Volunteering can be a great way to build teamwork, foster relationships, and give back to your community! Throughout the year, we partner with corporate groups, schools, and nonprofits to accomplish horticulture projects that keep our parks looking beautiful. Below is some more information about our group volunteer program. You can also download our Group Volunteer Information document for a recap of this information.
Our yearly calendar of group volunteer opportunities is released in mid-February and typically books up by mid-March so at this point we are booked until late November. Our 2016 calendar is available here. Occasionally, we are able to add projects depending on park needs. The first step in this process is filling out our Group Interest Form.
If you have any questions or would like to be on the direct distribution list for next year's group volunteer calendar, please contact Keelin Purcell, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-603-7737.
Where: Projects take place in the Greenway parks from Chinatown to the North End. Exact location varies based on the current park needs and will be provided prior to the project.
Date/Time: There are group volunteer opportunities from mid-March through mid-December. We release a calendar of group volunteer dates in mid-February and are typically booked by mid-March. To be added to the distribution list for these dates, please email email@example.com.
Projects are typically on select weekday mornings and run from 9:00 am -12:00 pm. We ask that groups commit to the rain date on the following day whenever possible. While we cannot usually accommodate requests for specific days and times, we are always willing to work with groups on finding a good time to volunteer. Please note that we have a limited number of group volunteer opportunities each year; requests are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with a running waiting list.
Group Size: We ask that groups plan to bring between 10 - 30 volunteers. Due to our staff and park size, we are not able to accommodate groups with more than 30 volunteers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for groups of less than 10 individuals, as we are occasionally able to accommodate small groups on different days.
Project: Projects are based on current park needs and primarily include light duty gardening tasks such as raking, weeding, mulching, pruning and planting. We provide training, tools, gloves, water, and a small snack. No experience is required!
Cost: In 2016, we will be asking all of our corporate and for-profit volunteer groups to assist us in continuing to support our great program by making a donation to the Conservancy in advance of their volunteer day. See below for more information. Fellow non-profit organizations are invited to join us at no cost.
Registration: Once the calendar of group volunteer dates is released, groups can request a specific date by filling out the Group Volunteer Request Form. Keelin Purcell, the Volunteer and Education Manager, will follow-up to confirm details and booking.
In 2016, we will be asking all of our corporate and for-profit volunteer groups to assist us in continuing to support our great program by making a donation to the Conservancy in advance of their volunteer day.
For corporations who would like to bring up to 15 volunteers and share a volunteer day on the Greenway with another organization, the requested donation is a minimum of $500. For corporations who wish to have a dedicated volunteer experience for up to 30 volunteers, the requested donation is a minimum of $1,500. While we are happy to discuss the form that this donation can take, in 2016 a donation pledge will be required before your volunteer event is booked.
Often, donations can be requested through your organization’s corporate communications office. If you need assistance requesting a donation, let us know!
We remain deeply grateful for the work of our volunteer groups and are requesting this fully tax-deductible donation to help cover the costs of planning and executing our volunteer events and to support the Greenway parks.