Membership & Volunteer Information

RING is a membership and volunteer nonprofit organization. Our minimum dues have been only $10 since 1990 to encourage membership.  RING can’t thrive without your support. Please consider becoming a RING volunteer and member.

 Join RING or Renew Membership 

You do not have to be a member in order to volunteer.  The RING Garden offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. We are interested in hearing your ideas on how you would like to volunteer your time. 

Below you will find descriptions of the various areas for which you can volunteer. To sign up as a volunteer, click here to fill out RING’s online volunteer application. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maggie Clarke at Maggie Clarke.

Join the RING Board: Have you been a member for a little while (or a long while) and wanted to help out in some way?  We have openings in the RING board now, and encourage you to come forward.  Being a RING board member means that you have a larger role in deciding what goes on at RING, for example, what we plant, what events we have, what we buy, how we raise funds, and how we communicate with RINGers and those from the outside.  RING can’t survive without volunteers.  We need you.  Please give it some thought and if you have ANY questions contact Maggie at

Gardening:  This is the main activity at RING.  Volunteering to water, weed, plant, mow, rake, and prune are essential to keeping the garden looking great.  We would love to hear your ideas on how you want to help.

Composting:  Combining kitchen veg and fruit scraps with garden leaves produces wonderful compost, which we use on the garden.  We are looking for more volunteers to add new materials as well as mix, water, sift and spread the compost. All are equally important; if one isn’t done, the process comes to a halt. 


Garden Sitting:  The Parks Department requires RING to keep the garden open to the public 20 hours a week.  So sitting in the garden, minding it, if you will, is critical to RING’s existence!  You can do this alone, with your lunch and newspaper, or in groups, even events or small community meetings, as long as those are coordinated with us in advance.  It’s important for the garden sitter to welcome visitors and hand out RING brochures.  If you’re a member, you have free access to RING.

If you would like to volunteer on a regular basis ( evening a week or month) please let us know so we can add you to the calendar.

Garden Events: Host an event in the garden for our community, e.g., artists, musical, children’s puppet show, workshop, potluck dinners, etc.  All ideas are welcome!  And you can have other events like a meeting of your folk music group or tenant association.  As long as at least one gate is open to the public, all we ask is for there to be coordination so that events don’t overlap.

Publicity:  RING does a lot of great stuff, but the neighborhood still doesn’t know!  Want to help us get the word out?  Contact Maggie to get involved (

Pond Maintenance:   The fish in the pond require a clean place to survive.  It’s not hard to learn.  Different tasks include feeding the fish, cleaning the filters, testing the water, adding chemicals to maintain correct balance, maintaining the pumps and cleaning the pond.    Some of these are done often, and some only once a year.  Free training is provided!  Contact Arthur to get involved (

Solar Panels: We are looking for volunteers to learn how to maintain the solar panels, batteries, and controller, water pumps and how these items keep the pond clean in summer and free of ice in winter.  Contact Arthur to get involved (

Fund Raising:  We are looking for volunteers to help us raise some funds in order to purchase a new menorah for the garden.

To sign up as a volunteer, click here to fill out RING‘s online volunteer application. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maggie Clarke at

    • PDF guides on how to care for RING that you can download, print and bring with you.



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