BAVC Celebrates National Volunteer Month & Earth Month!

April is an important month for the Barrington Area Volunteer Connection (BAVC) as it is both National Volunteer Month and also Earth Month!

BAVC is a unique organization as it is able to connect Barrington Area residents to any nonprofit in the area, ensuring that volunteers find opportunities that best meet their interests and talents. Want to get involved and help local causes? Click here to find upcoming OUTDOOR Barrington area volunteer opportunities, click here for VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities, click here for ALL local volunteer opportunities and click here if you’re looking for volunteers.

Volunteering has been shown to have many positive effects such increasing your feeling of well being, decreasing depression and anxiety and increasing your energy so it is the perfect time to enjoy the warmer weather that spring brings.

For Earth Month, several of our local nonprofits are hosting volunteer events that are open to anyone in the community:

Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT)

Celebrating its 20th year, Barrington Area Conservation Trust will be hosting an Earth Day event at Pederson Preserve on Thursday April 22nd from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Rain date is April 29th). Located just near Barrington High School, the day will include restoration and educational opportunities.

Click here to sign up today!

BACT also hosts a conversation program in BHS’s science classes and offers opportunities for students to learn about a range of environmental topics especially plants and the wildlife.

Spring Creek Forest Preserve

Spring Creek has over 4,000 acres of grasslands and trails and is located near South Barrington. In celebration of Earth Month, The Spring Creek Stewards, a volunteer conservation eco-group, is hosting a family friendly sedge planting events throughout the week of April 22nd.

Click here to sign up today!

The event helps to bring back the native plants that are special to the preserve ensuring that the wildlife also endures. The planting days are open to anyone in the surrounding area and tools and refreshments will be provided.

Help BAVC celebrate Volunteer Month and volunteer within your local community! Visit today to sign up today for any of the above volunteer events, create your profile or to get more information.

For more information or to begin using the Volunteer Connection as either a nonprofit or a resident seeking out volunteer opportunities, please go to

*Spring Creek Forest Preserve Photos by Bob Lee

About the Barrington Area Volunteer Connection

Launched in January of 2021, the Barrington Area Volunteer Connection (BAVC) was developed via a partnership between Barrington Area Development Council and the Barrington Area Library. BAVC’s goal is to bring all 100+ Barrington area nonprofits, churches and service organizations in one searchable database so that volunteers can easily find opportunities. The foundation of BAVC is a volunteer match platform called Get Connected which serves as a clearinghouse to bring together organizations, volunteers, and collaborators to match volunteer interests with nonprofits needing assistance. GetConnected also offers organizations optional features such as easy record keeping of volunteer hours, as well as mobile check in and shift reminders and other ways to communicate with volunteers. Learn more at * BAVC Photos by Bob Lee

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