Eco-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities

by Natalie Bencivenga


July 10, 2023

Summertime is the perfect time to give back to our communities. With kids home from school and time to kill, it is a great way to keep active, get engaged, and make an impact in your neighborhood. Looking for some inspiration? Check out these great organizations that are making a difference for our planet and in our communities!

Communitopia’s mission is to provide transformative climate change education that develops today’s climate leaders and advances equitable solutions. With a strong focus on youth and education, the organization is looking for volunteers to provide “support at one-time events or providing services pro bono.” Email to learn more or click HERE to make a donation. 

Clean Air Council
The Clean Air Council is a member-supported environmental organization serving the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Council is dedicated to protecting and defending everyone’s right to a healthy environment. The Council works through a broad array of related sustainability and public health initiatives, using public education, community action, government oversight, and enforcement of environmental laws. Check out their website for volunteer opportunities focused on their events, programs, and legal services. 

Three Rivers Waterkeeper
The Three Rivers Waterkeeper’s mission focuses on protecting the water quality of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, as well as their respective watersheds. The organization’s vision is to have drinkable, fishable, swimmable water in these rivers and  and their respective watersheds. It operates as a scientific and legal advocate for the community which began in 2009. Volunteer opportunities include help needed around operations, events, water monitoring and patrolling, advocating, as well as science and water sampling. 

Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary 
This incredible farm sanctuary located north of Pittsburgh is the brainchild of veterinarian, Dr. Karen Phillips. She began this sanctuary to protect all types of animals including pigs, goats, ostriches, miniature ponies, ducks, turkeys and more. The organization started in 2008, relies on volunteers to help with farm chores, animal transport, donation pick up/delivery, tabling at local events, creating raffle baskets for events and more. It can use your brain, too! How about helping at a special event or outreach activity? Hope Haven is also in need of help with public relations, event planning, fundraising and legal expertise.


Natalie Bencinvenga is a regular contributor to The Green Voice