Serve the River: Participate in FMR Events
Do you have required service hours to complete for a college class or accreditation program? Great! Thanks for thinking of FMR. An overview of opportunities is below, and we hope you'll find a good fit. (We also have a section just for teachers or service coordinators.)
Most service contributors participate in FMR's regular volunteer habitat restoration events, which are two- to three-hour outdoor weekend or weekday evening activities, mid-April through mid-October. They're a fun way to help the river and it only takes an email to sign up!
Before registering for an FMR event, there are six things service contributors and organizers need to know:
1. We're strictly BYOP: Bring Your Own Paperwork.
If you'll need proof of participation, you must bring your paperwork to the volunteer event itself. Staff will confirm your hours and sign your form at the event's conclusion. If you do not have an official form from your instructor, feel free to print this one.
2. If you're under 18, and will be arriving without a parent or guardian, we must have their permission in advance.
3. No-shows really hurt. So students who do not show up for the event cannot sign up for future events.
4. It can take a day or two, but we'll get you the details.
Some people are used to registering for an event instantaneously online. We don't work this way. On-staff volunteer and event coordinators actually read your email and reply within one or two business days. If you email the person listed for the event you're interested in, rest assured we'll get you all of the details and directions you'll need. Nearly 100 percent of volunteer survey respondents over the past five years have said that FMR provides exactly the right amount of information to prepare for an FMR activity. But if you emailed us and we haven't replied, please check your SPAM box or contact Amy Kilgore directly at 651-222-2193 x31.
5. No group sign-ups.
We keep sign-up as simple as possible. There's no application, and no need to call us to set up an interview. Simply sign up by following the easy registration instructions from each write-up on our events calendar. However, we don't allow group signups for our public events. Fellow class- or program-mates need to be responsible for their own event participation, and we need to correspond directly with each registrant to make sure they have all the event info, especially if there are last-minute changes, like the occasional change in meeting site or weather update.
If you want to go out with a small group on your own time look for Pledge to Pull events, where one volunteer can get trained in to remove an invasive species and then return to complete additional hours with friends or classmates. It's a perfect fit for people who want to work independently and have several volunteer hours to fulfill. Or consider a stenciling outing or bin check-out.
6. If you have more than a few hours of service to complete, you probably won't be able to complete your hours with FMR alone. Please review FMR's events and then check out our Serve the River partners' opportunities.
Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!
p.s. If you'd like to promote an event to a class, program or group – Great! We very much appreciate and need help spreading the word about volunteer activities! It usually works best to keep things simple. Please feel free to send or post a one- or two-sentence description of the event with a link to the event listing on the calendar. That way people can just follow up and register with us directly.