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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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April is National Volunteer Month, and we invite you to embrace the spirit of volunteerism and get involved in any of our numerous events. Take a look at the events listed below and let us know if you want to be part of the fun! For more information, or if you have a specific interest or idea not listed here, please contact us at or call 734.794.6445.

Veterans Memorial Park Trash-a-thon, Saturday, April 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Form a team of two to four people, and the team that collects the most trash will win a prize. 2150 Jackson Road. This event is currently at capacity for volunteers. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, contact

Senior Center Spruce Up, Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Get your hands dirty as we help the Ann Arbor Senior Center shake off winter and clean up for a beautiful spring. 1320 Baldwin Avenue. This event is currently at capacity for volunteers. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, contact

Earth Day Extravaganza, Saturday, April 20. This event is currently at capacity for volunteers. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, contact We will be hosting spring cleaning at a few of our favorite parks. Let us know if you or a group you know would like to help us uncover from winter!

Featured sites:

9-11a.m. at Gallup, 3000 Fuller Rd.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bandemer, 1331 Lakeshore Dr.

1-3 p.m. at West Park, 215 Chapin St.

Jr. Volunteer Club, Friday, April 26, 4-6 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center. We will be prepping tree saplings for the annual Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival. All youth between the ages 10-15 are welcome to join us for this informative and project based meeting. RSVPs are requested for this event. Email or call 734.794.6445.

Earth Day Festival, Sunday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. In partnership with the Leslie Science & Nature Center and the Ann Arbor Earth Day Committee, we are seeking many volunteers for this wonderful event. Volunteers will help a variety of activities including set up, face painting, bike corral, parking , Hands-On demonstrations, presentation assistants and more! Please fill out this form to sign up for a shift! Leslie Science & Nature Center is located at 1831 Traver Road.

Love a Rain Garden Day, Thursday, May 2, 9a.m.-12p.m. During this public workday, volunteers and GIVE 365 staff will go on a nature walk to learn more about rain gardens. Water Resources Commissioner's staff will lead the training on why rain gardens are important, how they are built, and how to care for them into the future. We will also remove spring invasives and practice plant identification. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water, and expertise. To find out more or RSVP, contact us at

Outdoor Swimming Pool Setups. Saturday, May 11. Summer is coming, and each year we have a summer setup day to prep our facilities for our Memorial weekend opening. Join us to paint, pick weeds, wax slides, and clean up to make our pool and facility the best it can be. Please RSVP to or 734.794.6445.

Buhr Park Pool, 11a.m.-1p.m., 2751 Packard Rd.

Veterans Memorial Park Pool, 2-4p.m., 2150 Jackson Ave

A2 Blooms, Saturday, May 18, 9-11a.m. Join us for the 30th annual Ann Arbor Downtown Blooms Day. In partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and State Street Association, we will be planting flowers and beautifying downtown parks and flower beds. Let us know if you're interested!

Huron River Day, Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteer for the annual Huron River Day event (which has moved from July to May)! Volunteers are needed to support event setup, take down and areas such as the bike corral, fishing station and parking areas. Inquire at for more information about volunteering at the 2019 event. Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Opportunities:

Saturday Market Help

Beginning in May, we are seeking a motivated volunteer between 7a.m.-3p.m. during the busy Saturday market. Duties can include assisting staff, vendors and customers with orders, traffic control at loading zones, litter pick up, and customer feedback. Contact Stephanie Willette, the Farmers Market manager, to find open date and time slots: or 734.794.6000 ext 42575.

Food Truck Rallies

Wednesdays: May 1 | June 5 | July 3 | August 7 | September 4 | October 2

The Food Truck Rallies provide fun and entertainment for the whole family! Volunteers are needed to assist with Zero Waste stations, set up, and take down. They are the first Wednesday of each month and volunteer shifts are from 4-9p.m. RSVP to or 734.794.6445.

Flower Day, Sunday, May 26th, 10a.m.-5p.m.

This day is all things Flowers and Plants. We are combining with the Artisan Market to offer a special Flower Day, which will also include food trucks, live music, backyard beekeeping tips, gardening how-to from Master Gardeners, and tons of fun!‚Äč Volunteers may help with set up, vendor support, and clean up. Sign up via email or call: or 734.794.6445.

Other exciting volunteer opportunities:

Compost Cart Inspector

Come learn about composting within the City of Ann Arbor through volunteering! Help us divert landfill waste so that it can become soil.  Volunteers will learn about compost the week of April 22 with fieldwork over the next month.  Fieldwork will consist of walking through a neighborhood in pairs from 7 till 11 am inspecting compost carts.  The commitment is one shift per week from April 23-May 23.  All training materials, gear, and inspection paperwork will be provided.  Volunteers should bring water and a snack if needed.  Sign up by contacting Jenny Petoskey at or 734-794-6350 x 43317.

1519 Fuller Road