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Volunteers As Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS)

CBF created the VoiCeS program in 2004 as a way to reach out to local volunteers and their communities and create a deeper understanding of the Bay and the efforts to restore it. This professionally-taught, two-part program, meet weekly for eight weeks and includes field trips and participant-led community projects. Participants learn about the Bay's biology, its problems and issues, and how volunteers and their communities can help Bay restoration.

VoiCeS not only connects participants with the Bay, but it also gives volunteers a greater understanding of their own watersheds. The program is divided into two parts:

  • a six- to eight-week course of study, with one three-hour class each week, and
  • a service requirement on a Bay-related project or projects of 40 hours over the next nine months. (Some programs might not require this.)

Successful graduates receive CBF's designation as Chesapeake Stewards.

For more information about a VoiCeS program near you contact:

In Maryland (Western Shore): Jennifer Herzog, Grassroots Manager, at 410-268-8816 

In Maryland (Eastern Shore): Hilary Gibson, Grassroots Coordinator, at4105431999

In Pennsylvania: CBF's Pa. office at 717-234-5550

In Virginia (Richmond Area): Blair Blanchette, Grassroots Coordinator, at 804-780-1392 x3150

In Virginia (Charlottesville Area): Robert Jennings, at 484-888-2966

In Hampton Roads: Tanner Council, Grassroots Coordinator, at 757-622-1964  

On Virginia's Eastern Shore: Tatum Ford, Eastern Shore Grassroots Coordinator, at 757-971-0366.

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