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 06, 2018 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organizer: Cincy Red Bike & Cincinnati Neighborhood Games

    In partnership with Red Bike, the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games have added a Bike Torch Relay - think Olympic Torch -  and they NEED RIDERS! Whether you're a beginner biker or an expert bike enthusiast, they need 52 people to help carry this symbol through all of Cincinnati's neighborhoods.


    Detailed map and specific checkpoints (hand-off locations in each neighborhood) are available and more info is available at cincygames.comEach leg is simply from one neighborhood to another and they average about 2-3 miles per leg, covering 84 miles over two (2) days. Cincinnati Bike Police are riding with the group.  Free and completely focused on community.

    Be a champion and sign up by contacting Wendy O'Neal or filling out the online form

  • July 05, 2018 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: UC|Sustainability, City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability, and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful 

    University of Cincinnati off campus students generate an excessive amount of waste during move in/move out weeks at the end of July each year. In an attempt to divert recyclables and reusable items from the landfill, we'll be hosting a collection drive in two locations throughout the neighborhood for the weeks of July 25th to Sunday August 5th.

    1. 2915 Clifton Ave
    2. 2823 Eden Ave

    We need at least one volunteer per site to staff the collection and ensure that items are placed in the proper containers. We'll have one area for regular trash, a recycling dumpster, and a St. Vincent dePaul trailer for reusable items. Hours are 9am to 6pm daily. There will be a floating supervisor visiting both locations, but we need someone to watch the sites for the duration of the work day.

    You may sign up for as many open spots as you wish. We need a minimum of one person per location per shift. 

    Volunteers will receive coupons for free Currito and UDF ice cream if they volunteer for at least one 3-hour shift. Cincinnati Zoo tickets will be given to anyone who volunteers a total of more than 9 hours for the duration of the collection drive.

    Please contact Megan@KeepCincinnatiBeautiful.org with any questions!

    More information will be sent upon registration to volunteer.

    Registration link: www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0449a5ab29a4fe3-ucmove

  • June 27, 2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Outdoor Adventure Club and REI

    Partner paddle with an OAC teen and steward one of Cincinnati’s treasured natural resources, the Little Miami River.  Canoes, paddles, and life vest provided, plus lunch after the paddle.  Volunteer spots are limited, sign up today!

    Sign up here. 

  • May 14, 2018 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

    Solid Waste Policy Committee Seeks Student Representative

    The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District (District) Policy Committee is seeking a high school student (junior or senior) to join the committee. This is a non-voting position that allows the student to learn more about local environmental issues and how a government agency operates.

    Prospective Hamilton County students are required to 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, 2018 with six bi-monthly meetings, concluding in July, 2019. The application form is available at HamiltonCountyRecycles.org; applications are due Thursday, June 14, 2018.

    The Policy Committee consists of four permanent members, one non-voting member, and three additional representatives. 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. All Policy Committee member positions are unpaid, as is the Student Representative.

    For more information, visit HamiltonCountyRecycles.org.


  • April 28, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

    Help in planting 700 trees in the riverbank! These trees will provide shade and habitat for fish and other wildlife, stabilize the eroding riverbanks, reduce sediment pollution, and take up pollution from the water and air.

    We will be planting approximately 700 “live stakes” (tree cuttings) into eroded banks of the Great Miami River.  This work will be done from within the river channel.  There will be opportunities to plant from canoes or the access the banks overland.  Plan to get your feet wet! 


    This event will take place Saturday, April 28, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. A follow up event will be held  which will also serve as the rain date should the March 24 event need to be cancelled due to unsuitable conditions.

    Adults & Teenagers accompanied by a parent/guardian (ages 15+).  Please register here to insure we have the correct size tee-shirt and lunch provided for you.  You will also be asked if you prefer to access the river by canoe or overland.  Canoes provided by Rivers Unlimited (Volunteer owned canoes/kayaks welcome)!


    Meet at Heritage Park in Colerain Township (groups will disperse to planting site from there).


  • April 22, 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability

    Spend Earth Day helping us keep items out of the landfill! Cincinnati Recycles and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful are looking for a few individuals to help with the One Stop Drop recycling event at Earth Day OTR on April 22nd . We’ll be collecting several different hard-to-recycle items; volunteers will assist with unloading and sorting. 


    Event Info: One Stop Drop for hard-to-recycle items at Earth Day OTR

    Where: Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

    When: Sunday, April 22, 2018.The event runs 12:00 - 5:00 pm, but help for any amount of time would be appreciated! 

    No sign-up necessary, just check in at the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful tent the day of the event. Volunteers will receive T-Shirts while supplies last. Thank you in advance for your help!

    Questions? Contact Jennifer.Ballard@cincinnati-oh.gov for more information.

  • April 21, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Celebrate Earth Day by helping us do something awesome for the earth! Rollup your sleeves and help make YOUR parks more beautiful. Assist Cincinnati Parks staff on projects such as invasive species removal, trail maintenance and more. Get a FREE workout without having to pay a gym membership!

    When: April 21st 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Where: California Woods Nature Preserve Cincinnati, OH 45230Meet at the MarianJ. and Charles D. Lindberg Nature Center. 

    To register for this volunteer opportunity, please call 231-8678 or email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov. Registration is appreciated before 4/19. 

    For more information click here. 

  • April 16, 2018 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Believe it or not, The Plant Sale is only one month away. The Civic Garden Center is in the last phase of preparation, and they need your help! There's a variety of tasks they need volunteers for leading up to the sale, and throughout the weekend of the sale (May 3 - May 5). Sign up for shifts here.

    Here some of the roles that are needed:
    • Diggers (April 16-May 30)
    • Potters (May 1-May 3)
    • Registration (May 3-May 4)
    • Kids Activities (May 4-May 5)
    • Clean-up Crew (May 5)
    • And many more!

    From April 16 - May 30, they need some diggers who are willing to retrieve the plants for the donated plants booth. There is no set schedule for this; they can work around yours. Please reach out to Jenn Bakes at jbakes@civicgardencenter.org or (513) 221-0981 if you're interested! 

  • March 24, 2018 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District 

    The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District has a vacancy on its Policy Committee in 2018. The District is seeking a General Interest representative. This position, whose term is four years, is responsible for representing the interests of citizens.

    Qualified and interested individuals are invited to apply online at HamiltonCountyRecycles.org through April 13, 2018.

    Solid waste policy in Hamilton County is managed by the Policy Committee. The Committee consists of four permanent members, one non-voting member, and three other representatives.

    Policy Committee responsibilities include reviewing and providing guidance on programs, reviewing and adjusting funding for these programs, writing and implementing a 15-year solid waste management plan, and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on solid waste management policies and budget. The Committee meets every other month.

    For more information, please contact the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District at 946-7766 or online at HamiltonCountyRecycles.org.

  • March 23, 2018 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County


    It couldn’t come at a better time following the aftermath of the recent flooding in the Cincinnati area. Great Parks is in need of volunteers to help with the annual Winton Woods Cleanup on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Families, friends, schools, companies and organizations are invited to help make a difference by removing debris and litter left behind along the shores of Winton Lake. After a day of work, volunteers will get to enjoy a grilled lunch and raffle giveaways.

    The event is free and volunteers are asked to register at https://www.greatparks.org/get-involved/volunteer by April 13. Day of registration is also welcome. Gardening gloves and sturdy shoes are highly suggested. Dress for the weather. 

    Location: Volunteers will meet at Kestrel Point Picnic Shelter in Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati.

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