Your pathway to involvement with the Civic Garden Center

We welcome all inquiries for volunteering at the Civic Garden Center and look forward to finding the perfect place for you to share your time with us!   Before  contacting us, please give consideration to your availability and the amount of time you are able to donate. With the exception of projects in our community or childrens’ gardens, most of our volunteer hours coincide with the Center’s weekday business hours; 9:00am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.   On occasion, there is call for volunteer help during special events which occur during evening hours, though it should be noted that this is more the exception than the rule. Thank you for your interest, now let’s get our hands dirty!

For information on any of the following opportunities please contact us at

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


Current Opportunities

THE Plant Sale – Needs Volunteers!

Our biggest fundraiser of the year needs volunteers who enjoy helping others and who want to make a difference.   Check out the dates below and contact us if you have time to help us “build” this amazing event—Rain or Shine!


5/4- 5/6 (Wed.-Fri.)           (9am-5pm) Set-up begins.  Help is needed loading, moving and setting up tables   also unloading plants from trucks.


5/6 (Friday)                      (4-10pm) Preview Party needs assistance with customer service, Plant valet, cart corralling, car loading, kitchen bussing and dishwashing.


5/7 (Saturday)                 (8am-5pm) Customer service, Plant valet, cart corralling, car loading and some tear down.


5/8 (Sunday)                    (10am-4pm) Customer service, Plant valet, cart corralling, car loading and tear down (2-6pm).


5/7-5/8 (Wed.-Thu.)         Tear down storage.  Please call for times.


Please contact Jan at jsimms@civicgardencenter.org or 513-221-0981

Get your hands dirty with COMPOST KIDS!

CK WormieBecome a volunteer facilitator for one of several stations where our smallest visitors learn about the magical world of compost.
Field trip groups are composed of 5-12 year olds who come to discover in the CGC’s outdoor Compost Classroom.

Thursdays and Fridays Only

March 17 through May 13


Sign up for available dates by contacting Jan at jsimms@civicgardencenter.org


Front Desk Reception:

Duties include greeting visitors, answering 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.   For information please call and talk to Jan Simms at 513-221-0981.

Green Learning Station:

School is in session so that means the GLS has shifted into high gear with field trips! To become a facilitator for these groups, contact Program Coordinator, Kylie Johnson; she’ll give you the 411 on training and field trips being scheduled for the future. Be sure to check out the GLS at www.greenlearningstation.org.  Kylie can be reached at 513-221-0981 or greenlearningstation@civicgardencenter.org.


Youth Education:

(Ongoing) Our need for resources is year-round since we conduct youth programs while school is in session and during the summer months.  We are seeking volunteers who enjoy communicating with kids of all ages and doing arts and crafts projects relating to nature and gardening. Positions range from prepping and monitoring kids’ workshops to project storage and re-stock. To find out more about how you can help, call our Youth Education Coordinator, Mary Dudley, at 513-221-0981 or mdudley@civicgardencenter.org

Community Gardens:

Community Gardens Coordinator, Greg Potter, has many opportunities for gardeners and community-minded people to volunteer. Gardening experience is not necessary, just a love of working with people and putting your hands to good use in the dirt. There are many ways to participate in a community garden and one is to volunteer to help as a garden worker. On most Saturdays, and well as many weekdays, throughout the year there are garden workdays at different locations in the Greater Cincinnati Area and Northern Kentucky. These include community gardens, fruit and vegetable pantry gardens, foraging projects, Permaculture sites, and market gardens. There are opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer for one day or for an individual to immerse themselves at one garden through the growing season. Extended emersion volunteer opportunities could include assisting seniors citizens at a community garden, adopting a beautification project for a garden, caring for perennial fruit and nut plantings, working with a food pantry garden and more… For details please contact Greg Potter at 513-221-0981 or communitygardens@civicgardencenter.org.

 Help that’s always needed:

  • Administrative assistance
  • Lobby Reception
  • Ambassador at off-site events
  • Facilities Maintenance and Gardening on our main campus at 2715 Reading Road
  • Gardening in our Community Gardens (call for a location near you)
  • Tour Docent

Does your employer offer volunteer grants?

Many companies now donate a matching hourly dollar amount to the charity or non-profit at which their employees volunteer.  The average volunteer grant amount averages between $8 to $15 and hour, so if an employee devotes 10 hours to our gardens that can be a $150 win for our programs! If you’re not sure if your company provides a volunteer grant, check with your human resources manager to find out and let us know so we can share the list with all our constituents and support your employer’s product or business.

Before you go out to the garden

Whether you are doing a little weeding around the house or spending the day volunteering at a neighborhood garden, here are a few essentials sure to improve your comfort and the success of your project”¦. Bare Minimum – for your own safety, make sure you have these items:

  1. Water Bottle or canteen
  2. Closed-toed shoes
  3. Hat or sunscreen
  4. Gloves

Additional items to remember:

  1. Long sleeves and pant-legs for protection against thorns, insects and sun
  2. Layers for changing temperature; a change of shoes and/or shirt
  3. Towel or bandana
  4. Snack or brown bag lunch for fuel
  5. Insect repellent and first aid items

Here’s some “grounded” advice for a perfect gardening experience”¦ Gardening Health and Safety Tips: http://www.cdc.gov/family/gardening/ Stretching for the Gardener: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYJJKwNcZeg