OMB Cleanup


Our volunteers make it possible for us to maintain a clean and healthy river!

Volunteering with the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a great way to do something good for the environment, your water and the community.We have a wide selection of volunteer opportunities ranging from one-time events to ongoing volunteer work. We are a small organization and our volunteers are incredibly important to our mission, and to our ability to maintain a clean and healthy river! Scroll down to learn about all of the upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities.

One Time Volunteer Events

Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie | Saturday, August 24

Help keep the race and after party clean! We’re looking for volunteers to staff our booth and help empty trash cans at the 1st annual Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie in Belmont, NC. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a beneficiary of the Bon Temps Paddle Battle!


Around the Crown 10k Water Station | Sunday, September 1

On September 1, 2019 an epic “FIRST” in the history of Charlotte is going to take place and Catawba Riverkeeper is proud to be a part of it. The Around the Crown 10k will give runners an opportunity to run on a closed down I-277 and we are hosting the 4 Mile Water Station near our offices on North Church Street. Join us in passing out water to all runners in their race provided recyclable cups to beat the Labor Day Weekend heat!


Lake Wateree Riversweep | Saturday, September 21

Volunteers will meet at 9 AM at one of three access points:

  •  Clearwater Cover/White Oak Access
  • June Creek Access
  • Wateree Creek Access

After we are done cleaning, we’ll meet at Creekside Grill for some food and fun. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last).


Fishing Creek Cleanup | Saturday, September 21

Meet at Edgewater Sunset Pointe Marina at 9 AM. Cleanup supplies provided. Boat captains needed! Lunch to follow at noon.


2019 River Cleanups


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Start Volunteering Today with our Catawba Water Watcher App

A great way to help in a tangible way on your schedule is to download our app (Catawba Water Watcher App – just search Catawba Riverkeeper in your app store and it should pop up). The app will allow you to report pollution as well as trashy areas around you. You can use it any time you’re out and about, or you can block off some time to do some direct investigation of areas you think are in need of a more in-depth observation from our staff.

Learn more about our app and how to use it HERE

Volunteer Boat Captains – an ongoing volunteer role to help our Riverkeeper get out on the river in your area

Have questions? contact Brandon Jones – Riverkeeper –, 704.679.9494

No questions, just want to get started…fill out the Volunteer Boat Captain Information Form


If you are a new volunteer, we encourage you to create a volunteer profile, which will allow you to choose what opportunities most interest you. Once you complete your volunteer profile, you can start signing up for events!

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Volunteer, Jennifer, working with the awesome kids from our CREEK Program, Summer 2016


If you have questions about volunteering for Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation or any upcoming events, please email, 704.679.9494.

Volunteer Handbook and Policy Manual