from 9am – 12pm
    • Saturday, April 18th from 9am - 12pm

    We will meet at Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Parking is available along Sulsar Ave. Please dress accordingly, long sleeves and pants are recommended, and closed toed shoes are required! Gloves, snacks, and water coolers will be provided, please bring a reusable water bottle. Please email volunteer@civicgardencenter.org with any questions.

    Register here for volunteering: https://cincinnatiparks.regfox.com/walnut-woods-treeforestation-project.


  • January 29, 2020 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

    Volunteer Monitors Needed!

    This is the 8th year the Mill Creek Alliance Water Quality Monitoring Program has monitored the Mill Creek Watershed. Our first 2020 sampling event is March 14th.  We collect water samples and analyze them for 8 chemical parameters at a lab to help us identify and address local water quality issues. Monitoring takes place the second Saturday of each month from March through November. This program is VITAL for monitoring the health of the creek and relies completely on committed volunteers like you! The WQMP currently samples 52 sites throughout the Mill Creek watershed.   Volunteer jobs include sample collecting or lab analysis.  No experience is required. Please email Anne at alyon@themillcreekalliance.org if you are a new volunteer interested in joining this program!

    Mill Creek Alliance Annual Volunteer Water Monitor Training February 29th and March 4th

    If you are interested in becoming a Mill Creek Water Quality Monitoring volunteer, please plan to attend one of these training events.  These training events will provide you with all the information you need to become a sample collector and/or lab analyst.  The February 29th event is on Saturday from 3-5 pm at the Urban Artifact Taproom at 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223 (right next door to the Mill Creek Alliance Northside office).  If you cannot make this event, the training will be repeated Wednesday March 4th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, also at the Urban Artifact.  The event is free but registration is required. 

    Please submit your registration on this google form.  If you have any questions, please email Anne at alyon@themillcreekalliance.org


    2020 Event Dates:

    March 14th

    April 11th

    May 9th

    June 13th

    July 11th

    August 8th

    September 12th

    October 10th

    November 14th

  • January 23, 2020 1:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    01-23-2020 12:00 PM

    Let's get rid of honeysuckle and other invasive plants! You'll be giving our native trees and woodland flowers new life and opening up a view into the forest that park guests will enjoy for years to come. (Free, register by 1/15) Woodland Mound/Chipmunk Shelter

  • January 22, 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    01-22-2020 08:00 AM

    Let's team up and remove invasive honeysuckle! Learn what invasive plants could be present in your own backyard and help to remove this invasive plant to improve native wildlife habitat for future species. (Free, register by 1/15) Lake Isabella/Boat House

  • January 20, 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Start the new year with a commitment to serve! Monday, January 20, times listed by location

    For years, MLK Day has been referred to as "A day on, not a day off." If you are inspired to make a difference in your community, we will have opportunities to get out and serve!

    Cincinnati Parks will have several service sites in community parks. Help us maintain safe, clean & beautiful parks for communities throughout the city, look for the location closest to your neighborhood.

    "Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."

    - MLK, Nobel Lecture, Oslo 12/1/1964

  • January 17, 2020 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio River Foundation

    Saturday, February 15, 10am-2pm
    Host: Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio River Foundation, Mill Creek Yacht Club
    Volunteers will assist cutting tree limbs for use as "live stakes" in future tree plantings (this coming spring). Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather, and for cutting/clearing brush, hat, sunglasses, waterproof shoes (unless you don't mind having wet feet), change of dry clothes to leave in car -- is an idea!  
    Location: Heritage Park (11405 E. Miami River Road, Cincinnati, OH 45252)
    For more information and to register: https://hcswcd.org/2020-live-staking-events.html

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