Groups of volunteers comprise the majority of our workdays, and these work great for teambuilding and community engagement! We work with you to find a date and time that suits your group to begin the scheduling process. Then, we work on establishing a project and location based on current park needs. Some examples of projects that can be tailored to your group are below. At the moment, we are working on revising our scheduling system for the 2020 season and will open the spring/summer calendar in February- so stay tuned!
The majority of our projects are outdoors, which means the colder months are also a transition period at GIVE365. During the winter, we are limited in project offerings but warmer months bring more availablity to schedule as well as a variety of park priorities. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-794-6445.
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.
River Clean Up Group Information [PDF]