Friends of the Cheat and the Cheat River would never be where it is today without the help of an army of civic-minded individuals.  Our dedicated volunteers assist FOC staff in routine water quality monitoring in the field, make Cheat Fest a reality, keep a finger on the pulse of stream health, serve on focused committees, and many more essential administrative functions.  

Event Volunteering:  Cheat River Festival, on the first weekend in May, offers plenty of opportunities to lend a hand. If you are able to volunteer on the day of or leading up to the event, please contact Cheat Fest Coordinator at cheatfest@cheat.org.

Community Action Groups: Friends of the Cheat supports several committees that support recreational development in the Cheat River watershed, including the Preston Rail Trail Committee and the Upper Cheat Water Trail Committee. If you are interested in any of these groups, and would like to help them develop trail maintenance plans and fundraising opportunities, call us at 304-329-3621.

Field Work and Scientific Volunteering: What to know more about acid mine drainage and how FOC works to reduce its harmful impact on the Cheat River?  From macroinvetebrate identification to water quality monitoring, we have a job for you!   Contact Monitoring Technician Garrett Richardson at grichardson@cheat.org.

CAPABLE Monitoring Program:  Become part of a growing network of volunteers who monitor important streams in the Cheat watershed for natural and unnatural developmental impacts.  Volunteers are trained to spot changes in water quality and equipped with the materials to measure parameters at  assigned sites and healthy waterways.  For more information including how to volunteer contact Madison Ball at madison@cheat.org.

Specialized Skills/Services:  Are you an expert in your field?  Do you love to check data or geo-rectify satellite images and want to help FOC restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat Watershed? Let us know!

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