There’s always work to be done when it comes to taking care of our planet. Earth Day is April 22 and there are several organizations leading events across the country to celebrate and do good for our environment. Many City Year AmeriCorps members and our students will also be participating in projects that benefit their communities.
If you’re looking for a way to serve with your students, your family or your friends on Earth Day, take a look at these four organizations that #ServeTheEarth all year long.
Earth Day Network
More than 1 billion people worldwide participate in and stand behind the mission of Earth Day in 192 countries worldwide, making it the largest civic-centered day of action in the world. Even if you’re unable to take part in an event on Earth Day itself, there are plenty of ways to stand behind Earth Day’s mission for a better and cleaner environment for everyone all month – and year – long.
If you’re an educator, a City Year AmeriCorps member, or someone who works with students in some capacity, consider sharing with your students the importance of environmental stewardship by having them take these Earth Day quizzes, or sign up here to gain access to free classroom resources such as textbooks, lesson plans and videos.
Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) invests significant time and training hours in enabling citizens to promote environmental stewardship. Partnering with community organizations, CNCS aims to use national service programs like AmeriCorps to improve the environment. You can search for opportunities through CNCS, which range from sustainable recycling to environmental job training and more, here. Be sure to take a look at these helpful tips from CNCS for how you can improve the environment in your local community.
Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is an organization focused on inspiring and growing the next generation of conservation leaders through hands-on service. Volunteering and gaining experience with the SCA has positive long-term impact on those that take part, and they’re holding Earth Day events all across the country throughout the month of April.
VolunteerMatch is a platform that easily connects volunteers to opportunities related to a wide range of topics and categories in both local and virtual locations, allowing you to give your time and make a difference from your computer if you can’t physically make it to a location outside of your home or workplace. Earth Day opportunities are listed here.