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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  • 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.


  • April 14, 2020 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    Volunteers Needed:

    Trosset Wildflower Sanctuary

    We are in need of help in our Trosset Wildflower Sanctuary on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9am -11am. This work is sometimes messy and at times requires a good amount of muscle. It will also offer you a chance to learn more about native wildflowers from other knowledgeable volunteers.

    We do ask that you bring your own gloves along with always keeping 6ft distance from other volunteers and staff while here on the Farm. Also, if you need to enter our Interpretative Center to use the bathroom, a mask is required. Please use our Staff bathroom located off of our kitchen. The public restrooms are closed.

    bwalker@gormanfarm.org


  • April 10, 2020 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

    CANCELLED: Live-Stake Planting on the Little Miami River

    May 16, 2020

    10 am - 2 pm

    Starting Point: Camp Friedlander

    Ending Point: Jim Terrell Park

    During this four hour event we will be installing live-stakes (willow cuttings). The live stakes will be planted into the eroded banks of the Little Miami River. Planting will be done from within the river channel.

    Live stakes are planted using a stake, similar to a piece of rebar, and mallet to create pilot holes that live-stakes can be placed in. Pilot holes are created at a 90 degree angel to the ground. Live-stakes are inserted pointy end down, so that 1/2 to 2/3 of the live-stake is planted in soil.


  • April 08, 2020 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

    In an effort to gain new perspectives and ideas on recycling and waste diversion, the Policy Committee created a position for a Student Representative (high school junior or senior only). While this position will provide great benefit to Hamilton County, Ohio there are several benefits to the student.

    Policy Committee Student Representative will receive:

    l Hands-on experience in developing policy and programs

    l Direct experience in understanding how local government operates

    l Opportunities to hone leadership and public speaking skills

    l Opportunities to create change at the local level

    Prospective Hamilton County students are required to be in the 11 or 12 grade by September, 2020, complete an application, provide a letter of recommendation, and secure both parental/guardian and principal permission to participate. The student’s term begins in September, 2020 with six bi-monthly meetings, concluding in July, 2021. Applications are due May 1.

    The Committee consists of four permanent members, one non-voting member, and three other representatives. The Student Representative is a non-voting position. Policy Committee responsibilities include reviewing and providing guidance on programs, reviewing and approving annual budgets, writing and implementing a 15-year solid waste management plan, and making recommendations to the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners on solid waste management policies. Please note that all Policy Committee member positions are unpaid as is the Student Representative position.


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