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!

As you might have guessed, we do not offer many volunteer opportunities during the winter months. We do have shifts available to work our front desk, so please reach out if you’re interested! Otherwise, all of our opportunities will resume in March.

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:

March 8th: Spring Grove Village Community Garden (located at 4680 Chickering Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232)- CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

March 15th: Julie Hanser Community Garden (located at 2627 Stanton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45204)

March 22nd: Pendleton School Garden (located at 406-410 East 13th Street, Cincinnati OH 45210)

March 29th: Concord Street Community Garden (located at 2400 Concord St, Cincinnati, OH 45206)

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:

March 23rd: Workday at S Cumminsville Community Garden (located at 3618 Roll Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223), from 9-11:30am

March 30th: Workday at May Street Orchard (located at 2704 May 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:

Saturday, April 27th: Invasive Removal Workday at Walnut Woods. Meet on Sulsar Avenue at Walnut Hills High School, in front of the main building, located at 3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207, at 9am. Workday goes from 9am-12pm.

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.

This group is now also focused on helping us with our newest project, Treeforestation. Our next YP event will be combined with the Treeforestation workday on Saturday, April 27th at Walnut Woods. Meet on Sulsar Avenue at Walnut Hills High School, in front of the main building, located at 3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207, at 9am. Workday goes from 9am-12pm, and then we’ll head to Madtree afterward to get to know each other better, and discuss ideas for the rest of the year.

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.
All candidates must attend one of the following training:
Thursday, March 28th, 9:30 am – 12 pm

To reserve the program and training, contact Jenn Bakes at 513-221-0981. If you cannot attend the scheduled trainings but are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to reach out.

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.

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.
All volunteer candidates must attend the following training.

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