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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  • September 15, 2020 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Learn more here.

    Join organizer Mary White and community volunteers in a bi-weekly effort to cleanup parks in the east region. Just one hour - and YOU can make a difference!  

    Schedule & Locations (12pm - 1pm)

    • Thursday, July 30 @ Drake Park 
    • ** Saturday, August 8 @ Drake Park - reschedule date from rain-out
    • Thursday, August 13 @ Kennedy Heights Park
    • Saturday, August 22 @ Martin Luther King Park
    • Saturday, September 5 @ Alms Park
    • Saturday, September 19 @ Ault Park
    • Saturday, October 3 @ Stanbery Park
    • Saturday, October 17 @ Owl's Nest Park 

    Meet at the parking lot and work throughout the park on litter pick up. All litter will be sorted and discarded/recycled accordingly after the event. 

    Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes, dress in clothing appropriate to the weather (lightweight/long pants). We recommend all volunteers wear a face covering, gloves, hat, sunscreen. Please bring a refillable water bottle, parks discourages single use plastics. 

    Social distancing and safest guidelines in response to Covid-19 will be followed.  

  • July 22, 2020 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    Organization: Civic Garden Center


    Friday, September 4 - Civic Garden Center (2715 Reading Rd, 45206)

    Friday, September 11 - South Cumminsville Community Garden (3618 Roll Ave, 45223)

    Saturday, September 12 - Spring Grove Community Garden (4680 Chickering Ave, 45232)

    Friday, September 18 - Civic Garden Center (2715 Reading Rd, 45206)

    Friday, September 25 - May St. Orchard (2706 May St, 45206)

    Saturday, September 26 - Concord Community Garden (2400 Concord St, 45206)

    Friday, October 9 - Spring Grove Community Garden (4680 Chickering Ave, 45232)

    Learn more: https://www.civicgardencenter.org/volunteer/

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

    Email volunteer@civicgardencenter.org

  • July 21, 2020 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance


    Register here.

    Why a BioBlitz?

    Mill Creek Alliance has been working for over 25 years to support the resurgence of diversity in the Mill Creek Watershed and restore the Mill Creek. We have come a long way from the early days when life along the stream was nearly wiped out. The projects and efforts over the years have had a positive impact and there is a resurgence of life in the watershed. But we are scientists and scientists love data and need proof. A BioBlitz is an opportunity for citizen scientists to make observations of species and be a part of the data collection. In 2020, we initiated a Mill Creek species count, and plan to make it an ongoing effort. iNaturalist provides a straight forward way to gather data collected by many people in a specific location. Our project location is the Mill Creek Watershed! So any time you are out in the Mill Creek Watershed and use the iNaturalist app to observe plants or animals, you will be contributing to the Mill Creek BioBlitz!

    How to Participate

    MILL CREEK PLANTS - PROJECT ON INATURALIST

    COME ON DOWN TO THE CREEK! You don’t need to have experience to participate in this event. While we are unable to gather in groups (during the current COVID19 pandemic) to guide this activity, each of us can work individually as citizen scientists to gather and record data on their observations while on the creek. A will to be still and observe, and a few “tools”, are all that is needed for this event.

    • Download the iNaturalist App for iPhone or Android before you go out.

    • Visit a spot anywhere in the Mill Creek Watershed in Southwest Ohio.

    • Use your camera to record the plants you see. The easiest way to record your observation is directly in the iNaturalist App on your cell phone which will record the date and location for you.

    • Use the iNaturalist database to look up the species, make any necessary notes, and “share” your observation. Other iNaturalist users, called “identifiers”, will confirm your ID. It’s that simple.

    • View the stats from our Mill Creek PLANTS project on iNaturalist and see a snapshot of the variety of life that can be found on the Mill Creek!

    For your data to be recorded in the Mill Creek Alliance “Mill Creek PLANT” project, you must adhere to the following criteria:

    • Use iNaturalist

    • Record an observation in the plant kingdom on a date in 2020

    • Observe the plant somewhere in the Mill Creek Watershed

    If you don’t have a smart phone, you can also simply use a camera to take pictures while out in nature, then upload the images to iNaturalist from a desktop computer later from home. There are a few most steps to add dates and the exact location, but if you don’t have a smart phone, this can also work!


  • July 10, 2020 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Organization: City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

    The City of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability is seeking volunteers to help collect environmental data about the hottest and coolest places in our region during an upcoming heat wave this summer. Data collected by volunteers during the joint one-day heat mapping campaign will be used to develop temperature maps of Cincinnati (see Portland exampleand help address heat-related vulnerabilities across the region. This effort is made possible through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CAPA Heat Watch's 2020 Urban Heat Island Community Science Campaign.

    What will volunteers do?  Volunteers are needed to drive [or for those hearty enough, ride a bicycle] along predetermined routes in the Cincinnati area over three separate one-hour periods during a hot day. Volunteers will use a simple data-collection device attached to the vehicle. You can also volunteer as a navigator and help direct drivers’ turns along their route. Drivers will need to cover the same route for all three shifts. 

    Are there any requirements to volunteerDrivers will need a valid driver’s license, auto insurance (not necessary for bicyclists), and access to a vehicle (or bicycle). In addition to the three hours of data collection, volunteers will first be asked to review a video, complete a knowledge-check, and participate in a short online training session and follow up discussion. Based on previous campaigns, volunteers spend an average of 4.5 hours over three weeks, though the majority of time (~3.5 hours) will occur on the selected campaign day. 

    On what day will the heat mapping campaign occur? That will depend on the weather forecast. Heat mapping is best done on a hot temperature and clear-skied day. Using historical weather patterns, and support from the National Weather Service, the target campaign date for Cincinnati is the first week of August. While weather does change, this selected campaign date will be confirmed about one week prior, as forecasts become more reliable. Because we have to wait for the heat—and the fact that summer is such a busy time—we need to assemble an “on-call” roster of volunteers -- which means that we’ll want more people signing up than we need. We will confirm your participation about one week prior to the campaign, when we finalize the date. Please note that signing up does not commit you to the project, rather the process will begin by building out a roster of potential volunteers, and confirmation will occur about one week in advance. 

    If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, or would like to learn more, please respond to this Volunteer Intake Form. And forward to others who might be interested!

    *This will be a COVID-19 safe activity. It is recommended that drivers-navigators in the same car be from the same household. Social distancing, masks, and sanitizing wipes will be used when picking up and dropping off equipment.

    Questions? Please contact Savannah Sullivan (savannah.sullivan@cincinnati-oh.gov). And to learn more about the CAPA Heat Watch program, check out www.capastrategies.com/capa-heat-watch


  • July 08, 2020 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday, July 10th – Hauck Botanic Garden Workday (CGC Grounds, 2715 Reading Rd. 45206)

    Saturday, July 11th – Treeforestation Workday (Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Pkwy 45207) **This event is taking place 8am-11am

    Friday, July 17th – Location Pending

    Saturday, July 18th – Community Garden Workday (6523 Tyne Ave, 45213)

    Friday, July 24th – Hauck Botanic Garden Workday (CGC Grounds, 2715 Reading Rd, 45206)

    Learn more: https://www.civicgardencenter.org/volunteer/

    Sign up: https://bit.ly/30yKYZ9

    Email volunteer@civicgardencenter.org


  • June 09, 2020 4:25 AM | Anonymous

    Organization: Ohio Citizen Action

    Are you frustrated with elected officials who refuse to prioritize clean energy? Tired of government and corporate leaders making decisions they disguise as "consumer protections" which actually put more money in their pockets? Ever wanted to hold “the people who matter” accountable for their actions and speak up about how your family and your community would benefit from a clean energy future?

    Now’s your chance!

    We’re looking for volunteers for a short video project to guide local leaders toward the clean energy future we all deserve. We need only two things:

        1. A short phone conversation to gather a quote about why clean energy matters to you.

        2. A photo to illustrate your quote.

    That’s it! Want to see how easy it is? Check out this one-minute video we put together with people just like you:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEoNWtRoPng

    If we want to speed the inevitable transition to renewable energy, we have to show local leaders the way. Here’s a chance to make your voice heard!

    To be part of our next clean energy video, email sgabor@ohiocitizen.org and let us know a good time to call you.


  • June 01, 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Organization: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

    VOLUNTEER: Community Garden Workday

    Every other Friday: See our events calendar or the Civic Garden Center website.

    Join us in supporting Cincinnati’s community garden network. Community gardens provide fresh food for local food banks, provide educational opportunities to residents in the neighborhood, and offer a communal space for the community to interact and grow together. Volunteers will assist in planting, weeding, harvesting, pruning, and other garden related projects. Each workday will be limited to no more than 5 volunteers (not including CGC staff) to allow for proper social distancing, masks will be required when necessary.

  • June 01, 2020 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Organization: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

    VOLUNTEER: Hauck Botanic Gardens Workday

    Every other Friday: See our event calendar or Civic Garden Center website.

    Join CGC staff in maintaining and caring for our grounds, Hauck Botanical Gardens. Led by our Horticulturalist Greg Torres, learn first hand what it takes to care for a botanic garden in the middle of an urban landscape. Volunteers will assist in planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, cleaning-out beds, and any other garden related tasks that arise. All tasks will be completed while maintaining social distancing and masks will be required when working within close proximity of other volunteers.

    Please email questions to volunteer@civicgardencenter.org.


  • May 29, 2020 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

    Register here.

    The event is June 27, 2020 at Fifth Third Bank parking lot (5050 Kingsley Dr, Cincinnati) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers may be asked to check orders in with customers and bring bins by cart or carrying to load into cars of the customers, or direct traffic. The event is rain or shine.

    For your safety, gloves and masks will be required and provided. If volunteering you will also be provided a boxed lunch (choices below) and water.

    If you are not capable of doing one any of the above, please indicate in the survey. You must be 18 years or older.

  • May 14, 2020 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Society of St Andrew & Vitality Cincinnati

    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. Glean and Share Southwest Ohio is a fairly new initiative that rescued 5,325 pounds of food from 8 farms in 6 counties last season!

    They are seeking volunteers to help with a variety of roles in 2 hour shifts. Sign up here: https://endhunger.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=48806


    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.


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