Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Tucson Clean & Beautiful can help plan ongoing or one-time projects for groups of at least 5 volunteers.

If you are not part of an organized group, individual volunteers may join with other existing groups or recruit additional friends, family and co-workers to form a new group. Browse the list below of projects for groups, and further down, other existing projects that welcome additional individual volunteers.

GROUP PROJECTS:

Tucson Clean & Beautiful programs provide ongoing and occasional one-time project opportunities for community groups with at least 5 participants. Neighborhoods, school and youth groups, religious organizations, civic clubs, business employees, and many other types of groups are welcome! If you are not already part of an organized group but have at least 5 interested volunteers, you can form a new volunteer group! Contact Tucson Clean & Beautiful staff to assist with your group project in one or more of the following project areas:

– Adopt-a-Park & Public Areas: volunteer litter cleanup interest form – (520) 837-6834 or adoptapark@tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org – ongoing projects also available once or twice a month!

– Trees for Tucson: tree planting and maintenance efforts – Katie Gannon, (520) 837-6833 or tft@treesfortucson.org

– Recycling Education: electronics collection events – Rebecca Quintero, (520) 791-5000 or recycle@tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org

INDIVIDUALS:

If you are interested in volunteering and are not already part of an established group, you can also join one of the many ongoing community projects which are often accepting new volunteers. Below is a partial list of groups that periodically welcome additional community volunteers.  Please contact the groups listed below for more details, including schedules, requirements, and how to sign up for their volunteer events:

Central:

Bristol (Eastmoor) Park (and traffic circle): 2500 E. Aviation Hwy and Aviation Bike Path  (22nd St. to Country Club Rd). Contact: Ivo Ortiz at Barrio Centro Association, 222-4422

Broadway/Congress & Downtown vicinity: Meet Me at Maynards – 3rd Monday of each month, includes the opportunity for litter cleanup. Contact Jannie Cox, jannie@meetmeconcepts.com

Feldman’s Neighborhood: periodic cleanup projects and green infrastructure improvements. Volunteer opportunities posted on the neighborhood’s Facebook page, or email trees@FeldmansAZ.org to learn more.

Navajo Wash (Fort Lowell Rd. to Mountain Ave.): Contact: Loraine Zagula from Hedrick Acres Neighborhood Association, 904-0083

Rillito River Park: (Country Club Rd. to Alvernon Way). Contact: Geary Baker from Desert Sharks PHC (Parrot Head Club), 369-1288; desertsharksphc@hotmail.com

Serve Tucson: (locations vary). Contact: Mike Birrer, http://servetucson.com/events/ – servetucson1@gmail.com

East:

Alamo Wash (Pima St. to Speedway Blvd.). Contact: Bill Halvorson from Sustainable Solutions for Arid Lands, sustainablesolutions@mindspring.com

Case Park Garden: 9851 E. Kenyon Dr. (south of Broadway, east of Harrison). Contact: Theresa Cisler from Academy and Tortoise Junior Civitan, tacisler@q.com

Fort Lowell Park:  2900 N. Craycroft Rd. Contact: Sheila from Friends of Fort Lowell Park, friendsoffortlowellpark@gmail.com

Lincoln Park: 4325 S. Pantano Rd., and 8280 E. Escalante Rd. Contact: Murph Lyman, Groves-Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, 748-2725 or mickmrf1@msn.com

Saguaro National Park East: 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. Call: 733-5187. Buffelgrass removal projects on the second Saturday of the month (except June-August). 8:00 a.m. – noon November-March, 7:00-11:00 a.m. April, May, September and October. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes and sun protection, and bring water. Tools and gloves provided.

West:

Mid-Section Channel (Santa Cruz River to Headley Rd.), Oak Tree Park (5433 S. Oaktree), Dr. Raul Grijalva Park, Santa Cruz River Park (Ajo Way to Drexel), and Santa Cruz River Park – West Branch (Diversion Channel at Santa Cruz River near Irvington Rd to Valencia Rd). Contact: Joe Miller of Midvale Park Neighborhood Association, josephtucs@aol.com, 419-8814

Santa Cruz River Park – Grande Ave (Congress to Mission Ln. and Congress to St. Marys). Contact: Gene Einfrank of the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association, gene.einfrank@gmail.com

Sweetwater Wetlands Park/Perimeter: 2621 W. Sweetwater Dr. (west of I-10). Contact: Erin Sol from Friends of Urban Wildlife, 3rinsview@gmail.com

Rural/out of town:

– Green Valley Recreation: I-19 and frontage road cleanup, and other periodic volunteer opportunities.  Contact: Melanie Stephenson, melanie@gvrec.org

Regionwide:

-AZ Trees Please: Gabriel Davila, (520) 603-9014 or gpduofa@gmail.com- This organization has many adopted several sites throughout the community.

Court-ordered Community Service:

Note: Most projects take place throughout the community, not at Tucson Clean & Beautiful’s office. We are not able to supervise individual court-ordered community service nor provide verification letters or signature on forms for individual volunteer service hours. If you are volunteering with an existing project, please ask the group leader to provide verification letters or sign your community service form.

For other individual community service opportunities, consider contacting our friends at Habitat for Humanity, the Community Food Bank, Tucson Parks & Recreation, and other agencies that can offer community service opportunities with on-site supervision. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona may also be able to provide contact information for other agencies regularly accepting court-ordered community service. Some of the groups listed above as welcoming volunteers may also welcome court-ordered community service.

For more information, email adoptapark@tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org or call (520) 837-6834.