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Volunteer Opportunities for 2018!
Volunteer Appreciation Night – First Day of Spring – Tuesday, March 20
Past, present and interested Volunteers are invited and welcome to join! The VBCD could not do what we do without you and we would like to thank you for your time, dedication and support for all of our programs.
Please join us for drinks and appetizers between 6:00-8:00pm. A short PowerPoint highlighting our Volunteers and Volunteer Programs will begin at 6:30pm.
Location: 122 W. St. Joseph Street in Lawrence at the Old Town Hall.
Saturday, April 14 (9am-2pm); Monday-Wednesday April 16-18 (9:00am-4pm) at Cronenwett Farms 70121 28th St. Lawton 49065. Sign Up to Volunteer!
_______________________________________________________________________________ Tree Seedling Sales - Volunteers are needed to help set up tables, organize trees, talk to customers about tree species, assist with handing out pre-orders and help clean up. Same dates/same times, TWO LOCATIONS!! Thursday, April 19 (Noon-6pm); Friday, April 20 (Noon-6pm); Saturday, April 21 (9am-2pm). Paw Paw - Van Buren Conservation District: 1035 E. Michigan Ave. Paw Paw South Haven - The Bailey Museum: 903 S. Bailey Ave. South Haven Sign Up to Volunteer! _____________________________________________________________________________
Stream Monitoring/Insect Collection- Volunteers are needed to help collect insects in local waterways. All materials and equipment necessary are provided. Volunteers have the opportunity to be a “Collector” and wear waders to go into the water to collect insects with nets, to be a “Runner” that stays bank side and take nets and buckets from the “Collectors” to where they are sorted out by the “Picker”, who picks out any insects that is found in the river/stream and places them into a jar for later identification. Each role is important and volunteers have the option of what they would like to do at the collection site. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary, Team Leaders are there at each site to assist volunteers.
Sunday, May 6 (9am-1pm) and Sunday, September 29 (9am-1pm). Volunteers meet at the Lawrence River Park, Lawrence on the Paw Paw River. ____________________________________________________________________________
Insect Identification/Sort and Count – Volunteers are needed to help identify, sort and count collected insects from prior Stream Monitoring/Insect Collection earlier that week.
The identification/sort and count will be scheduled the following afternoon the day after the Stream Monitoring/Insect Collection, therefore Monday, May 7 and Monday, October 1 (1pm-4pm).
The identification, sort and count will be at the VBCD office (1035 E. Michigan Ave. Paw Paw). Sign Up to Volunteer! ____________________________________________________________________________
Household Chemicals Recycling Collections- Volunteers are needed for set up, directing traffic and handing out brochures/surveys to participating residents and clean up (Volunteers will NOT be working with hazardous materials). Usually an hour prior to the event and an hour after the event for set up and clean up.
Saturday, June 16 (8am-2pm) at Van Buren County Department of Human Services (801 Hazen Street, Paw Paw) AND September 15 (8am-2pm) at TBA. Sign Up to Volunteer!
River Rescue – Volunteer River/Stream Trash Clean Up- Volunteers are needed for a fun community clean up (non-organic materials, trash/debris) from in and along local rivers, streams and creeks.
Report a site to the VBCD by calling 269-657-4030×5!
Additional opportunities to canoe/kayak local waterways and clean up please check out Two Rivers Coalition (http://www.tworiverscoalition.org) and Bangor South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association (http://www.michigan.org/property/bangor-south-haven-heritage-water-trail/).
________________________________________________________________________________ VBCD Native Plant Garden– A volunteer(s) is needed to tend our native plant garden in front of the district office. An hour or two a week should do the trick! Knowledge of native plants and grasses or an interest in learning native plant identification is required. Please call the District, 269-657-4030 x5, if you are interested.
Office Duties- Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with mailings, phone calls, filing, updating informational binders, etc. Please call the District, 269-657-4030 x5, if you are interested.
If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities or are having trouble signing up via the “Volunteer Sign Up” button, please feel free to call the District 269-657-4030×5 and ask for AJ Brucks or Kim Sinclair! We look forward to working with you this year!