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

Starting this fall, we will be working in 4 of our community gardens on a regular basis! Workdays will be 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 workday schedule:

First Friday of each month (October 5th, November 2nd): Spring Grove Village Community Garden. Located at 4680 Chickering Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232.

Second Friday (October 12th, November 9th): Pendleton Garden. Located at 406-410 East 13th Street, Cincinnati OH 45210.

Third Friday (October 19th, 16th): Julie Hanser Community Garden in Walnut Hills. Located at 2627 Stanton Ave, Cincinnati OH 45206.

Fourth or Last Friday (October 26th, November 30th): South Cumminsville Community Garden. Located at 3625 Roll Ave, Cincinnati OH 45223.

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, November 17th, at the Concord Street Community Garden in Walnut Hills (2400 Concord Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206), from 10am-1pm

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:

Sunday, November 18th, from 1-3pm. Meet on Sulsar Street at 3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207. 

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 helping out at the Treeforestation Invasive Removal Workday on Sunday, November 18th from 1-3pm. Meet on Sulsar Street at 3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207. 

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) September & October.

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 September & October.

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!

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.

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