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.
  • March 01, 2022 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    About this opportunity:

    Pitching in at Great Parks of Hamilton County will lead to fun, rewarding and unforgettable experiences!

    Adults and teens (ages 14 and older) can join our incredible long-term  team and make a positive difference in your favorite parks. You can remove invasive plants, adopt a trail, harvest native seeds, or interact directly with park guests at a gift shop, visitor center or during a nature program. Learn more about long-term volunteering.

    Does your group want to work on a full or half-day project? We have that too. You'll get to know each other better and develop teamwork while working on an energizing project that will have a positive impact on the environment and your community.

    Still not sure how you would like to get involved? Try out one of our pre-planned, half-day community service projects via One-Day Volunteering.

    Whether you have time to give back for a day, a few weeks or years to come, Great Parks has a place for you!


  • February 25, 2022 10:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio Citizen Action

    About this call to action:

    Please urge your legislator to repeal the OVEC bailout!

    Ohio legislators have a golden opportunity to finally repeal all of House Bill 6 by ending the consumer bailout of the two outdated, polluting OVEC coal plants -- one of which is in Indiana. This coal giveaway was added at the last minute to House Bill 6 and is costing Ohio consumers $287,671 every day

    FirstEnergy customers will pay for the OVEC plants with their monthly electric bills through 2030 despite not using any of their generated electricity.

    Lawmakers must pass SB 117 and HB 351, which would repeal the coal bailouts, provide a refund to Ohio consumers and help reverse some of the damage done by the corruption of HB 6.

    Both bills were introduced by Republican legislators and have bipartisan support. Governor Mike Dewine has also said he supports the repeal of the OVEC bailout.

    It’s time for our legislators to JUST VOTE ALREADY on these two bills!

    Fill out this form to contact your legislators about repealing all of HB6.

  • February 25, 2022 9:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Citizen's Climate Lobby (Cincinnati Chapter)

    About this opportunity:

    Protect our environment and the special place in which we live!

    Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) wants you! As a volunteer, you’ll be a member of the fastest growing and most effective climate advocacy group. You will work with concerned Ohio citizens to slow the effects of climate change. Let's work together to protect our beautiful ecosystems, livelihoods and way of life. Please respond to our posting for an invitation to learn more.

    You will:

    • Meet with Congressional leaders.
    • Write letters to the editors and op-eds.
    • Meet with local media.
    • Educate your community about global warming and legislative solutions.

    We provide:

    • Monthly national conference calls with expert guest speakers.
    • Weekly skill building sessions.
    • On-line network with CCL volunteers across the U.S.
    • National conference and lobby week in D.C.

    Volunteers commit to an average of 4-6 hours a month. Some of our volunteers dedicate more time than that. We hold no upper limit on your dedication to a stable climate and livable world.

    Want to know more? Please join our weekly Introductory Conference Call. The next one is on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Pacific/6:00 p.m. Mountain/7:00 p.m. Central/8:00 p.m. Eastern. It is a live call, about an hour long, and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

    More information about this volunteer opportunity can be found here.

    Please register for the call at this link so that we can follow up with you.

  • January 03, 2022 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

    The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition produces an annual Earth Day celebration. It's a community event for not-for-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tri-State region who work cooperatively and actively to promote the beauty and environmental quality of the Tri-State area.

    This year, the Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration will be held on April 23, 2022 at Summit Park in Blue Ash, OH.

    Want to volunteer at the largest earth day event in the region? Learn more here.

  • January 03, 2022 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

    As a non-profit that is committed to people and the environment, we champion the dedication and tenacity of our volunteers! Whether you're interested in restoration, education, recreation (or all three), there are a plethora of ways for you to get involved here at MCA.

    Learn more and fill out the form here.


  • December 07, 2021 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Join Cincinnati Parks in adding to a century of community science by joining National Audubon Society’s 122nd Annual Christmas Bird Count!   

    The Christmas Bird Count is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  

    The dates for our local counts are scheduled for December 19 in the West Region, and December 26 in the East Region. We will be meeting at 8:00am each day, break at noon for lunch, and reconvene before the afternoon shift.  The afternoon shift will be from 12:30 - 5:00pm. If you can only bird for a half-day, we are happy to have you! If you intend on participating for a whole day, please sign up for both time slots.  

    Volunteers will be paired with seasoned birders. Please note that requirements for this opportunity are:  

    • Must have own transportation  
    • Must have basic knowledge of local bird species  
    • Must be 14 years or older; children must be accompanied by a guardian  
    • Participants must be able to move themselves along trails, over uneven ground, up and down hills, and across bridges and streams  
    • This event is rain or shine; be prepared to bird in any weather conditions  
    • Participants will be required to have a face mask with them at all times, to be worn when a distance of 6 ft cannot be maintained  

    If you meet these conditions, please sign up online at better impact.  

    If you have any questions, please email Nicole.niemeyer@cincinnati-oh.gov  


    The link to sign up is https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/3ef7a4d9-44cf-40b9-aa64-6068529691e0/Activity/ab4bc41e-14d7-493f-a4f2-307604c007b6/1


  • December 03, 2021 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

    FLMSP has no paid staff—we are all volunteers, and we hope you will join us. Everyone is welcome; every effort helps.  Work on your own or with a group. We’ll provide the tools, supplies and training. The amount of time you devote is always your decision, and your work will always be sincerely appreciated.

    Find opportunities HERE!

  • November 23, 2021 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Cincinnati Parks have a long and distinguished tradition in Cincinnati. The city is fortunate to have a thriving system consisting of 5,000-plus acres of city parklands including five regional parks, 70 neighborhood parks, 34 natural areas, five neighborhood nature centers, 30 sites managed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, five parkways, 16 scenic overlooks, 2 arboretums, and 65 miles of hiking and bridle trails. Within this robust "city within a park", thousands of square footage of floral displays are created and maintained by a team of horticulturists that in no small way place the finishing beauty on the special destinations of Cincinnati Parks. 

    We are organizing opportunities for volunteers to support the important work of Parks horticulture staff in select parks locations. Volunteers will assist Parks horticulturists with general horticultural needs (clearing, weeding, deadheading, light pruning, watering, and planting). This a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in public horticulture and enjoys working outdoors, and is comfortable engaging with the public to answer questions about our gardens. 

    Some opportunities are team based and others have more autonomy, but in all cases the work is guided by our staff. The goal is to build an experienced group of volunteers to support efforts that keep our parks beautiful and healthy. All of these opportunities require an on-going commitment, minimum of one season, but hopefully more! 

    When you register, you will have a brief interview with a volunteer coordinator or someone from the horticulture team. We want to ensure a good fit for all volunteers and the team.

    Sign up here!

  • November 23, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

    Volunteers are necessary for the Hub’s day-to-day operations! Thank you for being interested in lending a helping hand.

    Children under 16 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult at all times under the following guidelines:

    Children Under 8: One adult for every child

    Children 9-11: One adult for every two children

    Children 12-15: 1 adult for every three children

    For large corporate groups or troops, please contact the Hub to schedule.

    Check out different volunteer opportunites below:

    • To volunteer at our regular operating hours: click here

    If it is your first time volunteering, please read this document for more detailed information and print and sign this waiver to bring with you to your shift. Once signed, the waiver is good until the end of the calendar year.

    If you can’t commit to volunteering now, but are still interested, please complete this form to hear about future volunteer opportunities, or if you are interested in volunteering in other ways.

    If you have any questions about volunteering, please email crrh.volunteer@gmail.com.


  • October 27, 2021 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Common Orchard Project (incubated by Green Umbrella)

    Are you interested in becoming a Common Orchard Steward?

    If you currently care for public fruit trees, have just planted an orchard with us, or would like to volunteer at a community orchard, this training is for you!

    Beginning this fall, and continuing throughout 2022, we will be offering a series of free trainings for folks committed to caring for a community orchard. Check out the workshop series here and register to participate.

    The training series is designed to have at least 2 separate times for each session in order to fit everyone in the classroom. While we think it is possible to learn all you need to by attending one of each session, we recognize how long it really takes to integrate this information. Therefore, the rule of thumb here is that you may come back to the same session in different years, miss a session and pick it up next year, or even come to both in one year! Learn at your own pace and come back until you feel you grasp the full concept. This training plus a monthly newsletter should get you on the path of how to care for your community fruit trees.

    This training is NOT for the average backyard orchardist. If you are interested in learning how to care for your own PERSONAL fruit trees, we will offer a paid training over a weekend in May or June. For now, this training is only for those who are caring for public and community based fruit trees. If you would like to take responsibility for a public orchard, please email info@commonorchard.com to ask about where to connect in!

    Please read the Schedule CAREFULLY, this is a course over a long time period and presenting the information in a chronological fashion is difficult.

    Here is the URL for the Schedule:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1icWDTqKEfxbZag8AIAhvZF7vp-OMExWI/view?usp=sharing

    We value these 9 training sessions at $400, and for it to be free, we ask that participants commit to an orchard for at least 2 years of care.

    Missed the first session? Not to worry - you can join at any point as the training program will be offered on an ongoing basis.

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