Volunteer

Socially Distant Clean & Green Volunteer Program (Fall 2020) 

This fall, we’re hosting socially distant Clean & Green volunteer shifts! Volunteers can join us to learn about Gowanus history, geography, and plant communities as they care for native plants in our nursery and maintain local green infrastructure. For your safety, all shifts will be limited in capacity and socially distant, and face masks are required.

Join us for a single day or for the entire season! Register here for the following dates:

– Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10am – 1pm

– Fridays: 1pm – 4pm

– Saturday October 31, 10am – 1pm – Tree Stewardship on 4th Avenue

 

Please note the following COVID-19 Safety Protocol:

If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT engage in stewardship activities outside the home:

– You are sick.

– You are an older adult and/or have chronic health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.

If volunteering:

– Do not gather in groups and keep at least six feet between you and others.

– Wear a face covering. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering prevents you from spreading COVID-19 to other people. If you do not have a face covering, we will provide one to you. If you do not wear a face covering, you will not be permitted to join the event.

– Wash your hands often, including at the start and end of your volunteer opportunity. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. (We have hand sanitizer and a handwashing station on-site).

– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

– Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

– Do not shake hands.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering Socially Distant Stewardship Supplies:

Clean & Green Toolkit (limited supplies): The kit will be yours for one month with a suggested $5 cash deposit, and includes gloves, a safety vest, garbage and recycling bags, a trowel, a cultivator, and a bag of mulchy compost. You will also receive a map of suggested local street trees and gardens to visit in Gowanus, and instructions for street tree stewardship. Reserve your toolkit here.

Lowlands Nursery Plants and Soil: Purchase through our online store for pick up, Wednesdays 11am-1pm. Schedule subject to change.

Compost: We have FREE compost available for pre-order and pick-up only. Due to COVID-19 precautions you must bag your own compost and bring your own containers and tools. Refer to this compost tip sheet to determine the amount of compost you need for your project. Remember that a little compost goes a long way! Reserve your compost here.

Before You Pick-up:
The health and safety of our community is a priority. If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT engage in stewardship activities outside the home:

– You are sick
– You are an older adult and/or have chronic health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.

When You Pick-up:
– Do not gather in groups and keep at least six feet between you and others.

– Wear a face covering. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering prevents you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.

– Wash your hands often, including at the start and end of your volunteer opportunity. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

– Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

– Do not shake hands.

Only one person should come to the pick-up (if more than one person, everyone must be in the same household). Please come at the designated time on your ticket and follow the guidelines of NYC Department of Health for going outside, which includes practicing social distancing by maintaining a six feet distance from others and wearing a face covering.

 

Partners and Sponsors

Patagonia Soho
Rockefeller Foundation
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Stephen Levin
NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse