The Spirit of Volunteering

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The Urban Ecology Center is a good place to start. Simply said, we would not be here today without the efforts of the volunteers who founded this organization and the thousands that have followed in their footsteps. Bring your interests, skills and time to the Urban Ecology Center to make our community and our environment better. Whether you are looking for a way to give back, solve a community problem or find a way to meet other people who share your interests, we are ready to help you get started.

How can I help at the Center?

There are many ways to volunteer at the Urban Ecology Center. We offer both regular and drop-in opportunities to accommodate many schedules and interests.


“I am interested in making a significant contribution to the Urban Ecology Center.  How do I get connected to volunteering on a regular basis?”

If you have a morning, afternoon or full day free on a weekly or monthly basis, there may be a regular volunteer opportunity that is a great fit for you.  If you have a particular skill or talent that you are looking to share, the perfect project might be waiting for you at the Center. Click here for our Regular Volunteer Opportunities.

“I’m free right now!  When can I volunteer?”

If you are looking to volunteer once, or are interested in squeezing occasional volunteering into an already busy or irregular schedule, we invite you to be a part of our Drop-in Volunteer projects. No prior experience is needed for these activities, you will be instructed by and learn from knowledgeable Urban Ecology Center staff. Click here to learn about our Drop-in Volunteer Opportunities.

“I’m required to complete service hours.  Can I complete them at the Urban Ecology Center?”

Many schools require students to complete service hours as a graduation requirement or as part of the school curriculum. The court system often assigns community service as well. If you have service hours to complete, you may be able to complete them at the Center. Call our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss your requirements at (414) 964-8505. Click here for more about completing your Service Hours Requirement at the Center.

"My staff/scouts/adult or youth group is looking for a service project. Do you have anything for groups?"

Do we ever! We can accomodate large or small groups of any make up. in the past we've had Boy and Girl Scout troops, team building/service groups from Kohls, GE Healthcare, Godfrey and Kahn, Time Warner, Johnson Controls, Alverno College and many more. Click here to learn about our opportunities for groups.

If you would like to volunteer specifically at one of our branches, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at that branch.

Riverside Park: Meghan Jones,

Menomonee Valley: Chris Steinkamp,

Washington Park: Davita Flowers-Shanklin, 


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CLOSED - Menomonee Valley branch

Saturday, November 28th

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CLOSED - Riverside Park branch

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Saturday, November 28th

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