Spring is in the air, and you can celebrate by making our community a better and greener place to live in. Volunteer Milwaukee, a service of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, features a calendar full of events, one-time and ongoing. Here are a few opportunities in April.
Great American Cleanup Kick-off
Set up, register volunteers and pass out supplies from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21 for the start of the spring cleanup season (through May 31).
Great American Cleanup
Join this nationwide cleanup and choose any day in April and/or May to clean up a neighborhood, park, or river. Supplies are provided.
Contact: Betsy Bolte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-272-5462 Ext. 301.
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Plant a tree in your neighborhood, local park or elsewhere in Milwaukee Friday, April 27. Contact us with a plan of location and number of trees. This is a great group activity.
Contact: Joe Wilson at email@example.com or 414-272-5462.
Penfield needs a team of 4-6 to trim bushes, sweep and rake, pick up trash, tidy up the playground area and wash outside windows Thursday, April 19 for two-hour shifts in morning or afternoon.
Contact: Ellen Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-345-6376.
Fruity Nutty Blitz
Plant fruit and nut trees in residential yards and community spaces throughout the Milwaukee area April 19-22; morning and afternoon shifts.
Contact: Eric Anderson at Eric@VictoryGardenInitiative.org or 414-431-0888.
Kinnickinnic Spring River Clean Up
As part of the Environmental Health program, clean up Pulaski Park, the river and the surrounding neighborhood by picking up trash from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.
Contact: Stephanie Mercado at email@example.com or (414) 897-5596.
Hawthorn Glen Park Cleanup
Help out with trash clean up around the property and remove invasive species or any other special projects from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.
Contact: Nicole Sponholtz at Nicole@MilwaukeeRecreation.net or 414-647-6043.
Earth Day Cleanup
Participate in the Historic Concordia neighborhood spring cleanup by picking up trash, sweeping out debris and more from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
Contact: Tasha Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-933-6161 ext.142.
Earth Day of Service
Clean up and add wood chips to trails, remove invasive species, pick up trash in parks and more at one of three Urban Ecology Center locations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.
ROOT (Restore Our Outdoor Treasures)
Help replace invasive species with native plants, maintain trails, control erosion and more during spring and summer months; morning and afternoon shifts. Choose from one of three Urban Ecology Center locations.
Contact Menomonee Valley: Chris Steinkamp at email@example.com or 414-431-2940.
Contact Riverside Park: Taylor Valencia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-964-8505.
Contact Washington Park: Ben Barker at email@example.com or 414-344-5460.
Earth Day Celebration
Assist with traffic control, welcome guests in and out of the theater for presentations and help with park cleanups at Lakeshore State Park and more Sunday, April 22; four-hour shifts between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Contact Kelly Christman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-765-1978.
Fostering Our Riparian Biodiversity
Remove invasive species, establish native plants and trees and maintain trails to improve habitat surrounding Milwaukee’s river basin; Monday and Friday afternoons and Saturdays in spring, summer and fall months.
Contact: Volunteer coordinator at email@example.com or 414-271-8000.
Lead or Join Adopt-a-Beach™
Join a group that has already organized an Adopt-a-Beach™ cleanup. In addition to picking up debris, volunteers record what they find to help guide education and solutions; April and May dates.
Find an open event near you at greatlakesadopt.org.
Restore and Preserve our 185-acre Classroom
Remove invasive species on the shores of Lake Michigan in northern Milwaukee County with our conservation team; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. Great for groups and individuals. Fill out an application.
Contact: Marie Honel at MHonel@schlitzaudubon.org or 414-352-2880, ext. 144.
Harambee Community Clean Up
Pick up trash and clean up the Harambee neighborhood from 9 a.m.. to noon Saturday, April 21, then enjoy the after-party and picnic at Clinton Rose Park.
Contact: Sharon Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-316-5222.