April 15-20 is National Volunteer Week. This is our opportunity to thank the many volunteers who give of their time and talents to serve their community. Just how many?
On average 3,000 volunteers contribute over 40,000 hours of service in Dublin alone. This is equivalent to the work of 20 employees. And this doesn’t begin to measure the enormous value of what volunteers give. For everything you do, from the visible impact at events, to those working behind the scenes, the City of Dublin says THANK YOU!
Want to get involved and make an impact in your community? Here are some upcoming opportunities:
Earth Day – Saturday, April 21
Dublin is home to more than 60 parks that enrich our community with a biodiversity, waterways, innovative design and a wide range of use and activities. Help us keep our natural habitat healthy by joining us on Earth Day, when we will remove invasive species from a parkland and plant native green goodness back into the earth. Contact email@example.com.
Shape Community Art – May 17-19
Dublin is home to more than 130 miles of recreation paths, with several tunnels running under main thoroughfares. One tunnel (Emerald Parkway & Dublin Road) has within it a massive community tile mosaic on its walls that reflects the community’s diversity, spirit and sense of place. All of the tiles have been installed by students and volunteers. The tunnel is in need of further completion; volunteers are needed to literally “leave their mark” on Dublin with this great group volunteer project. Teams may select a date and timeframe on any one of the following: Thursday through Saturday, May, 17, 18 or 19, 2018. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Save the Date for 2018 Summer Events!
Hundreds of thousands of people come to Dublin to celebrate every summer, and volunteers are a vital link to making this happen. Volunteer groups and individuals are needed to help. Dates needed are the following:
- Wednesday, July 4:Independence Day Celebration
- Friday, June 22: Corporate Challenge, an Olympics-style event that brings together Dublin companies by the dozens for friendly competition that promotes wellness, teamwork and supports area charities. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges, line monitors, timers, registration assistants and wellness assistants.
- August 3, 4, & 5:Dublin Irish Festival
- Saturday, August 18:Annual Mike Utt Scioto River Clean Up
New in 2018, several City parks have gained dedicated Park Ambassador volunteers to serve as staff liaisons to their neighboring parks, lead planned volunteer service projects and report maintenance or safety concerns to City staff. Park Ambassadors visit their parks at least once per week to fulfill their duties. If you see one of these friendly faces in your favorite park, stop and say hello! To learn more and to volunteer to become a Park Ambassador, email email@example.com.
The Giving Garden
Located next to Dublin City Hall on the grounds of the Historic Coffman Homestead is “The Giving Garden.” This eight-bed garden produces fresh veggies and herbs, which are tended to by City of Dublin volunteers, so that visitors to the historic area can see firsthand how a garden grew at the time of the homesteaders. But most importantly, is that all of the food harvested is donated directly to the grateful families of the Dublin Food Pantry. It’s a win-win-win for a piece of public land being put to great use for those who need some fresh, healthy doses of goodness. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who doesn’t love our Nature Education Coordinator Barbara Ray? Our City expert on all things nature needs assistants this spring to help her on nature walks, park explorations, and classes for kids and adults. There is no better way to learn, explore and serve. Contact Shannon at email@example.com.
If your child is a City of Dublin resident or Dublin City School student in grades K-5, get them involved early with K.I.D.S. (Kids In Dublin Service). This volunteer program aims to inspire our very youngest citizens at an early age to reach out and give to others. Contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
K.I.D.S. Leadership Team
The KIDS program is also in need of leaders to help with planning, program leadership and communication efforts. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
Weekend Park Clean Ups and Invasive Removal Projects
- Various Locations
- To inquire about volunteer opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dublin Bicycle Ambassadors
Adults interested in turning their leisure biking time into a service to the community may inquire about this program that encourages safe biking, offers extra eyes and ears out on our bike paths, and assists City staff with bike-related events.
Office and Project Assistants
Our offices are always in need of project champions. We are especially interested in matching volunteer skills and interests with City initiatives and projects in need of helping minds, whether with technology, with programs and planning, wellness and research, or communication and engagement efforts.
Recreation Program Assistants
Keep your skills sharpened and your connection to the community out front by assisting as a Program Assistant volunteer for preschool/youth programming with Dublin Recreation Services. Our team needs daytime volunteers to help make programming possible. Days and opportunities vary, but it’s a great way to keep your heart smiling and to help kids grow!
If we don’t have what you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll help guide you, or check out our Area Opportunities section.