Volunteer

Get Involved!

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us! As our mission is building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship, we warmly welcome any & all who wish to join our CGC community. Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener, there is a place for you here to get involved!

To sign up for any of these opportunities, or for any additional information on volunteering, please contact Jenn Bakes at:

 volunteer@civicgardencenter.org or (513)-221-0981

 

Once you begin volunteering with us, log your volunteer hours here. Once you’re registered as a volunteer, you can attend our classes for free!

Friday Work Days

We are now offering an additional day for volunteers interested in gardening with us here at the CGC. Join us on Friday mornings from 9-11:30am. No experience necessary! All you need to bring is water, and wear clothes that you can get dirty. These resume on Friday, May 18th, and will continue through the fall.

Saturday Community Garden Workdays

If you’re only free on the weekends, fear not! We now offer Saturday workdays for volunteers only available on weekends to get involved. These workdays will focus on a different community garden each session, to get those in need of it back in good shape. These opportunities are great for beginner gardeners as well as experienced. Workdays will be twice every month, and will always be posted on our website. These opportunities include:

Saturday, June 9th, at the Cincinnati Bible Way Church in Madisonville (6315 Sierra St.), from 9-11am

Saturday, June 23rd at the Cincinnati Bible Way Church in Madisonville (6315 Sierra St.), from 9-11am

Young Professional Green Team (YPGT)

Are you a young professional who loves the outdoors, but perhaps doesn’t know the first thing about gardening? Welcome! We’d love to see some fresh faces around here. YPGT will meet monthly and engage in volunteer work, learning lectures & workshops, and happy hours and other social activities.This group exists to create a community of both beginner and experienced gardeners- to connect and educate young professionals about gardening and environmental conservation. To sign up or get more info, contact Jenn Bakes at volunteer@civicgardencenter.org. 

Our upcoming events are:

Walk & Talk with Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist, Wednesday, June 6th, 6-8pm at Buttercup Valley Preserve (Northside)

Community Garden Workday & Tour of Deeper Roots Coffee Roasterie, Saturday, July 28th from 10am-1pm (West End)

Drink & Learn featuring Kylie Johnson, GLS Coordinator at Taft’s Ale House on Tuesday, August 28th from 6-8pm (OTR)

 

Summer Sprouts

Join Youth Education Coordinator and summer interns to facilitate children’s programs in some of our community gardens. Programs focus on hands on gardening activities, harvesting from the gardens and making a snack to eat. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least three sessions in the same garden location.

2018 Locations
OTR People’s Garden 49 East McMicken Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45210
10am-noon, Wednesdays June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug 1

Pendleton Children’s Garden 406-410 East 13th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45210
10am- noon, Thursdays June 7, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26
Events

The Plant Sale: Held the first weekend in May, The Plant Sale is our largest event here at the CGC. We will need absolutely TONS of volunteers for this event, for that weekend and leading up to it. This is a great way to learn more about the Civic Garden Center & meet our other volunteers, donors & friends. Contact us to learn more!

The Christmas Tree Sale: Beginning with tree unloading the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and continuing for three weeks following, our Christmas Tree Sale also requires lots of volunteer help. It’s a great way to remain involved here in the winter, and kick off your holiday season!

Dirt Crew

Our dependable, amazing Dirt Crew volunteers are here every Wednesday morning from 9-11:30am, and always conclude with a group lunch in our library. If you’re available on Wednesdays, come get your hands dirty and enjoy the fellowship.

Compost Kids 

The Compost Kids Program teaches students why we compost, how we use compost in our gardens, identify decomposers, and taste delicious herbs grown in fertile soil

We are looking for individuals who are excited about teaching children ages 5-12 about the importance of composting, recycling, gardening & caring for our world.

Weekly programs are on Tuesday mornings (8:30 to noon) March – May. All volunteers must attend a training date. We are currently at capacity for spring, but will be seeking volunteers in the fall.

Green Learning Station

The Green Learning Station is a place for people to get outside, play around with science and sustainability concepts and take new ideas home to try. We offer a wide range of classes, tours and workshops for people of all ages, and science field trips for middle and high school students.

We are now seeking individuals who are excited about teaching middle and high school students about stormwater management and water quality in a brand new and exciting field trip, thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

Weekly programs are Wednesday and Thursday mornings (8:30-12:30 pm) from mid-             March through May. All volunteers must attend a training date. We are currently at capacity for spring, but will be seeking volunteers in the fall.

Front Desk Reception

For those who prefer helping us out indoors, we have availability for working our front desk. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone and gift shop point of sale. The benefits are meeting lots of wonderful, like-minded gardeners and learning a whole lot about the many programs we offer at the Civic Garden Center! Shifts are from 9:00 am-noon or noon-4:00pm and there are several days to choose from. We always have other administrative tasks you can help us with as well! Contact us and let us know what you’re interested in.

To sign up for any of these opportunities, or for any additional information on volunteering, please contact Jenn Bakes at:

 volunteer@civicgardencenter.org or (513)-221-0981