Volunteer Information

Xstream Cleanup is a Quad-Cities initiative to clean up our waterways with the goal of maintaining clean water for drinking, recreation, wildlife and commerce. 

Our partners provide fun, worthwhile volunteer opportunities that give you a reason to get out, have fun, get dirty and make a difference!

When? Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year, with most cleanup events being held in spring and fall.

Where? Volunteers are needed for events around the Quad-Cities, in both Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois.

How do I participate? Anyone interested in making a difference in cleaning up, maintaining, and beautifying our natural areas and waterways is encouraged to participate. No previous experience is necessary!

volunteers.jpg What do I need? Your cleanup organizer will let you know what you need to wear or bring the day of the cleanup. Any questions you have should be directed to the organizer.

However, in general, it's a good idea to wear a pair of rubber boots or old gym shoes. Do not wear sandals! Wear long pants. Normally, cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves, and litter tongs are provided to you. You are welcome to bring your own personal cleanup supplies, equipment, rubber boots, or hip waders if desired.

Depending on the weather, remember to wear sunscreen and/or bug spray. You may also want to bring a towel or plastic bag to cover the interior of your car should you get wet or muddy during the event.


Volunteer Opportunities
Spring Calendar

Street Cleanup
8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 11, 2017:
Rock River at Vandruff Island (Rock Island) Help clean up in Rock Island. Register by phone (309-738-2394) or e-mail.

Corridor Cleanup
8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017: Locations in Davenport. Lend a hand to clean up litter and debris, and help make Davenport's city gateways sparkle!
Register online.

Big Island Invasive Species Removal
9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017: Big Island (Milan).
Join Big Island Soil & Water Preservation Association as they clean up litter, perform trail maintenance, and get the natural areas on Big Island looking spiffy for spring and summer recreation.14 years and older only, please.
Register online.

Tree Wrapping with LL&W
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 30-Sunday, April 2, 2017: East Moline Bus Garage.
 Join Chad Pregracke's team as they prep trees for planting with the MillionTrees Project. Learn more and register online.

Cleanup & Garlic Mustard Pull
8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017: Nahant Marsh (Davenport). Get your hands dirty with Nahant for their annual spring cleanup. Register by contacting Jevonnah by phone (563-336-3370) or e-mail.

MAiZE Earth Day Cleanup
9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017: Downtown Davenport.
Clean up downtown with the Figge Art Museum as part of their MAize Earth Day Event, which includes plastic-bottle cornstalk construction with artist Jean Shinn. Register online.

Tree Planting
8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017: Location TBD
. Plant trees with Davenport Public Works. Learn more and register online.

Street Cleanup
9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017: Downtown Rock Island
. Meet up with Keep Rock Island Beautiful to clean up downtown and have some fun! Sign up: 309-786-1334.

Invasive Species Removal
9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 6, 2017: Black Hawk State Historic Site (Rock Island)
. Help remove harmful plants from natural areas with Keep Rock Island Beautiful. Poison ivy is a possibility; wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes. Register: (309) 786-1334.

Tree Nursery Maintenance
9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 13, 2017: Living Lands & Waters Tree Nursery (Davenport)
. Help clean up the tree nursery by weeding and performing other tasks. Learn more and register online.