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, meets weekly for five to eight weeks*, typically in the fall. Participants learn about the Bay's biology, its problems and issues, local issues affecting water quality, and how volunteers and their communities can help restore the Bay and their local waterways.

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 five- to eight-week* course of study, with classes held one evening a week for typically two to three hours, 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.

* Some programs are shortened and held on two consecutive weekends. See actual program registration announcements (listed in the sidebar) for details.

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