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.
  • 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

  • February 02, 2021 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Village Green Foundation

    Board Member Overview

    Organizational Summary


    The Village Green Foundation exists to build an environmentally sound and socially just community. Through education and resource sharing it seeks to empower individuals to live more independently and sustainably and to work to make it easier for others to do the same.


    Gardens at the Village Green provide resources for people to grow their own food by leasing individual garden plots, organizing educational workshops, and maintaining its grounds and greenhouse as community resources for food production and learning.

    MoBo Bicycle Cooperative breaks down barriers to cycling by finding new homes for used bikes and by teaching adults and youths DIY bike repair. Members have access to use of shop tools, guidance from experienced volunteers, and can adopt used parts and bikes for pay-what-you-can pricing or volunteer labor.

    Board Member Expectations

    Safer Space

    The Village Green Safer Space policy acknowledges that no single place can be perfectly safe for all people, but that it is each and every person’s responsibility to strive for that nevertheless. Board Members are required to uphold the Safer Space policy in their own actions and to hold other community members accountable for theirs.

    Legal and Fiscal Responsibility

    As a 501c3 non-profit, the Village Green Foundation has legal and financial obligations. It is the Board’s responsibility to see that these are met.

    Leadership Through Action

    The Village Green Board is a working board, and its members are meant to lead by example. All members are expected to be a key volunteer for at least one program session per month. Examples include MoBo Open Shop, Garden Volunteer days, and outreach events.

    Attend Board Meetings

    Regular attendance at monthly board meetings is critical to providing informed and responsible guidance for the organization. We ask members to attend all meetings (and understand that life keeps this from being 100% possible)

    Committee Leadership

    Board members lead best when engaging the volunteer base. We ask each member to lead a committee to support the organization’s mission. Examples are Volunteer, Finance, Communications, Garden, and Shop committees.

    Financial Support

    All Board members are expected to demonstrate their commitment to the organization by making a monetary gift of any amount.

    Length of Term

    In order to provide stable and continuous leadership, we ask members to commit to a two year term of service.



  • January 29, 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Green Acres


    Saturday Stream Snapshot is back for 2021! We are looking for water chemical testing volunteers who are passionate about the health of our rivers and streams. By participating in collecting water samples from sites around the watershed or performing water chemical testing at our Water Quality Education Center you can take an active role in protecting the Little Miami.

    No previous experience is needed to participate and training is provided. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in the field of water quality testing in a lab setting.


    Saturday Stream Snapshot takes place on the second Saturday of each month from March-November. Water samples are collected by volunteers from around the Little Miami River watershed before 10:00 am on Saturday morning, and subsequent water chemical testing takes place at the Greenacres Water Quality Education Center from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Water samples are analyzed for pH, conductivity, turbidity, nitrates, total phosphorous, conductivity, optical whiteners, chlorophyll, and fecal coliform bacteria.



    MARCH 13

    APRIL 10

    MAY 8

    JUNE 12

    JULY 10

    AUGUST 14




    Register here

  • December 21, 2020 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Walnut Woods Workdays - meet at Walnut Hills High School

    January 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    February 27, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Civic Garden Center also has ongoing volunteer opportunities. Learn more at https://www.civicgardencenter.org/volunteer/

  • December 08, 2020 4:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Communities United For Action (CUFA)


    Communities United For Action is asking Gov. DeWine to end utility shut-offs during the COVID pandemic. We know he cares about his own grandchildren, so we are asking kids (and their parents!) from all over Cincinnati to write a brief letter or social media post to tell him why he needs to help people keep their water, gas, electricity and internet on. We will put these letters in a short video for social media and deliver them Gov. DeWine sometime in December. It’s the holidays, so let’s send our holiday wish list! Please post to social media or get your letters to CUFA or a CUFA member by December 11.

    Sample letters:

     Dear Gov. DeWine, All I want for the holidays is heat in my house. Don’t be a scrooge. Jonah, Cincinnati, age 6

     Dear Gov. DeWine, please help my mom pay our electric bill so we can have a Merry Christmas. MyKaliah, Cincinnati, age 13

     Dear Gov. DeWine, I cannot go to remote school without electricity and internet, and we can’t afford it. Darius, Cincinnati, age 11

    Draw pictures or decorate your letter to make it personal.

    Upload at: cufacincy.org/stop_shutoffs

    Deliver in person or mail to: 1814 Dreman Ave. 45223 (mailbox is on the porch between buildings)

    Sample social media posts (post with a picture!):

     All we want for our holidays is to not have to worry about utilities getting shut off in a pandemic, @GovMikeDeWine Don’t be a scrooge! #NoShutoffs @cufacincy

     I wish my parents could fill my wish list, but mom lost her job and we might not be able to pay utilities through the holidays. Thanks, @GovMikeDeWine #NoShutoffs @cufacincy

     Christmas would be better this year if my parents weren’t so stressed about how we’ll make it through another shutdown. Don’t shut off our utilities @GovMikeDeWine #NoShutoffs @cufacincy

    If you are using your own social media, quote your kids or use your own words. Gov. DeWine needs to understand what we are all going through, and why it’s so important that he protect Ohioans from utility shutoffs.

    Then join CUFA on December 15 at 1:00 PM for their #NoShutoffs caroling and letter delivery event at Hamilton County Health Department (250 William Howard Taft Rd):

  • November 25, 2020 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: City of Cincinnati

    TO REGISTER: Please fill out the form at http://bit.ly/EVDigitalAmbassador and the registration link will be emailed to you.

    Are you interested in electric vehicles? Do you like communicating on social media? Sign up to be a Digital EV Ambassador!

    EV Cincy is an education and awareness initiative of the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability. We are now recruiting for our second class of EV Cincy Digital Ambassadors. This is a volunteer position that will play a key role in helping to educate 10,000 residents on the benefits of driving electric vehicles, by sharing EV-related content through social media channels. Increased adoption of electric vehicles has the potential to have a major impact in reducing local emissions, improving public health, and helping stop climate change.  

    Registration for our second class of Ambassadors will be open through the end of November 2020, and this round of the program will run from December 21, 2020 - March 22, 2021 with a holiday break from December 24 - January 5. There will be an orientation session on December 17, offered at both 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM. To sign up, fill out the form at http://bit.ly/EVDigitalAmbassador and details to register for an orientation session will be emailed to you!

    If you have any questions, please email jennifer.zavon@cincinnati-oh.gov or carla.walker@cincinnati-oh.gov.

  • November 10, 2020 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

    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!

    Click here for more details.

  • September 30, 2020 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Arboretum

    Volunteer Dates Here.

    REGISTRATION NOW REQUIRED. See link for other procedural changes. Volunteers join up with Arboretum staff every Tuesday morning through October to help with our plant collection maintenance needs.

    Full Description

    A staff member will guide volunteers from our initial meeting site to various areas around the Arboretum, and lead them through the day's project depending on season and maintenance needs. Projects typically include installing new plants, light pruning, and planting bed maintenance but can also consist of other needs such as plant label assembly or off-site plant/seed collection trips.


    New safety procedures have been established to protect staff, volunteers, and public visitors alike - the following is a summary of the procedures directly relating to the volunteer program:

    • Volunteers must pre-register for EACH volunteer event to ensure a max number of participants is not exceeded, and so staff can be prepared with appropriate amount of PPE, sanitizer, and clean equipment.
    • Volunteers are encouraged to bring and use their own hand tools if possible (preferably labeled with the volunteer's name). Typically useful are hand pruners, garden trowel, weeding tools, shovel/spade, pitch fork. The Arboretum will also have tools available, but proper sanitization is required between each person using it. (Thus why it is easier if most people just bring their own.)
    • Volunteers must conduct safety self-checks (just as staff do every morning) prior to arrival at the Arboretum --- confirm to yourself you are NEGATIVE for ALL of these symptoms (not related to a chronic/ preexisting condition): ♦ Fever ♦ Repeated shaking with chills ♦ Sudden onset of aches/ pains ♦ Headache ♦ Recent loss of taste/ smell ♦ Chills ♦ Cough ♦ Shortness of Breath ♦ Sore throat ♦ Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea ♦ Tested positive for Covid-19, had known exposure to Covid-19, or been in contact with someone who is being evaluated for Covid-19 within the previous 14 days.
    • We will still meet at our usual starting spot -- the first parking lot to the left just inside the Arboretum's driveway entrance (look for the flagpole).
    • Before starting their shift, volunteers will sign an agreement form indicating they are negative for every point of the safety self-check (see above) as administered on that particular day.
    • Staff and volunteers must wear face masks/ coverings ("N95" not required) over their mouth and nose while in close proximity to each other. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own masks, but the Arboretum will provide masks for volunteers without their own.
    • Hands will be washed or sanitized as frequently as realistically possible; tool handles sanitized before and after each shift, and between use by different people.
    • Limit the amount of time spent in close proximity -- instructional periods are fine (with masks and appropriate distancing), but no unnecessary congregating.
    • No volunteer transport in county- or staff-owned vehicles, golf carts, etc. (Specific new procedures must be followed if more than one person is in a vehicle, even among staff.)
    • Volunteers may wish to drive their own vehicle (rather than walk) from our initial meeting site to the particular work site of the day, but carpooling is strongly discouraged.
    • At least for now, our usual lunches at the end of Tuesday volunteer shifts are cancelled, pending further guidance on this specific matter.

  • September 15, 2020 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.  

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