Our Parks depend on support from those who use it and treasure it. Your contribution of time is one way you can help Cincinnati Parks maintain our status as one of the top urban park systems in the country. We have one-time and ongoing opportunities available to provide a rewarding and safe volunteer experience.
Cincinnati Parks has been approved by the Points of Light Foundation to be an official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program!
The Presidential Service Award allows Cincinnati Parks to recognize its volunteers in a unique and special way. It also commends recipients that live a life of service through Presidential gratitude and national recognition.
To be eligible, you must complete the following amount of volunteer hours (with Cincinnati Parks) per calendar year based on your age group:
|Hours by Award||Bronze||Silver||Gold|
|Kids (5-10 years)||26-49||50-74||75+|
|Teens (11-15 years)||50-74||75-99||100+|
|Young Adults (16-25 years)||100-174||175-249||250+|
|Adults (26 years & older)||100-249||250-499||500+|
|Families and Groups*||200-499||500-999||1,000+|
|President’s Lifetime Achievement Award: |
Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime.
|*Two or more people, with each member contributing at least 25 hours toward the total.|
There is a great need for outdoor and gardening enthusiasts to help maintain numerous urban parks and greenspaces throughout the city by • Removing honeysuckle and other invasive plants • Planting flowers and trees • Removing and/or replacing ground cover.
The Waterfront parks have a need for volunteers to perform the invaluable task of removing litter from the riverbanks as well as assisting with data entry. Carol Ann’s Carousel has a need for an Ambassador/Greeter; someone who can provide information and enhance the overall Carousel experience.
Is your organization looking for an outdoor volunteer project or a team building opportunity? Does your scout troop need a service outing? If the answer is yes…just give us a call (at least 3 weeks in advance) and we can arrange a project that may include maintaining urban landscapes • Cleaning up a wooded area • Removing honeysuckle and other invasive plants • Planting flowers and trees • Painting tables, benches & flower pots • Building a bridge • Building a trail.
Our youth programs require many volunteers to help with special events and nature programs. If you enjoy nature and children…this may be the perfect opportunity. Available volunteer opportunities are: Nature Camp Assistant • Trail Patrol • Nature Center Ambassador • Seamstress for Costumes & Crafts • Animal Caregiver at Nature Centers • Survey Taker.
Since its inception in 2007, many companies have sent thousands of employees to urban parks and greenspace areas as well as the downtown Cincinnati area, including Washington Park in Over-The-Rhine, the waterfront parks, Smale Riverfront Park, Eden Park and more! Volunteers come from corporations such as GE Aviation, The Home Depot, Duke Energy, Ethicon Endo Surgery, Humana, Toyota, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Bank, Kao USA Inc, The Nielsen Company, and many, many more to dig in, clean up downtown, and make a big difference!