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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  • 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.


  • March 27, 2020 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

    Friends of the Little Miami State Park, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Children's Injury Center, is hosting a free bike helmet giveaway, and they need your help!

    Children over age 3 and teens are the preferred recipients for this bicycle-safety event to be held near the trail in downtown Loveland on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Adult volunteers are needed to distribute helmets and educate helmet recipients on proper helmet fitting. Volunteers should plan to attend a 30-minute training session at noon on Friday, May 22 in Loveland. Contact Don Hahn at dhahnj@gmail.com if you are able to help.

  • March 06, 2020 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Imago

    IMAGO AMIGOS SERVICE DAY

    Join us for a fun service morning of landscaping, trail work, gardening and habitat restoration. Perfect for a group or individuals. 

    Date:  5/9

    Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Location: Imago, 700 Enright Avenue

    *event may be postponed if social distancing rules are still in place. Stay tuned!

  • March 05, 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    POSTPONED

    Friday, May 8, 8am - 12pm

    Cincinnati Parks is gearing up for the 14th annual Mayor's Corporate Challenge! 

    Each year, for the last 13 years, thousands of volunteers have joined in the tremendous group effort of helping Cincinnati Parks kick off our season by accomplishing projects that vital to the preparation and maintenance of our parks. Groups of many sizes and abilities perform important conservation and beautification tasks that impact the work of our staff and help keep our Parks safe and beautiful! Examples of work include:

    • Mulching trees, beds & playgrounds
    • Planting trees & annuals
    • Horticulture maintenance
    • Invasive species and brush removal

    Parks has been fortunate to have the continued support from our dedicated and enthusiastic partners, and we are looking forward to what this year will bring! Please register your corporation for participation today!  


  • 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

    POSTPONED

    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.


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