The GIVE 365 Program has year round volunteer opportunities for almost every interest, schedule, ability, and age focusing on recreation facilities, parks, and amenities. Your level of commitment is up to you! As a volunteer, you can sign-up for our one day events, short-term experiences, or become a long-term volunteer.
If you are interested in volunteering at any of the events below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time or at 734.794.6445 between 9am and 4pm on weekdays.
Individuals, groups, or organizations interested in volunteering can fill out an online registration. During registration you will be prompted to indicate your volunteer interests. Once registered, you or your group can begin to sign-up for volunteer activities.
Natural Area Preservation Opportunities
There are also many ways you can volunteer in parks and natural areas with the Natural Area Preservation unit in the City of Ann Arbor. To learn more about this program and how you as an individual or group can participate in their events/activities click this link for NAP.
Groups and OrganizationsIs your group or organization looking for volunteer opportunities? We
can set up workdays for your group with opportunities that meet your
specific interest. We can accommodate groups of any size, so contact
GIVE 365 to set up a customized volunteer event for you.
We are looking for groups or organizations to adopt some of our annual events to help ensure success now and into the future. Adopting an event involves your organization committing to send no less than five volunteers to your adopted event annually. This new opportunity offers your organization the chance to have annual events on your calendar that you can count on. All advertised events are up for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis! We hope that you take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in your community and with Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation.
The Adopt-a-Park program is now under GIVE 365! This program is a collaborative effort between Ann Arbor residents and city government to improve and maintain our parks. Neighbors and community groups volunteer their time to improve their chosen park. Adopters can work on a variety of projects including planting and maintaining flower beds, maintaining the trails and paths, painting and caring for park structures, cleaning up litter, planting and watering trees, mulching, and generally making sure the park is in order. You will work with the Adopt-A-Park Coordinator to create a plan customized for you and your park. We provide moral support, technical expertise, and coordination with City of Ann Arbor services; we can also provide publicity, planting materials, and tools. For more information, check out the Adopt-a-Park website.
Rain Garden Stewardship
Rain gardens capture stormwater runoff before it pollutes our local rivers- while providing beautiful gardenscapes throughout the growing season. You can become a volunteer steward and adopt a public rain garden. Stewards care for the plants, clean out sediment and keep the space looking beautiful with guidance and support from an expert. This program is a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office. View the Public Rain Garden Map to see where the rain gardens are located. Contact Catie Wytychak at email@example.com or call (734) 222-6813 for more information or to adopt a rain garden. If you are a member of a group that wants to adopt a rain garden or organize a volunteer workday, sign up through the online registration form. Group workdays are a fun and educational way to care for a public space, learn how rain gardens work and identify common native plants and weeds. Learn more about rain gardens and the Master Rain Gardener course at www.ewashtenaw.org/raingardens.
Junior Volunteer ClubThis club is for youth ages 10-15. Learn about ways to give back, gain
work-like experiences and have fun in your community. This club meets
every other month and is facilitated by GIVE 365 staff with the objective
of engaging our younger citizens to volunteer and experience the joy of
giving back. We also want to explore event planning and your thoughts
on creating new events. We have a 2017 kickoff meeting scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Fuller Park Pool. Call 734.794.6445 to RSVP or get more information.
Upcoming Volunteer Events
Love A Park Days
Lend a hand, give your time and join us to help beautify and clean up a park that needs a little love and attention. With 159 parks in the park system, there are lots of ways to support park maintenance and beautification efforts. We bring the music, refreshments, and tools; you bring the energy and desire to make a difference and together we make a beautiful parknership! And if you see a park that could use some love, let us know! Check back in the spring for future Love A Park Days.
Mack Indoor Pool Saturday Splash Days
Join us for a fun-filled volunteer opportunity leading games and activities for kids both in and out of the water at Mack Indoor Pool. Set-up and take-down times are included, and not all volunteers will need to know how to swim. We are looking for people who are comfortable interacting with children and the public. Bring a bathing suit for water activities (one-piece suits preferred). 715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School. See below for dates and time.
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.February 11 | March 11 | April 8
Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena Blitz Day
Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a fun-filled volunteer opportunity leading games and activities for kids both on and off the ice at Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena. Set-up and take-down times are included, and not all volunteers will need to know how to skate. We are looking for people who are comfortable interacting with children and the public. Bring warm clothes for outdoor activities. In case of frigid temperatures, our reschedule date is Saturday, Feb. 25.
Don't see anything that interests you? If you have a specific interest or idea not listed here, call the GIVE 365 Volunteer Program at 734.794.6445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GIVE365Program or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/A2Give365. You'll see upcoming events, photo albums, requests for help, and more!