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Volunteer Opportunities

We are an all-volunteer, local non-profit organization.  By sharing our time and talents, we can accomplish great things. With the variety of opportunities and different levels of involvement, the time commitment is up to you.  Every person who volunteers makes a big difference.

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Stream Monitoring: Join one of our stream monitoring teams. Training is provided through free VA Save Our Streams classes. Each team monitors their stream 2x per year, spending about two hours each time. The main focus of stream monitoring is looking at macroinvertebrates (insects) that live in the water. This helps us determine the health of the river.

Stream Stewardship Projects: We’re looking for volunteers to help plan and execute stream habitat restoration projects, stream restoration projects, stream clean-up projects, and other community events.  If you have an idea or would like to participate in an event please let us know.  We plan to do 2-3 stewardship projects per year.

Man the Booth at a Fair: Throughout the year, we set up our FOMR table at local environmental events. Help us to “man the booth” for a few hours here and there. This includes handing out informational materials and answering general questions about the Middle River and FOMR. We “man the booth” in pairs so there is always backup if you need to take a break.

Conservation Advocacy: Advocacy is an important part of our work to preserve and protect healthy streams and rivers here in Augusta County.  The “Friends” need a few more people to help in areas such as researching issues, designing advocacy tools, developing messages, and coordinating logistics for advocacy efforts. If you have interest in joining us in any of these areas, please volunteer.

Publications: Whether you enjoy coming up with ideas for publications or helping to design and develop them, we can use your talents. We need assistance in researching information, creating brochures and designing posters. If you have special skills with graphics design and layout or have a good eye for catching typos, we could use some help with those aspects too.

Programs Development: The FOMR Executive Committee meets once every few months to brainstorm ideas for stewardship programs and field trips. If you’d like to be a part of this, please let us know. In addition, we need volunteers to help with the logistics for executing programs. This may include helping to identify/schedule locations for our events, or helping with refreshments or setting up the room.

Membership Development: Help build our voice for environmental stewardship by helping with our outreach to more Augusta County citizens. Support in this area includes helping identify ways to reach more citizens, participating in mailings, and creating promotional materials.