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Urban Tree Connection is a grassroots organization, and we rely on the partnership of community volunteers to make our work possible. Last year, 978 volunteers contributed more than 7,000 hours of their time helping to rebuild neighborhoods with UTC. These volunteers not only assist UTC and the communities where we work -- typically, they find the experience personally inspiring, with many people coming back to help again and again.The questions and answers below give an overview of volunteering with Urban Tree Connection. For more information, or to schedule a volunteer project, please email our Executive Director, Noelle Warford.

Who can volunteer with Urban Tree Connection?

We are pleased to welcome anyone from an individual volunteer to a group of up to 50 people at one time. Over the years, we have hosted a diverse array of corporate groups, schools, summer camps, university groups, congregations, alternative spring break programs, and service groups. We can accommodate people of every age, skill level, and physical ability.

What is a typical volunteer experience like?

We recommend that volunteers schedule a three-hour block of time, ideally in the morning, though we are happy to accommodate each group's particular needs and interests. Depending on our current priorities, volunteers might help with projects such as planting, weeding, harvesting crops, picking up trash and recycling, building raised beds or fences, clearing new garden sites, or mowing. We always ensure that there are appropriate tasks available for volunteers of all ages and for those with physical limitations. Often, children from the neighborhoods where we work will join in the effort, giving volunteers a personal sense of the people they are helping.

What do volunteers need to bring?

Volunteers should wear work clothes and sturdy footwear that they do not mind getting dirty. In addition, volunteers should bring water bottles, and may want to consider bringing sun screen and insect repellent. Urban Tree Connection will supply all volunteers with work gloves and any tools necessary for the day's project. We do happily accept donations of tools and other garden implements, and we maintain a Wish List of items that we particularly need.

When can volunteers work with Urban Tree Connection?

We welcome volunteers throughout the spring, summer, and fall -- with occasional special projects during the winter months if weather permits. Volunteers can sign up to join us Monday-Friday, Saturdays, and some Sundays.

Can volunteers share their professional skills with Urban Tree Connection?

Yes, we are excited to learn about volunteers who possess particular skills -- such as web design, grant writing, or marketing -- that could enhance the work of Urban Tree Connection. From time to time, we also have special office projects such as filing or data entry that could be completed by a volunteer. To tell us about your skills or to find out what special projects may be coming up, please email us at info@urbantreeconnection.org.