Help Wanted: Protect AZ in 2019


The effects of climate change are being felt in Arizona.  Hotter temperatures, pollution and drier conditions result in challenges for our water system, destructive wildfires and unhealthy conditions for people who spend a lot of time outdoors, to name a few.  Thankfully there are many outstanding organizations that are making impact in solving these challenges. Be part of creating solutions by volunteering with environmental nonprofits that are working hard to protect wild places, finding new ways to protect limited resources and providing education to foster a culture of sustainability in Arizona.


Arizona Community Tree Council, Gilbert
Their mission is to facilitate the proper planting and care of trees in Arizona.  Programs bring together communities to encourage green spaces, urban forests and great neighborhoods with shade and other benefits. Volunteers are needed to help with events, trainings and tree plantings. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in healthy trees and the role they play in reducing urban heat.


 Arizona Sustainability Alliance, Tempe
This nonprofit action and advocacy alliance aims to create and support cutting-edge, project-based sustainability solutions through civic engagement, collaboration and education. They empower Arizona citizens to work together toward more verdant, equitable and sustainable communities. Volunteers are needed to help in many programs including Adopt-a-Park, school education, renewable energy, sustainable business, sustainable food systems, urban forestry and water resource management.  - MORE
Perfect for people interested in taking a leadership role in tackling sustainability challenges.

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Arizona Wilderness Coalition, Tucson but operates statewide
The participation of Arizonans in advocacy, restoration, and wilderness monitoring activities are an essential function of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s mission to protect our state’s wild lands. Volunteers can participate in AWC-led events, or take a more involved role in the program by "adopting" a wilderness area or wilderness trails as an Individual Wilderness Steward.  Help is needed on various trail maintenance and improvement projects, hiking or horseback riding trails, social interactions with other outdoor enthusiasts, and gaining general knowledge on a host of natural topics. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in protecting wilderness areas.


Art Resource Center, Tempe
The Art Resource Center collects reusable discards from individuals and industries and offers them free of charge to schools and other nonprofit entities for the purpose of making art.  This helps keep tons of items out of the landfill. Volunteers help keep the ARC afloat by helping stock shelves, sort buttons, wind yarn, cut paper and being a part of their art community. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in reuse of materials and the arts.

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
The Garden’s vision is to be the premier center in the world for the display, study and understanding of desert plants and their environments. Volunteers are an integral part of the team, supporting the Garden’s staff by serving in a variety of different assignment categories. Opportunities include teaching, horticulture assistants, docents, event help, assisting with the Spaces of Opportunity garden and more. - MORE  
Perfect for people interested in Arizona’s floral & fauna.


Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, Flagstaff
The mission of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future is to promote an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically prosperous Flagstaff through community education, citizen engagement, and advocacy. Volunteers help achieve this mission by attending monthly City Commission meetings such as Planning and Zoning Commission, Pedestrian Commission, Sustainability Commission, or the Open Space Commission; assisting with trail clean ups and site beautification; assisting with recycle activities, hikes, community gardening and tabling at events. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in advocacy and education.

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Friends of the Verde River, Cottonwood
The Verde River system is an environmental and cultural treasure for local communities, the state of Arizona, and beyond.  Friends of the Verde River envisions a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributaries that support our unique environment, vibrant economy, and quality of life for future generations. They work collaboratively to restore habitat, sustain flows, and promote community stewardship to support a healthy Verde River system. Volunteer projects include helping at events, restoration projects, helping pollinator gardens and seed stewards. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in protecting Arizona’s waterways and the species that depend on them.


Habitat For Humanity
A unique component of Habit For Humanity is their ReStore concept. These home improvement stores sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home goods, building materials and so much more. The Habitat ReStores have helped keep more than 30 million pounds of donated goods out of local land fills.

Perfect for people interested in reuse, DIY projects and improving their home using sustainable materials.


Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Phoenix
Help Keep Phoenix Beautiful achieve their vision of a vibrant city where each neighborhood is a healthy, beautiful place to live. Volunteers are needed at their community gardens, to help with events and neighborhood cleanups. - MORE 
Perfect for those interested in gardening, event recycling and keeping urban spaces clean.

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Local First Arizona Green Team, metro Phoenix
Join Local First Arizona in our effort to support, encourage and assist locally owned businesses to operate with sustainability in mind.  Each month Green Team members can participate in three activities - educational outings geared to providing insight into sustainability practices; volunteering at a business or event to improve their environmental footprint and supporting businesses with a cash mob.  - MORE
Perfect for those interested in event recycling, assisting businesses and growing their sustainability knowledge.


Native Seeds/SEARCH, Tucson
Crop diversity is key to achieving sustainable food security. Native Seeds/SEARCH focuses on seed security, which relies on the conservation and sharing of appropriate crop diversity and the knowledge to use that diversity effectively. Volunteer opportunities include packing seeds for distribution, filling mail orders, helping at special events, processing & cleaning harvested seeds and more. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in heritage foods and gardening.


Phoenix Public Market, Phoenix
The Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market is a program of Community Food Connections, which creates a downtown community gathering place by supporting small farmers and businesses that strengthen sustainable food systems and produce healthy products for the local community. Volunteers help with market operations, support public education efforts, and add to the markets’ spirit of community. Roles include helping at the information booth, assisting with recycling, assisting with workshops, vendor support and more. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in local foods, event recycling and community building.


Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix
The Zoo relies on over 300 active volunteers to support their staff and mission of providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. Volunteers help through active service in nearly a dozen departments and over one hundred roles including education, fundraising, horticulture or assisting keepers. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in animals and conservation.


Treasures 4 Teachers, Tempe
Treasures 4 Teachers is a member based resource and supply store providing low cost and free school supplies to educators of Arizona. They accept donations of reusable materials for their supply store and thrift store.  Volunteers are needed to help general store administration, direct mail campaigns, marketing, fundraising support, bookkeeping, and outreach. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in reuse and supporting educators.


Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson
Tucson Audubon inspires people to enjoy and protect birds through recreation, education, conservation, and restoration of the environment. Their volunteer program offers many opportunities, including assisting in the nature shop, helping with birding fields trips and youth education, habitat restoration, bird surveys and membership and development. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in birds and conservation of habitats.


Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Tucson
This environmental advocacy and action organization was founded to preserve and improve the environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance quality of life in the City of Tucson and eastern Pima County. These goals are achieved through educational and hands-on programs emphasizing personal action in recycling and waste reduction, land stewardship, urban forestry and beautification. Volunteer help is needed in a variety of programs including tree planting and maintenance, park litter cleanup, electronics collection events, buffelgrass removal and more. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in tree planting,  keeping urban areas clean, recycling and invasive species removal.


Watershed Management Group, Tucson & Phoenix
Watershed Management Group develops and implements community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. Volunteers gain valuable skills and knowledge in water conservation techniques. Opportunities include giving tours of public demonstration site, tabling at outreach events, data collection and monitoring, rain garden care, administrative tasks, Spanish translation, Latino community engagement, and assisting visitors at our Welcome Center. - MORE
Perfect for people interested in water conservation.