Volunteers on swingIthaca Children's Garden is a grassroots organization, which means we depend on the support and goodwill of the community - including squads and squads of volunteers! We welcome groups, individuals of all ages, as well as families who like to volunteer together. Whether you are looking for an opportunity for yourself or for your group, club, or organization we would love to work with you!

Volunteers keep the Garden and its programs vibrant and growing. Read on for some of the countless ways ICG is ready to employ your volunteer talents.

Low commitment and one-time opportunities include:

Volunteer Tuesdays

Drop in to the Garden any Tuesday through the end of August (except holidays) between 4-6 and give a hand with whatever needs doing. Focus on garden maintenance activities like planting, weeding, mulching, and watering. Something for everyone, from young volunteers who have only just learned to walk, to professionals who want to bring their special tools and equipment to service the Garden’s needs. No need to provide advance notice, just show up! Refreshments, tools, and guidance are provided. Groups larger than 5 are asked to give us a heads up so we can plan projects accordingly.

Event help

Come pitch in a few hours on our big event days, and join in the fun! Events include but are not limited to:

  • Scarecrow Jubilee & Pumpkin Jam - October, 2014

We also frequently need people to lead hands-on, plant-based activities at events around the community, like Juneteenth, Boynton Bookfest, Ithaca Festival, etc. See our volunteer calendar (link) to see what’s coming up.

Ongoing and volunteer opportunities with a higher commitment level include:

  • education assistants or program leaders
  • community event planning
  • regular garden maintenance
  • your garden-based/youth-based passion

ICG also has ongoing opportunities to serve on dynamic committees, all dedicated to making the Ithaca Children’s Garden the premier destination for garden-based, environmental education in Ithaca and the Northeast. Share your experience and talent! These committees typically meet monthly, and involve varying degrees of time between of committee meetings.

ICG's Advisory Committees

  • Education & Outreach
  • Development & Fundraising
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Garden Site Development – meets the third Thursday of the month, 12-1:30 at CCE
  • Events

We also have individual internship opportunities available.

Special Project Internship

Special project internships require 10-20 hours/week and a commitment of 8-12 weeks. Special project topics are based on a suitable match between intern interests and organization needs. Some examples of internship topics include special event development, communications and marketing project, grant-writing, and program development. Suitable for highly motivated and self-directed individuals with excellent communication skills. First rate, real world experience with a grassroots nonprofit, dynamic staff, and plenty of opportunity for leadership. Internship fee: $150. To apply, submit cover letter and resume to: Erin Marteal, ithacachildrensgarden@cornell.edu, along with a 2-page proposal with the following:

  • the special topic you are interested in
  • your related background, skills, and experience
  • deliverable(s) you would provide as a result of your internship
  • benefits of the deliverable(s) to the Ithaca Children’s Garden
  • how this internship would benefit you in your career path
  • dates you are seeking internship

Volunteer Contact

Questions? Please feel free to Contact us with any inquiries you may have!

If you're interested in becoming a board member, please contact Ed Malone emalone@borgwarner.com.

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