At the Community Ecology Institute, we offer year-round volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, scouts, schools, community groups and businesses. We also welcome the time and talent of people who have "behind the scenes" skills, such as administration, social media content, grant writing, etc.
All interested volunteers should register and fill out our volunteer application in Better Impact, our volunteer management platform*. Approved volunteers will then be able to schedule their volunteering by viewing our Opportunities on Better Impact and signing up for open shifts during our open hours. Please ensure you have followed these steps before arriving onsite. We can't accommodate volunteers who show up unscheduled or who have not registered in Better Impact.
*Please note that our Better Impact system includes a demographic data section that is entirely optional but included to make sure we are achieving our goal of supporting diverse members of our community and to be able to share summary information about our community engagement with organizations that support our work with grants.
If you would like to schedule a group visit, please start by filling out the Group Volunteer Visit Request Form with your group name and description, the size of your group, your requested dates, any accessibility needs, and more. Please note, that we are unable to take groups requiring more than 15 cars or comprising more than 20 people and we typically schedule groups at least four weeks ahead. Groups primarily comprised of youth in elementary school or younger are primarily considered field trips rather than volunteers, please contact Angela Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. We will get back to you directly to schedule your visit and provide you with more information.
learn about CEI
If you have not yet volunteered with CEI, we encourage you to attend one of our regular “New to CEI” tours that occur on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month at Freetown Farm (with a break over the winter). Sign-up on our Flipcause page here. Currently our onsite volunteer opportunities are primarily at Freetown Farm, but weekly opportunities are now available at the Green Farmacy Garden.
Volunteer Hours at Freetown Farm
Wednesdays from 4 - 6pm (March - October ONLY)
Fridays from 9 - 11am
Saturdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm
Volunteer Hours at the Green Farmacy Garden:
Wednesdays from 10am - 12pm and 1 - 3pm
Our volunteer handbook is a great resource for new folks to orient themselves to our volunteer program.
If you have a skill you want to share, we could probably put it to good use!