National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, 2018, is dedicated to recognizing and thanking the volunteers who lend their resources to support causes.
Organizations are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Searching for volunteering opportunities in your community is relatively easy. Visit volunteermatch.org or volunteerhouston.org to see upcoming volunteer opportunities for your most cared for causes. 18 or under? Serve for Good, developed by local Houston high school students, lists nearly 100 organizations with volunteer opportunities for children and teenagers.
We have also compiled a list of some of the volunteering opportunities offered by CEC member organizations and their partners:
- Sheldon Lake Prairie Restoration on 4/17/18. A weekly volunteer opportunity, every Tuesday, that include separating and potting rescued grasses, planting mature grasses and collecting seed.
- Orientation for New McGovern Centennial Gardens on 4/18/18. A monthly orientation, learn about becoming a regular volunteer at McGovern Centennial Gardens. For more information, email [email protected].
- Japanese Garden Volunteer Opportunity on 4/19/18. A weekly volunteer opportunity, every Thursday. For more information, email [email protected].
- Stormwater Wetland Program on 4/19/18. A weekly volunteer opportunity, every Thursday. Help propagate plants in the wetland plant nursery. For more information, email [email protected].
- HPARD’s Native Plant Propagation Workday on 4/19/18. The Habitat Restoration group meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at the HPARD Greenhouse. For more information, email [email protected].
- Prairie Friday on 4/20/18. An opportunity to participate in stewardship work. Please visit abnc.org for more information.
- Jesse Jones Park Bioblitz on 4/21/18. Document and identify the diversity of plants and animals in the park. Call 281-446-8588 for reservations or information.
- Friends of Don Green Park hosts workdays on the third Saturday of most months, including April 21 this year. Near Meyerland.
- Migration Celebration on 4/21/18. Volunteers are needed for events, tours, presentations and other activities at this family nature festival. Email [email protected] for more information.
- Stormwater Wetland Spring Planting at Exploration Green on 4/21/18. Plant the shores of Exploration Green Nature Park’s new lake. For more information visit tcwp.tamu.edu or contact Mary Carol Edwards at [email protected].
- Olivewood Cemetery Clean-up on 4/21/18. First and third Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please visit descendantsofolivewood.org.
- Willow Waterhole 2018 MusicFEST on 4/21/18. Volunteers are needed for the sixth edition of the Willow Waterhole 2018 MusicFEST. For more information, visit mailchi.mp.
- Earth Day Houston on 4/22/18. CEC is coordinating volunteers to serve as recycling ambassadors for a 2-1/2 hour shift. Email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering, and please let us know if you represent a group.
CEC hopes to hire several volunteer interns this summer, with meaningful work, a mentorship program, field trips, flexible hours, and a constant supply of chocolate. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a resume to [email protected], and await a response after Earth Day.
The banner above is currently the banner photo for the National Volunteer Week page on pointsoflight.org. Organized by Volunteer Houston, this workday benefited MECA Houston‘s 100-year-old school building, where CEC’s office is located. It’s a fun place.
Earth Day Houston
Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon-6 p.m. at Discovery Green! Hosted in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy–is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage action.
- Over eighty exhibitors and a foodie farmers market with dozens of vendors.
- Earth Talks: Short, engaging talks from local experts about compelling environmental issues. Speakers include Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, tropical disease expert Dr. Peter Hotez, plastic pollution youth advocates Caolin and Lila, sustainable design house Magpies & Peacocks, NASA, HARC’s Lisa Gonzalez, and more.
- Compost, recyclables, and trash: Volunteer recycling ambassadors will help visitors make wise disposal choices. While Earth Day Houston 2018 won’t be a zero-waste event, we are setting a baseline for future events by tracking and weighing all garbage destined for the landfill–and measuring waste being diverted for recycling and composting.
- Make a difference: You will be challenged to make commitments to protecting and improving our environment. And if doing good isn’t enough, we’ll have prizes.
- Acoustic music and pop-up activities–including live animal and plant demonstrations, story time, an electric car petting zoo, recycling superheroes, and functioning solar panels–throughout the day.
- Alternative transportation, including bike rides, a bike valet, and Metro passes will be available.
If you are interested in being a sponsor or corporate volunteering, please email [email protected]
Houston Green Film Series: “Disobedience” – April 18, 2018
Climate change is real, and it’s up to the will of the people to reverse its adverse effects. This is the argument that drives Disobedience, produced by the activist organization 350.org. Disobedience introduces us to inspiring groups of people who are advocating for a better way of life for their families, their communities and their planet. For a closer look, watch the trailer. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local activists who will talk about whether, when, and how civil disobedience relating to environmental issues is appropriate for Houston. April 18, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7 p.m. screening. Free to the public, although donations are kindly appreciated. Find more information at the Facebook event.
Tickets Now on Sale: Stump the Treehugger
CEC’s second annual environmental trivia contest, will be a chance to join in friendly competition with other treehuggers at Saint Arnold Brewing company on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018. To get the competitive juices flowing, visit Instagram for our weekly Trivia Tuesday contests. Individual and team tickets are now available on Eventrbite.
Support Earthshare of Texas, CEC, others at H-E-B
Throughout April, remember to give $1, $3, or $5 to EarthShare of Texas when you shop at any H-E-B or Central Market. 100% of those funds go to the 42 environmental charities-including CEC and many of our member organizations-that belong to EarthShare of Texas. Through this partnership H-E-B and its customers have donated almost $1 million to EarthShare of Texas. Help us make that $1 million mark this year.
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