CBF volunteers staff a table at a local event. Photo by CBF StaffCBF volunteers staff a table at a local event. Photo by CBF Staff

Volunteer in Hampton Roads & on the Eastern Shore

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is very fortunate to have the help and support of thousands of citizens who volunteer their time and who have demonstrated their commitment to a cleaner, healthier, Chesapeake Bay. Every year, volunteers donate more than 25,000 hours to CBF programs that advance the Bay's health. The immediate results of their work are impressive. But the value of their undertaking for future generations is priceless. We salute our volunteers for their contribution to a better community and a restored Bay.

Below are some volunteer opportunities specific to the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore areas.

If you would like to become involved and have not volunteered before or would like more information, please complete our Volunteer Information Form. If you are already a CBF volunteer and would like more information about current or specific opportunities, contact our Hampton Roads office at 757-622-1964 or send an e-mail to HamptonRoads@cbf.org.

In the Field

Father and children plant a tree at Holly Beach Farm. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto © Nikki Davis
Stream and Shoreline Restoration

Planting native trees and shurbs along the banks of waterways in one of the most effective ways to keep polluted runoff out of streams. Creating living shorelines with native wetland plants and grasses helps restore habitat for wildlife, preventerosion, capture sediment, and filter pollution.

Check our calendar for current volunteer opportunities

Volunteers help with oyster restoration. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Oyster Restoration

Want to help restore the Bay's native oyster population? If you live near or have access to salt water and a dock or pier become an oyster gardener. Other oyster restoration opportunities include assistong CBF staff in collecting and distributing adult oysters during the summer and helping out on CBF's oyster farm.

Find out more about CBF's oyster restoration programs

Volunteers gather trash from the beach during Clean the Bay Day. Photo by Kevin DuBoisPhoto by CBF Staff
Clean the Bay Day

Since 2000, CBF has sponsored one of Virginia's most effective clean-up efforts. Clean the Bay Day, held annually the first Saturday in June, now elnlists more than 7,000 volunteers to remove litter and debris from the state's waterways. From the the Shenandoah Valley to Virginia's Eastern Shore and from Northern Virginia to the North Carolina border, this impressive effort pulls more than 100 tons of trash from the Bay and its tributaries each year.

Find out more about Clean the Bay Day

In Your Community

Local advocates turn out at a public meeting. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff

CBF volunteer advocates speak for the Bay and its rivers and streams. They are the infantry in our fight for clean water, making their voices heard on public policy, legislation, development, and other issues that affect our waterways. Advocacy volunteers contribute at many levels. They show up at rallies, send e-mails, make phone calls, gather signatures for petitions, and remind citizens and public officals of the need to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams.

Join CBF's Action Network

CBF Clean Water Captains meet with Senator Mark Warner. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Clean Water Captains

A Clean Water Captain is one part watch dog and one part teacher. Clean Water Captains know their watersheds—which creeks and streams are impaired and why. Captains build consensus and provide constructive feedback at local meetings regarding land use, zoning variances, etc. Captains are well connected in their communities and have relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials. Most importantly, a Clean Water Captain has the passion and commitment, as well as approximately eight hours a month, to help CBF save the Bay.

Find out more about being a Clean Water Captain

Volunteer staffing CBF table at a local event. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Events, Fairs, and Festivals

We frequently are looking for volunteers to assist at CBF seminars, workshops, and other events. These are great opportunities for learning more about the Bay while you meet other Bay supporters. There are also many great fairs and festivals in the area, such as Harbor Fest and the Boardwalk Art Show. We often get requests to be at these events, but simply cannot attend them all due to staff limitations. Staffing a CBF table is a great volunteer opportunity to help spread the word about CBF and its programs. You will receive free entry into the event if you volunteer.

Check our calendar for upcoming events

Speakers Bureau volunteer making a presentation. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Speakers Bureau

What are the issues affecting the Bay and its rivers and streams? How can citizens make a difference? In presentations to civic, service, and social organizations across the region, volunteers from CBF's Speakers Bureau provide the answers. Their training includes briefings on the state of the Bay's health, the latest legislative issues, and the science-based strategies that are needed to save the Bay.

Learn more about CBF's Speakers Bureau

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CBF's Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) program is an adult education and volunteer training course designed to create a deeper understanding of the Chesapeake Bay and its issues. When the program is over, graduates commit to completing 40 service hours in their area of the watershed. VoiCeS graduates share their skills and knowledge by assisting Riverkeeper organizations and watershed restoration groups and participating in restoration efforts.

Find out more about VoiCeS

Students install a rain barrel as part of a CBF Student Wave project. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Student Wave

High school students, join a wave of action projects happening across the Chesapeake Bay region by doing one in your community. From installing rain barrels to cleaning up streams and more. Watch for photo contests and other opportunities to raise awareness about Bay issues while winning cool prizes. Follow Student Wave on social media to make sure you don’t miss out on other fun opportunities!

Join Student Wave

If you would like to become involved and haven't volunteered before or would like more information, please complete the Volunteer Information Form below. If you are already an active volunteer, please contact our office at 757-622-1964, or contact Tanner Council (Hampton Roads area) at tcouncil@cbf.org, or Tatum Ford (Eastern Shore) at tford@cbf.org.

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