Volunteer Service Day

Greater & Greener Gives Back!

At each Greater & Greener conference, attendees, and local organizations come together for Volunteer Service Day, an opportunity to make a difference in a city park in the conference host city.

Volunteer Service Day 2022

Norris Square Park, Philadelphia

Calling all volunteers at Greater & Greener 2022! Lend a hand and enjoy the satisfaction of making a lasting impact at Norris Square Park, a beloved Philadelphia landmark and a community park in need. Volunteer Service Day participants will engage with park staff and members of the community to upgrade and improve the Norris Square Park playground and surrounding areas. All ages and abilities are welcome; no experience is needed.

Norris Square Park, located in North Philadelphia, builds upon the city’s rich history of public parks. Located in the Kensington area of North Philadelphia, the land for this 5.8-acre square was donated by the family of Isaac Norris to be used as a “public green and walk forever.” The surrounding neighborhood (also called Norris Square) and the park declined in the latter part of the twentieth century as nearby mills and factories closed. Today, dedicated community groups help upkeep the park and retain its historic character.




Photo of Norris Square Park courtesy of Fairmount Park Conservancy. 

Past Volunteer Service Days

St. Charles Place Park, Inc.

2019 | Denver

Volunteer Service Day participants installed new playground equipment and performed general park cleanup at St. Charles Place Park. The project was led by the St. Charles Ambassadors, a volunteer group of youth formed to represent the interest of the Cole community and assist with the redesign of the park.

Lead Sponsor: Landscape Structures, Inc.

Supporting Sponsors: University of Denver, Xcel Energy

Central Village Park

2017 | Saint Paul

Saint Paul Parks & Recreation hosted the 2017 Twin Cities Volunteer Service Day where conference attendees rolled up their sleeves to install new play structures, plant flowers, and spread mulch in Central Village Park in Saint Paul.

Lead Sponsor: Landscape Structures, Inc.

Supporting Sponsor: Greater MSP (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership)

Mountain Lake, Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

2015 | San Francisco

Local host partners San Francisco Recreation & Parks, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust organized a day of clean up and renovation activities including invasive species removal, new plantings, and playground/tennis court clean up at the Presidio.

Lead Sponsor: FedEx

Supporting Sponsor: San Francisco Foundation

East River Park

2012 | New York City

Hosted by our local partners New York City Parks & Recreation and City Parks Foundation, more than 50 volunteers—including a strong showing from the Student Conservation Association—came out to paint fence railings, pull weeds, and rake leaves in Manhattan’s East River Park.

Lead Sponsor: REI

Supporting Sponsor: Con Edison