Volunteer

The California Native Garden in Lake Cunningham Regional Park, 2305 S. White Rd, San Jose, welcomes volunteers to help with invasive plant removal, mulching, planting, and watering. Workdays are Saturdays 9am to 11am. This volunteer opportunity is suitable for all who enjoy physical activity in an outdoor setting with a view of the lake, the garden, and wildlife. It is a good opportunity for high schoolers or individuals looking for community service volunteer hours. To volunteer, click on the link below. Be sure to tell us something about yourself and the date(s) you wish to volunteer.

To volunteer, click here.

 

Bring this signed Waiver Form to the event.

 

The Lake Cunningham Native Garden has been adopted by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society as part of the City of San Jose Adopt-A-Park program.

Due to the ongoing covid-19 issue, volunteering activities have been modified to include safety training and procedures. All volunteers must comply.

Individual volunteers are permitted after May 5, 2020 under these new guidelines:

  1. All volunteers must complete and email the new 2020 Volunteer Status & Waiver Agreement to Mollie Tobias of the city’s Volunteer Management Unit, or bring and submit the form in person on their first workday.
  2. All volunteers must attend a safety training at the start of each workday. Latecomers who miss the training will not be able to volunteer that day.

Volunteers are required to observe the following:

  1. If you are not feeling well, stay home.
  2. No sharing of tools or equipment — volunteer must bring their own gloves, weeding tool, and bucket (to carry weeds).
  3. Wear a face covering.
  4. Wear gloves.
  5. Social Distancing applies: keep at least 6 feet away from others.
  6. Those who have it, wear your volunteer vest so everyone knows you are a City of San Jose volunteer!
  7. If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and throw it away.
  8. Avoid touching your face.
  9. Wash your hands when you get home.

If you are comfortable volunteering at the park, your help is welcome.

The City of San Jose is unable to offer Workman’s Compensation coverage for volunteers at this time.

Health guidelines advise those over 50 years of age to stay home, as well as those with underlying health conditions.

It is important for you to understand the risks. If you prefer to not volunteer quite yet, that is just fine!

Be well, stay well.