Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Current Volunteer Opportunities- May 2016

Current Opportunity (5/4/2016): Compost Sift-a-Thon!

Come help sift compost with the Compost Team!

Why sifting?

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Sifting is a necessary step in the composting process because it helps filter out twigs, rocks, and the like from the “good stuff” of the compost heap which is packed up and used for gardening upon completion. Since finished compost is distributed to places like the UM Campus garden, we naturally insist on producing only the highest quality, nutrient-rich soil that we can possibly offer for our friends and patrons here at Ole Miss and in the greater Oxford community.


Wednesday May 4, 2016 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sign up for hourly shifts or volunteer with us the whole time!


The compost piles are located at the Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden on campus. Transportation will be provided from campus to the Sift-a-Thon at the top of each hour.


Use this form to sign up for hourly shifts.

Volunteer opportunities are open to UM students, faculty, staff and community members. Check out photos from past volunteer events below!

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with sustainability at UM.Volunteers work to sow seeds and plants in the new UM Garden.About 20 UM faculty and staff volunteers sort more than 1,400 pounds of recyclable material from the LSU game. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss CommunicationsVolunteers sift the finished compost.Zac helps weigh food waste in the RC Marketplace.Green Grove Ambassador Brittany Lott works with volunteers to help increase recycling on gameday.Green Grove Ambassador Ruhika Roy works with volunteers to help increase recycling on gameday.Volunteers break ground on the new UM Garden.Volunteers sort gameday recycables at the Oxford Recycling Center.