Volunteer Programs

The City of Raleigh Offers Opportunities to Serve

Last updated Dec. 01, 2014 - 1:05 pm

If you are looking for a meaningful opportunity to use your time and talent to benefit the community, the City of Raleigh can help. The City welcomes the assistance of volunteers in a number of roles.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

RSVP volunteers provide Meals on Wheels.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program welcomes anyone age 55 and older to contribute their energy and skills to nearly 40 community agencies and organizations. Many volunteers say their RSVP placements help keep them active and feeling young.

Foster Grandparent Program

Foster Grandparents work with children in settings across Wake County.

Foster Grandparents provide one-on-one support services to children with special needs. They receive training and a small stipend. To be eligible, you must be 55 and over and meet income requirements.

Police Volunteer Program

Police volunteers serve in a number of capacities.

Volunteers work with the Raleigh Police Department to provide security patrols in parks, take crime reports by phone and perform data entry, among other duties. Volunteers receive training and must serve at least 15 hours per month.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Programs

Parks volunteers enjoy working outdoors.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program enlists individuals and groups to assist with park plantings, trail maintenance, special events, youth athletics, recreation classes, English as a second language (ESL) and the Adopt-a-Park program. Volunteers make a lasting contribution to the community through their service.

Stormwater Management Volunteer Program

Volunteers collect samples from a stream.

The City encourages the public to be involved in protecting our waterways from pollution. Volunteers in the Adopt-A-Stream Program take part in regular stream walks and clean-up activities. The Storm Drain Marking Program focuses on preventing pollution and encouraging residents to keep trash and debris out of storm drains, which feed directly to nearby streams or other bodies of water. And Stream Monitoring Volunteers can get right into the water to directly measure the health of their neighborhood streams.

Recycling Block Leaders

Volunteers promote recycling and waste reduction.

Recycling Block Leaders help to increase community awareness of the importance of waste reduction. You can sign up to help in a number of different ways, from sending emails to your neighbors to setting up your own neighborhood recycling project.

City Boards, Commissions and Committees

Fair Housing Hearing Board

Citizens serve on a number of boards, commissions and committees by appointment of the Raleigh City Council. Learn more about this opportunity.

Greenway Volunteer Program


The Raleigh Police Department in partnership with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department coordinates a Greenway Volunteer Program for the safety, security, and protection of greenway users, park resources, and the surrounding natural areas.

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