Remote Volunteering Opportunities in the 1% for the Planet network

Seeking passionate, determined, Earth-loving volunteers to join the fight for a better future!


 

Even when gathering in person is off the table, we can still make a difference and give back through volunteering. The nonprofits in our network have stepped up to find creative ways to volunteer remotely and locally while keeping safe and staying distanced. 

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, marketing expert, master crafter, web design extraordinaire or anything in between, our network has a volunteer opportunity to put your skills to work protecting our planet. 

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Involve your community in missions that you care about

Buffalo Field Campaign

Location: anywhere

Mission: Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Distribute Buffalo Field Campaign's 2020-2021 Annual Newsletter in your community! This newsletter is a great resource for folks who are already familiar with the issue, and for introducing new people to the buffalo and their struggles. Help us spread the word to save the herds!

We would love to send you a stack of newsletters to distribute in your community, share with friends and co-workers, or to place in coffee shops or other businesses

Come Alive Outside

Location: anywhere

Mission: Come Alive Outside works to inspire collaborative community systems that create the awareness, intention and opportunity for people to live healthier lives outside

Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Come Alive Outside Ambassador:

Ambassadors promote virtual walking challenges locally with their companies and/or networks, host at least one virtual fundraiser a year, have the option to do social media takeovers highlighting their own outdoor adventures and how connecting to the outdoors has made a positive impact on their own lives, and help us build awareness of our brand and programs!

Habits of Waste

Location: anywhere

Mission: Habits of Waste is working to protect our planet by finding solutions that will allow individuals to make environmentally positive choices.

Volunteer Opportunity: Every year, over 40 BILLION single-use plastic utensils are disposed of. Many of these pieces of cutlery are unnecessarily delivered when customers order takeout to their home or office. Take 5 minutes today to join #CutOutCutlery and with one click, email DoorDash, and GrubHub to request that they make single-use plastic utensils available by request only.


 

Positive Change for Marine Life

Location: anywhere

Mission: Through their core values of understanding, education and respect, Positive Change for Marine Life empowers communities to take action for our ocean, developing long-term initiatives which benefit the sea, as well as those who rely upon it for survival.

Volunteer Opportunity: Positive Change for Marine Life is looking for a Supporter Engagement Officer, who will work with the Development Manager to deliver fundraising and communications initiatives. Together we will conceptualize, develop and deliver supporter engagement programs to increase awareness of PCFML and strengthen existing supporter relationships.

People & Pollinators Action Network

Location: Colorado, anywhere

Mission: People & Pollinators Action Network is creating large-scale protections for pollinators, one garden and conversation at a time

Volunteer Opportunity:

1. Sign the Colorado Pollinator License Plate Petition and Share! We need 3,000 signatures of Colorado registered vehicle owners to qualify PPAN to apply for a new Colorado Pollinator License plate!

2. Empower others to be part of creating a Pollinator Safe movement around Colorado. To be part of a Pollinator Safe community, it’s as easy as talking to your neighbors and your local businesses and asking them to sign the pledge!

Futaleufú Riverkeeper Foundation

Location: anywhere 

Mission: Futaleufú Riverkeeper Foundation is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the Cuenca and the Futaleufú and the communities living in it. 

Volunteer Opportunity:

1. Development - Assist FRK's Executive Leadership (which is split between Chilean Patagonia and various regions of the U.S.) in the feasibility of hosting fundraising events in the US. The volunteer will be expected to review past fundraising efforts, connect with FRK's partner organizations and funders in the US, contact past supporters under the guidance of FRK board members, and develop a strategy for hosting a series of events to boost interest in supporting river conservation in Patagonia.


2. Storytelling - Support FRK's Communications Director in drafting compelling stories about our work in Chilean Patagonia, including establishing the first kayaking leadership school for young women and launching the first resident-led water monitoring program in Patagonia. 

Trips for Kids Marin

Location: anywhere

Mission: Trips for Kids Marin works to provide transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Small Grants - Grant Writer: This position will work directly with TFKM’s Development Director to help research, write, and submit grant applications for grants that award up to $10,000.

The TFKM Development team will organize volunteers through email, phone and occasional Zoom meetings. We’ll give you full details on TFKM’s programs and project boilerplate language used for grants. Though your participation takes place online, occasionally we will organize special in-person events once it is safe to do so.

Wild Farm Alliance

Location: anywhere

Mission: Wild Farm Alliance is helping farmers benefit from and support wild nature while producing healthy food while working with conservationists and consumers to support these efforts.

Volunteer Opportunity: Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) is seeking a volunteer to assist us with our communication and outreach efforts including but not limited to to the following:
  • Weekly/daily social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Reaching out to farmers and related nonprofits and organizations in CA, OR, WA to sign up farmers for our Songbird Farm Trail
  • Assisting with outreach when we release monthly videos showcasing farmers and researchers discussing the benefits of birds on the farm.
Camino Verde

Location: anywhere

Mission: Camino Verde works to restore the forest landscapes of the Amazon by strengthening forest communities.

Volunteer Opportunity: We need volunteers to help us read and edit over grant narratives and also to help in our outreach to companies who might want to plant trees.

Charité Chrétienne pour Personnes en Détresse

Location: anywhere

Mission: Charité Chrétienne pour Personnes en Détresse is working to improve the conditions of life of people living in Togo.

Volunteer Opportunity:

1. Research & recommend funding options

There are various funding opportunities for nonprofits like us and we need help researching and understanding the options available to us.

2. Write a funding grant proposal

We need experts in grant writing to help us prepare and write professional grant proposals to relevant funding agencies
 
3. Create a fundraising video
We would like to create a compelling video about our organization in general or about a specific project for fundraising purposes. We will provide the content but we need a video expert to put it all together and tell a great story.
Forest Smoothie

Location: anywhere

Mission: Forest Smoothie® is the world's first reforestation project for the Food & Beverage Industry. Sold in eight countries by 50+ Partners, Cafe's, Restaurants, Hotels etc. make their Forest Smoothie using locally sourced ingredients and donate 50% of the net profit each time it sells to their customers. Forest Smoothie uses this profit to plant & protect trees.

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer Strategic Partnerships Director- As a volunteer Strategic Partnerships Director, you would support Forest Smoothie in seeking partnerships within the Food & Beverage Industry.

5+ Years experience in a similar or relevant role is preferable.

If interested please contact: hello@forestsmoothie.com

 

SolarBuddy

Location: anywhere

Mission: SolarBuddy is an Australian nonprofit uniting a global community with a big dream to gift six million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030, to help them to study after dusk and improve their education outcomes.

Volunteer Opportunity:

SolarBuddy’s Light Assembly virtual program is the perfect option for value-driven organizations, looking to engage employees in corporate volunteering that drives meaningful, measurable impact. Every $ invested in SolarBuddy’s Light Assembly virtual program can yield an incredible social return on investment of $12:1.

In addition to assembling a solar light that will be gifted to a child living in extreme energy poverty, every volunteer can also write a letter of encouragement to the child who will receive the gift of light.

Designed to be both flexible and adaptable, our light assembly virtual corporate volunteering program can be delivered worldwide, be self-facilitated or talk to us about including a virtual keynote by our inspirational CEO and Founder Simon Doble.

For more information, please contact enquiries@solarbuddy.org

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Learn about and share knowledge on important issues

Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

Location: anywhere

Mission: Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society works to enable communities to balance ecosystem protection and economic development by pioneering a model for sustainable conservation

Volunteer Opportunity: Wildlife Research & Conservation e-Volunteering Online Program- The SLWCS e-Volunteering program is an initiative that was launched raise funds to continue our research, conservation and community activities,  provide opportunity for people to get involved in activities and issues that they are passionate about and ensure the wildlife, their habitats and communities at our project sites continue to be safe during these tumultuous times.

The e-Volunteer program will provide you with an opportunity to directly participate and contribute to our wildlife research, conservation and community programs.


Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Location: anywhere

Mission: Safe Drinking Water Foundation is educating the leaders of today and tomorrow about drinking water quality issues to realize their goal of safe drinking water being available to every Canadian.

Volunteer Opportunity: Finding more water facts of the week (which we share on our website's homepage, our website receives over 700,000 unique visitors per year, on our Facebook Page and in our Facebook Group) and short videos related to water (especially Canadian water issues) (we share these on our Facebook Page and in our Facebook Group).

New Haven Leon Sister City Project

Location: New Haven, CT

Mission: NHLSCP organizes education, women’s rights, leadership development, public health and climate change projects. These efforts, embedded in local leadership, strive to address root causes of poverty and injustice and depend on individual donations and volunteer energy to grow.

Volunteer Opportunity: Participate in New Haven Climate Movement (a NHLSCP project) climate education and outreach in the New Haven area in an effort to get the City/State to greatly expand investment in climate solutions/clean energy.

eXXpedition

Location: anywhere

Mission: eXXpedition is leading all-female voyages that are exploring the impact of and solutions to plastic and toxic pollution in our ocean.

Volunteer Opportunity: Submit new solutions to the SHiFT Platform- The SHiFT Platform was created to help people navigate hundreds of impactful solutions to ocean plastic pollution and find the ones that are best for them to action.

Help us grow our platform by submitting new solutions to plastic pollution you have heard about or are directly involved in, from DIY projects to educational resources, supply chain innovations to online petitions.

To add new solutions to our platform, please fill out the form under "Submit a Solution" on our main menu. Your contribution will help inspire individuals and businesses create shifts in their lives, industries and the world at large.


Eat REAL

Location: anywhere

Mission: Eat REAL empowers school districts to make food delicious, nourishing and responsible through their evidence-based certification program, and are providing education and support that inspires students, schools and communities to value real food.

Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Real Food Advocate: A virtual volunteer session with Eat REAL

  • Learn about why Eat REAL is a 1% for the Planet nonprofit partner
  • Hear about Eat REAL’s Mission that creates healthier planet through food system transformation in schools which supports 1% for the Planet's Goals
  • Share your questions and valuable insights on our model
  • During zoom breakouts and work sessions, create content to help Eat REAL new supporters and more schools!
  • Help us say "thank you" to real food heroes and frontline school workers!
Protect Our Winters UK

Location: United Kingdom & Europe

Mission: Protect Our Winters UK is a charity formed to inspire and equip the outdoor community to take positive action on climate change. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer Community Rep- We aim to establish organized groups of POW Advocates in regions across the UK and Europe who love the outdoors and are committed to turning their passion into purpose. These chapters will operate under the umbrella of POW UK to unite the outdoor community in their region and broaden our reach across the country by helping build awareness and advocacy at events.

The ideal Volunteer Community Rep will be a figurehead of their community, highly engaged with POW UK and interested in the climate movement, have a passion for the mountains and outdoor sports and be a good representative of POW UK’s values.

Plastic Tides, Inc.

Location: anywhere

Mission: Plastic Tides works to inspire and catalyze action toward a plastic-free future through adventure, education and youth empowerment

Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Mentor- The current focus of Plastic Tides is the expansion of our Global Youth Mentorship (GYM) Program, which supports motivated Youth Leaders taking local grassroots action to create positive global change. Through innovative independent projects, our Youth Leaders divert plastics and other pollutants from the waste stream, developing confident youth who will continue to be involved in their respective communities.

We are currently looking to onboard additional Youth Leaders (aged 12-18) and mentors. Each Youth Leader is paired with a mentor who provides guidance and support as they work to complete their project. 

Interested mentors should be enthusiastic about Plastic Tides’ mission, willing to share their skills, knowledge, and expertise, and able to creatively and effectively teach and work with 12-18 year old students.

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Help get the word out about impactful causes

Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center

Location: anywhere

Mission: GRACE Center works to provide excellent care for rescued Grauer’s gorillas and work alongside Congolese communities to promote the conservation of wild gorillas and their habitat.

Volunteer Opportunity: GRACE Center is seeking Facebook Ads & Google AdWords experts, to apply, inquire through the email provided at the above link. 

 

Sea Smart

Location: anywhere

Mission: Sea Smart delivers innovative, engaging education programs based on science and current ocean issues to empower youth to be environmental champions in Metro Vancouver.

Volunteer Opportunity: Social Media Coordinator- The Social Media Coordinator will work with our Communications Manager to create, write, schedule, and produce content for our social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and more.

We are looking for a strong writer that can also contribute to our blog and monthly newsletters. The Social Media Coordinator will help Sea Smart by implementing content strategy, improving brand awareness, and increasing donor engagement. Experience with SEO, Mailchimp, Squarespace, and Hootsuite would be an asset.

Trips for Kids Marin

Location: anywhere

Mission: Trips for Kids Marin works to provide transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. 

Volunteer Opportunity: ​Social Media Ambassador-  This position will work directly with TFKM’s Communications and Development team to help spread the word about our mission, programs, events, and fundraising activities on social media. We are active on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

What We’re Asking Ambassadors to Do:
In addition to reading #TFKMambassador emails and taking the actions outlined in them:
  • Add Trips for Kids Marin on your favorite social media platforms.
  • Share one specific post every two weeks to amplify an important message.
Positive Change for Marine Life

Location: anywhere

Mission: Through their core values of understanding, education and respect, Positive Change for Marine Life empowers communities to take action for our ocean, developing long-term initiatives which benefit the sea, as well as those who rely upon it for survival.

Volunteer Opportunity: Supporting the development of an engagement strategy encapsulating both fundraising and communications activities for Positive Change for Marine Life programs in Australia and India.

eXXpedition

Location: anywhere

Mission: eXXpedition is leading all-female voyages that are exploring the impact of and solutions to plastic and toxic pollution in our ocean.

Volunteer Opportunity: One of the key ways we make an impact is through our social channels and extensive media coverage of our voyages so far. Over the years eXXpedition has been featured in hundreds of publications on every continent (except Antarctica!), ranging from global news channels like BBC and CNN to local radio stations in Caribbean Islands.

Currently we measure and track all of our coverage manually and using Google alerts, due to the high costs on social media / media coverage measurement tools. If you or your organization can help us collating reports on the reach and impact our media has had so far, that would help us report back on how our voyages at sea are helping shift perception back on land and tackle plastic pollution around the world.

If you can help us with social media and PR measurement, or are interested in discussing any other volunteer opportunities with our organization, please reach out to partners@eXXpedition.com.

GirlVentures

Location: anywhere

Mission: GirlVentures inspires girls to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery and collective action.

Volunteer Opportunity: Help us spread the word about GirlVentures! Ambassadors for a Month are provided resources (images, social copy, hashtags, email examples, etc) to help us share our programs in as many places as possible. Posting on their social media, directing friends, family, youth, colleagues to our website and everything in between. This is a great volunteer opportunity for anyone who has a large network and/or connections to schools, youth organizations, or families that could benefit from GirlVentures' programs.

Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA

Location: anywhere

Mission: Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA works to provide people living in developing countries with safe and hot water in a portable, environmentally friendly way

Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about our mission and with experience in marketing and/or fundraising to help with events, fundraising campaigns, CSR support, media relations, etc. We will help tailor the role to best leverage your background.

If interested please contact: scfusa@solvatten.org 

Farm Discovery at Live Earth

Location: anywhere

Mission: Farm Discovery at Live Earth works in the Pajaro Valley community to empower youth and families to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems.

Volunteer Opportunity: Help us spread the word about Farm Discovery events and programs by posting flyers in your community! Help us reach more people and share the exciting programs that Farm Discovery has to offer.

Forest Smoothie

Location: anywhere

Mission: Forest Smoothie® is the world's first reforestation project for the Food & Beverage Industry. Sold in eight countries by 50+ Partners, Cafe's, Restaurants, Hotels etc. make their Forest Smoothie using locally sourced ingredients and donate 50% of the net profit each time it sells to their customers. Forest Smoothie uses this profit to plant & protect trees.

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer Marketing Manager- As a volunteer Marketing Manager, you would support Forest Smoothie in seeking opportunities to promote this new & successful project.

2+ Years experience in a marketing role preferably within the food & beverage, hospitality or retail industry is preferable.

If interested please contact: hello@forestsmoothie.com

International Esperanza Project

Location: anywhere

Mission: International Esperanza Project works to inspire hope in people in the developing world through healthcare, community development and education. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Become an IEP Social Media Ambassador-

As an IEP Social Media Ambassador, you will be asked to:
  • Follow International Esperanza Project on Instagram, Facebook, and Linkedin
  • Like, promote and share IEP posts across your personal social media accounts.
  • Promote IEP's donation portal and share information with friends and family on how to contribute.
  • Share a personal account of what #InspiringHope means to you.
  • Post positive messages across social media about IEP's mission of inspiring hope in people in developing world.
The Reef-World Foundation

Location: anywhere

Mission: The Reef-World Foundation works to inspire and empower people to act in conserving and sustainably developing coastal resources, particularly coral reefs
and related ecosystems

Volunteer Opportunity: We're looking for a marketing superstar to directly support our Communications Manager with tasks such as:

  • Day-to-day management of Reef-World and Green Fins social media, which will include successfully using insights to improve reach and engagement across channels
  • Supporting in the promotion and marketing of projects and delivery of communications commitments in collaboration with the Communications Manager
  • Development of website, video and blog content
    Maintaining the Reef-World media database and liaising with journalists and bloggers to secure positive, on-message press coverage for the charity
  • Researching, creating and updating posters, logos, fact sheets, maps, infographics and other marketing materials and assets to help educate and empower dive operators, tourists, governments and corporate partners to reduce their environmental impact and protect coral reefs
The Marine Diaries

Location: anywhere

Mission: The Marine Diaries seeks to create a new genre of science communication while empowering communities to advocate for our oceans. 

Volunteer Opportunity

We offer volunteering including social media management, environmental journalism, research, graphic design, website management, videography, newsletter management and digital marketing.

We can tailor any remote volunteering opportunity to individual interests, as well as taking on small groups (up to 5 people) of volunteers. We will provide 1:1 support, training materials, set tasks and provide feedback so you can develop your skills. The volunteering placement can be as short or as long as you like - we are very flexible.

If you're interested in science communication or the oceans, and want to pick up some useful skills on the way whilst helping out a nonprofit - please get in touch!

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Use your tech-skills to support dedicated environmental nonprofits

Recyke y'bike

Location: anywhere

Mission: Recyke y'bike specializes in refurbishing donated bikes and selling them at affordable prices to fund their charitable objectives.

Volunteer Opportunity: EPOS system selection and implementation support- We want to transition to an EPOS system so that we can feel confident that our data is all in one place and securely stored. But we don't know where to start! We need help to clarify what we really need from a system (and what we can afford) and then to find the right system for us.

Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Location: anywhere

Mission: Safe Drinking Water Foundation is educating the leaders of today and tomorrow about drinking water quality issues to realize their goal of safe drinking water being available to every Canadian.

Volunteer Opportunity: Safe Drinking Water Foundation is in need of volunteers to manually check website links to find any that are redirecting to web pages that no longer have the original content. Please check the web links and email us to let us know about any that need to be updated.

 

BRINGiT

Location: anywhere

Mission: BRINGiT works to make single-use plastic produce bags a thing of the past.

Volunteer Opportunity: Join our team and help BRINGiT add eCommerce functionality to our website through requirements gathering, design, build, QA and launch.

What activities will be completed as part of the project:
  • Analysis of the nonprofit’s desired features and website capabilities, as well as their ability to maintain the site.
  • Research to populate a Requirements Brief with enough information to inform the creation of the site.
  • Content Audit, Content Outline, and Content Delivery Plan.
  • Creation of draft architecture and design options (wireframes, site structure, and visual elements) that incorporates the nonprofit’s existing visual identity (logo), key messages, and other copy.
  • Building out and developing the website
Seaside Scavenge

Location: anywhere

Mission: Seaside Scavenge works to inspire Australians to reimagine rubbish as a resource.

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer Web Designer- Seaside Scavenge wants to shake up our website and give it a fresh feel moving into 2021 by:
  • Creating a search directory on the website
  • Updating images and content
  • Reviewing website structure including SEO and providing advice on improvements
  • Reviewing traffic to the website through Google Analytics and providing advice on improvements.
Felidae Conservation Fund

Location: anywhere

Mission: Felidae Conservation Fund is dedicated to improving the state of global wild cat ecosystems through a sequence of research, education and online technologies to benefit humanity and drive meaningful change in the natural world.

Volunteer Opportunity: Felidae Conservation Fund is seeking volunteers to log in to our database program remotely and clean and classify wildlife data that includes images and video. Volunteers can also volunteer for software programming for our new Cloud DB. Knowledge of Python is required for the software work.

Protect Our Winters UK

Location: anywhere

Mission: Protect Our Winters UK is a charity formed to inspire and equip the outdoor community to take positive action on climate change

Volunteer Opportunity: Web Developer-Working closely with other POW volunteers and staff to implement improvements to our digital infrastructure - helping as part of a team to design and implement our digital strategy.

Our web presence is currently built on containerised Wordpress using a customised version of the Jupiter X theme. In future we may look to migrating to an alternative theme to align with other POW chapters.

We would ideally like to develop an ongoing relationship with a couple of developers who are able to update and add functionality to our site(s).

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Get outside and participate in solo or distanced cleanups in your area

Barrel Bag

Location: anywhere

Mission: Barrel Bag works to create a social movement to bring awareness to our environment and help eliminate litter and pollution, particularly plastic, around the world. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Virtual Cleanup Leader- Barrel Bag is looking for remote volunteers to spearhead cleanup events in their community. These can be done virtually or in person when it is safe.

Plastic Oceans Canada

Location: anywhere

Mission: Plastic Oceans Canada works with the goal to inform, inspire, and incite action to solve plastic pollution.

Volunteer Opportunity: Plastic Badge Challenge Volunteer- A scavenger hunt type plastic clean-up for individuals to take part in their local area- source at least one piece of each type of plastic and learn how it effects our environment.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Location: Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds

Mission: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds.

Volunteer Opportunity: The Watershed Brigade is a new volunteer program that mobilizes participants to get out onto our trails, beaches, swimming holes, and creeks, to help remove litter and provide friendly environmental outreach to visitors. Monthly challenges and raffle drawings are announced and participating individuals and family units receive points for their time volunteering and points earn entries in raffle giveaways.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

Location: anywhere

Mission: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is dedicated to protecting and preserving the waters of Puget Sound.

Volunteer Opportunity: Join Puget Soundkeeper to keep our waters clean by participating in a virtual cleanup! They are super easy to do. On your next walk or outing, pick up trash along the way. You can go to a local beach, park or even just around your neighborhood. Please practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

Some equipment to bring is a trash bag and gloves! Do not pick up anything you feel uncomfortable touching and properly dispose of your trash in a nearby dumpster or your own garbage bin. Take photos and tag Puget Soundkeeper on social media.

Feel free to share your photos also with our Stewardship Coordinator at kristin@pugetsoundkeeper.org.

Pacific Beach Coalition

Location: anywhere 

Mission: The Pacific Beach Coalition is dedicated to preserving the ocean, coastal habitat, and wildlife, and ending litter through advocacy, education, community building and citizen action.

Volunteer Opportunity: Pacific Beach Coalition is seeking volunteers to clean up a location of their liking with family and/or housemates with whom they have been sheltering in place. Inspire others to do the same, while staying safe and respecting County and State orders. Log your collections on the Clean Swell App, sharing citizen science data for use to guide policy and future legislation.

Cleanups can be around your neighborhood, at the beach, creek, lake, in a needy area or anywhere you choose.

San Francisco Baykeeper

Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Mission: San Francisco Baykeeper works to reverse the environmental degradation of the past and promote new strategies and policies to protect the water quality of the San Francisco Bay

Volunteer Opportunity: San Francisco Bay needs your help. Trash is a serious pollution problem for the Bay, and this year we’re seeing a big uptick in disposable waste and plastics littering sidewalks and shorelines.

Baykeeper is asking supporters to take action while staying safe. By cleaning up in your own neighborhoods and nearby parks and shorelines, you can stop this trash before it reaches the Bay.

Plus, we have an easy-to-use mobile app where you can tell us how much and what kinds of trash you collect. This sampling data helps Baykeeper advocate for stronger trash protections for the Bay.

Blue Water Baltimore

Location: Baltimore area/anywhere

Mission: Blue Water Baltimore works to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving communities

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers select a date to clean up litter and trash from their neighborhood streets and storm drains, local park, or stream, then challenge their friends and family to join them at the designated time or day to do the same (e.g. "#trashtag, you're it!").

After the clean-up, post photos to social media along with the amount you collected and tag @BlueWaterBmore to be counted in our community clean-up totals.

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Location: Los Angeles River 

Mission: Friends of the Los Angeles River works to ensure equitable public access and meaningful ecological restoration as the single largest unifying force on the River – educating and empowering community members to repair habitat and fight for policies to reclaim our right to a healthy, thriving and equitably accessible Los Angeles River.

Volunteer Opportunity: Show the LA River’s 51 miles some love! Rally your family, housemates, or bubblemates for a DIY CleanUp. Visit your favorite spot along the River or in your neighborhood to clean the streets and prevent waste from polluting our waterway.

Together, from a distance, we’ll make a collective impact and do our part to tend to the vibrant urban ecosystems that thrive throughout our watershed.

Join their email list to keep up to date with how to participate in the Great LA River Cleanup in small or independent groups. Registration starts on April 22nd!

Surfrider Foundation

Location: anywhere

Mission: The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.

Volunteer Opportunity: Solo beach cleanups- Surfrider Foundation is announcing guidelines for individuals to conduct solo beach clean ups as long as local governing bodies allow for public beach access. A solo cleanup is defined as an individual cleanup by one person or household unit, not necessarily organized by the chapter, but promoted as an activity for the public. 

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Get your hands dirty and get creative to help the planet

City Harvest

Location: anywhere/New York, New York

Mission: City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.5 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables.

Volunteer Opportunity: Collect food items for City Harvest's annual Daily News food drive. This can be done virtually or in-person among your network in the NYC area.
One Tree Planted

Location: anywhere

Mission: One Tree Planted makes it simple to plant trees around the world. One dollar plants one tree.

Volunteer Opportunity: Raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment while planting trees provided by One Tree Planted and WeHero.

We ship the entire tree planting experience to your door step along with educational materials, cleaning supplies, the actual trees, planting materials, and much more! The goal of the event is to transfer seedlings to compostable pots with fresh soil to prepare them for their next stage of life.


Sustainable Tahoe

Location: anywhere

Mission: Sustainable Tahoe works to accelerate the adoption of stewardship by connecting, facilitating and promoting models of Geotourism in the Tahoe Truckee Watershed.

Volunteer Opportunity: Sustainable Tahoe is seeking volunteers to create labels for their line of Gratitude products. Labels may include how-to instructions, and will be designed to inspire stewardship. 

O'Neill Sea Odyssey

Location: anwhere

Mission: O’Neill Sea Odyssey provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities.

Volunteer Opportunity: During COVID-19, OSO is utilizing volunteer energy to have individuals write letters to anonymous seniors as a friendly hello, and sharing their ocean artwork and any writing about ocean and nature. OSO will then pair this up with some kid art and mail, and share with local seniors experiencing feelings of isolation during COVID.

ICENECDEV-International Centre for Environmental Education and Community

Location: anywhere

Mission: ICENECDEV works to transform people to change attitudes in order to appreciate and value our ecological assets and natural resources for our collective future.

Volunteer Opportunity: ICENECDEV is seeking volunteers to

  • Develop a Partnership and collaboration with companies and nonprofit organizations on our Reduction in Plastic Pollution project.
  • Develop a brochure and flyer on Plastic Pollution Project West Coast of Africa.
  • Establish a corporate Social Responsibility partnerships with Companies.
  • Contacting between 50 to 100 companies and nonprofit organizations with project flyers and brochures
  • Develop and update a blog on ICENECDEV's plastic Pollution Project
  • Design letters of collaboration and partnership on environmental education in schools and communities











Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Location: anywhere

Mission: Leave No Trace provides research, education and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly

Volunteer Opportunity: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is seeking volunteers to participate in and lead citizen's science initiatives while logging projects using a mobile platform.

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Use your unique skill set to drive positive change

IssueVoter

Location: anywhere

Mission: A non-partisan online platform, IssueVoter opens the lines of communication between you and your representatives, making civic engagement accessible, efficient and impactful.

Volunteer Opportunity: IssueVoter is seeking skills-based volunteers for a number of available opportunities. Roles will be tailored to volunteers based interests, skills and availability. 

Portland Fruit Tree Project

Location: anywhere

Mission: Portland Fruit Tree Project works to increase equitable access to healthful food and strengthen communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown produce.

Volunteer Opportunity: As a very small grassroots organization, we thrive through the help of volunteers. We are always (even in non-COVID times) open to having folks join us to support our work in:
  • Equity Education
  • Food Education
  • Marketing (many options)
  • Graphic Design
  • Grant Writing or other fundraising
  • Sponsorship sales
  • Project Management
  • Google Ad support
  • Programming Launch Planning and more!


SPEC

Location: anywhere

Mission: SPEC is dedicated to finding practical solutions for urban sustainability.

Volunteer Opportunity: SPEC is seeking volunteers to join our Food, Waste and Energy & Transportation volunteer teams, which meet on a monthly basis. Meetings are open to the public and are an opportunity to learn about the work we are doing, meet the people on the teams, and sign up for volunteer tasks or help develop project ideas.

American Sustainable Business Council

Location: anywhere

Mission: American Sustainable Business Council advocates for legislation that supports sustainability, equity and justice – from a business perspective.

Volunteer Opportunity: American Sustainable Business Council is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of ways depending upon their interest and skills. Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Working with the ASBC main campaign staff to engage on specific campaigns from Regenerative Agriculture, climate and energy, paid leave, worker ownership, race & equity and other campaigns
  • Providing support for working groups related to issue campaigns
  • Helping with earned media and social media
  • Volunteers can also be placed with our state based organizations to provide similar support but within the state context.
GIRCD- Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project

Location: anywhere

Mission: The Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project aims to promote knowledge, appreciation and conservation of Kaua‘i’s native forest birds. 

Volunteer Opportunity: The Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project is seeking volunteers to sew cloth bags for birds- When we catch birds for research, we put them in a cloth bag to keep them calm and safe. We need to make a bunch of new ones!

We Are Neutral

Location: anywhere

Mission: We Are Neutral works to help people and businesses understand, reduce and offset their carbon footprints.

Volunteer Opportunity: We Are Neutral is seeking passionate volunteers to support their carbon footprint, carbon offset and environmental education programs.

From connecting with communities to developing educational materials, supporting fundraising initiatives, and performing administrative tasks, volunteers directly advance We Are Neutral's mission. 

Protect Our Winters Europe

Location: Europe

Mission: POW Europe is dedicated to helping passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change.

Volunteer Opportunity: POW Europe is seeking volunteers to help with everything from attending events, hosting your own event, sharing our campaigns, creating and designing content, reaching out to elected officials, organizing other volunteers and helping us get out the vote. 

350 Colorado

Location: Colorado, anywhere

Mission: 350 Colorado is building the local grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future.

Volunteer Opportunity: 350 Colorado is mobilizing thousands of volunteers to take action on the climate crisis from the safety of your home. We seek volunteers to help with a number of projects including:
  • Phone and text banking Colorado voters to help "Get out the Climate Vote"
  • Communications – We are seeking volunteers to help with copywriting, social media, creating content for our newsletter & Google Ads.
  • Local Teams Leaders – Do you want to make your community a leader in climate policy? We are seeking volunteers with a passion for leadership to organize campaigns in your home town.
  • Community Outreach – Help welcome new members to the climate movement, table at events, and build connections with other nonprofits.
  • Administrative – Entering names from event sign-ups, managing database & online organizing.
  • And so much more! If you have a specific skill you can contribute, please reach out.
Coalition for Healthy School Food

Location: anywhere

Mission: The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) is a nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community about the health, environmental and social justice issues of our food choices.

Volunteer Opportunity: We need assistance with the following:

  • Chefs who can develop recipes, especially those with quantity cooking skills in high production environments
  • Administrative, tech, social media and marketing, PR and other skills
  • Medical professionals including MD’s, RD’s, and RN’s to give teacher professional development workshops and talks at Family Dinner Nights which are all virtual now
  • Board Members who can help take our organization to the next level