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Group volunteer season runs April through October 

Our 2022 group volunteer season is over, but please still feel free to email us at [email protected] ​to check for project availaiblity during our off-season, November through February.  Note: Workdays during this time are limited and dependent on staff availaiblity so there are no guarantees.

Facility Maintenance and Beautification

There are many facilities that need support with weeding, planter bed maintenance, and sometimes painting. We love to watch volunteers transform a space from "in need" to "looks cared for"! 


Playground woodchip spreading

A necessary and labor intensive job is providing the muscle needed to spread piles of woodchips (specially engineered for playgrounds) into the play area for added depth to the safety surfacing. It is hard work but our volunteers take much satisfaction in seeing the results. Below you can see that around 6 inches of safety surfacing has been added to these playgrounds. There are almost 80 playgrounds here in our city and our volunteers do an amazing job supporting the efforts to keep them all up to par!

Before                                                                                        After


Park Clean ups

This can be a variety of tasks or a combination of anything on this page, but often entails trash picking, weeding, and any general beautification. 

Rain garden Maintenance 

Rain gardens needs lots of care to keep them functioning as designed. Volunteers get their hands dirty removing invasive plant growth and tending to this valuable and environmentally conscience garden that adds a beautiful gardenscape while diverting storm water.


Painting and Stenciling

Oh, the difference some paint can make! Our volunteers are amazing at beautifying areas using paint! We identify graffiti prone areas and even have begun working on park bathrooms to transform the space into something more welcoming. We provide the stencils and paint colors and the volunteers always bring the creativity. No painting experience necessary although paint projects are geared for groups ages 18 and older. Paint projects can only be completed between 35-90 degrees and when there is low precipitation. Please note that there are limited painting projects available each season.

Group Painting Information



River Clean Ups

Each summer we take groups of volunteers onto the Huron River to help clean up trash that accumulates in and along the river.  These trips are funded by a grant from the Michigan DEQ so volunteers do not have to pay for boat rentals. Groups​ can boat from Argo livery to Gallup livery, which takes about 3 hours, or can spend 1 or 2 hours in the area of river surrounding either livery. Volunteers pair up in a canoe with a trash picker in hand to retrieve trash. And yes, it is as fun as it sounds. These clean ups can accommodate groups of 6 to 20 people. Canoe Liveries are open April 18-October 18.

River Clean Up Group Information