We have many projects that are perfect for groups and organizations looking to do service. These work great for teambuilding or community engagement! We will work with you to find a date, time, and project that suits your group. We work in about 110 parks and facilities and we can always find one that could benefit from volunteer energy. We work with groups as small as 4 and as big as 50. If you are interested in scheduling, simply fill out this form with information about the group size, preferred date, and any details regarding group abilities or interest. We will then take a look at what parks need attention and come up with some options. A typical work day would be 2 hours long but we can adjust as needed. GIVE 365 brings all the necessary tools or supplies, but the volunteers bring the energy and heart! Some examples of projects that can be tailored to your group:
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.
Facility landscape beautification
There are many facilities that need support with weeding and planter bed maintenance. 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 this playground. 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!
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 than adds beauty (when properly maintained) while diverting storm water.
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.