Since 2008, the WEF Community Service Project has made a significant impact on several WEFTEC host cities, creating 5 rain gardens, 6 bioswales, and an outdoor classroom.

The future of the Community Service Project is bright and as each year passes, the projects get larger, the number of volunteers increases, and the impact grows. Help us continue this tradition by making a donation or volunteering to help with this year's project!

2019 Service Project RFP

WEF's SYPC is excited to announce that the 2019 Community Service Project RFP is now available. We are seeking a service project related to the improvement of water quality and/or the environment in Chicago, within a 20-minute drive of Grant Park.

Download the RFP here.

WEFTEC 2018 - Treme Community Center

Location: Treme Community Recreation Center

Date: Saturday, September 29

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

About: The Center suffers from poor drainage and flooding due to runoff from their slanted roof flowing into an existing planter box.

In order to manage roof runoff, our volunteers will be working to transform the existing planter box into a bioswale which will capture, detain and treat the stormwater runoff from the slanted roof to alleviate flooding and improve water quality.

We will also be installing a green infrastructure graphic to educate the community on the importance of drainage. This project will not only leave a positive impact on the environment, but will also provide community education on water, the environment, and green infrastructure.

Volunteer buses board at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center (900 Convention Center Blvd.) at 8:30am at the Halls H/I covered drive, and will be departing by 9:00am. Buses will arrive back at the Convention Center by 4:00pm.

Transportation, lunch, and a project t-shirt are provided for all volunteers.Volunteers will spend the day constructing a bioswale and an educational green infrastructure graphic.

Register as a Volunteer

Registration for the WEF Community Service Project is required. To register as a volunteer, add the “WEF Community Service Project” to your WEFTEC Registration.

Contact WEF Staff, Megan Livak, with questions about registration.

If you are interested in helping plan this year’s project, please contact the 2018 Service Project Chairs, Chris Marschinke and Natalie Cook. Service Project Committee volunteers help locate, design, secure materials, market and raise funds for the project.

Make a Donation

Funding for the Community Service Project and Water Palooza Education Day are provided entirely by donations. Both monetary and material donations are needed for this year’s project. Donations help us supply physical materials required for the construction of sustainable water projects that might not happen without our involvement.


  • Green level donors ($500): Name on the service project website, t-shirt for volunteers, and banner at project site. Promotion on social media and recognition in WEF newsletters.
  • Blue level donors ($1,000 or more): Logo on service project website, t-shirt for volunteers, and banner at project site. Promotion on social media and in WEF newsletters. Name recognition on educational sign at the service project site.
  • WEF Student & Young Professional Program Sponsors are also supporters of the WEF Community Service Project. The sponsorship levels and benefits are detailed at


**Note: Please donate by August 25 to receive listed donor benefits. Material donors will be recognized commensurate with the donation value. Contact the 2018 Service Project Chair, Chris Marschinke, to learn more about material donation opportunities.

Questions? Contact Us!

WEF Staff: Megan Livak, Students and Young Professionals Manager, 703-684-2400 x7220

Service Project Chairs: Chris Marschinke and Natalie Cook