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 Community Garden Workdays

From March-November, we work in 4 of our community gardens on a regular basis! Workdays are from 9am-11:30am. Make sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring water. Beginners welcome! We’ll be meeting at the gardens. Here is the schedule of upcoming workdays:

July 12th: Concord Street Community Garden (located at 2400 Concord St, Cincinnati, OH 45206)

July 19th: Pendleton School Garden (located at 406-410 East 13th Street, Cincinnati OH 45210)

July 26th: Julie Hanser Community Garden (located at 2627 Stanton Ave, Cincinnati OH 45204)

August 9th: Spring Grove Village Community Garden (located at 4680 Chickering Ave, Cincinnati OH 45232)

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 go from March-November, and 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. Our upcoming workdays are:

August 10th: Workday at S Cumminsville Community Garden, located at 3600 block of Roll Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223, from 9-11am

Treeforestation: Invasive Plant Removal

We’re kicking off a new project at the CGC: Treeforestation. Many of Cincinnati’s green spaces are overrun with invasive plants. As more and more ash trees come down, thinning our tree canopy, there is increasingly more room for invasive species (Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Garlic Mustard) to take over and exclude our native plants and animals. Therefore, rather than having our Christmas Tree Sale, we are kicking off this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces. We will begin by having a series of invasive removal workdays this fall and next spring. We will then begin planting native trees in the fall of 2019.

The first space we’re focusing on is Walnut Woods, a 10-acre property adjacent to Walnut Hills High School. We will be restoring it in collaboration with Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Parks, UC, the Evanston Community and more. This will be an ongoing project, and we could use your help! Our next workday is:

July 20th: Workday at Walnut Woods, located at Walnut Hills High School (3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207). Park on Sulsar Street & we’ll gather on the sidewalk in front of the school. 9am-12pm. Register here! 

August 24th: Workday at Walnut Woods, located at Walnut Hills High School (3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207). Park on Sulsar Street & we’ll gather on the sidewalk in front of the school. 9am-12pm. Register here! 

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 next event is an educational Walk & Talk at Buttercup Valley on Thursday, July 25th, from 6-8pm, led by our horticulturist, Greg Torres. We’ll meet at the end of Stanford Drive in Northside, at the entrance to the trail. After the hike, we’ll walk over to The Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223) for a drink. Register here! 

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.

The Compost Kids Program

is 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) April & May. We have enough volunteers for spring, but reach out if you’re interested in helping out in the fall.

The Green Learning Station Program

is 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) in April & May. We have enough volunteers for spring, but reach out if you’re interested in helping out 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 9am -12pm or 12:30-4pm. We currently have the afternoon shifts on Tuesdays & Fridays available. Let us know if you’re interested!

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.

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