Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Oct. 12, 2015 - 9:17 am
Volunteer Collage

Join Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department's Volunteer Program. You are invited to make a difference in your community by volunteering for a park project, athletic team, special event or Adopt-A-Park program. There are many opportunities for individuals, groups, students and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit our online Volunteer Registration which makes it easy to find the right opportunity for you! To register as a volunteer:

1. Create a Volunteer Profile
2. Select Areas of Interest
3. Register for Upcoming Events or Ongoing Projects
4. Receive confirmation email

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At this time, there are no volunteer opportunities for court appointed community service hours.

10,000+ Volunteers Make an Impact

Corporate Volunteers

Over the past year, thousands of individual and group volunteers contributed their time, talents, and resources to the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. We appreciate your involvement and commitment to our parks and programs. Check out the annual report to see the impact you made on the City of Raleigh!

Volunteer Services Program Annual Report

Upcoming Events

Pre-registration is required of ALL volunteers to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for park projects and special events.

EventDateTime Location
PumpkinfestFri. 10/165:30pm-9pmBarwell Road
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Sat. 10/245:30pm-10pmMillbrook
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Sat. 10/24
Sat. 11/21
Sat. 12/5
9am-12pmDurant Nature
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SpooktacularMon. 10/262pm-9pmGreen Road
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Fall CarnivalMon. 10/263pm-8pmJaycee
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Fall CarnivalMon. 10/266pm-8:30pmCarolina Pines
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Twick or TreatThur. 10/295pm-8pmLaurel Hills
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Fri. 10/304:30pm-8pmPeach Road
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Boo BashFri. 10/305:30pm-9pmLake Lynn
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Coats Cause
We Care
Fri. 11/13
Sat. 11/14
Sgt. Courtney
T Johnson
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VIP Cooking
Wed. 11/185:30pm-10pmJaycee
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Coaching and Ongoing Opportunities

A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all coaching and ongoing opportunities.

Interpretive Garden VolunteerDurant Nature PreserveRegister Now
Docent Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Garden Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Youth Basketball CoachVarious Community CentersRegister Now
Fletcher Park VolunteerFred Fletcher ParkRegister Now

Chargers Teen Volunteer Program

Teen Volunteers in Park

Chargers Teen Volunteer Program offers an opportunity for teens to make a positive impact in our City Parks. Monthly park clean ups will take place at selected parks once a month on a Saturday from 9am-11:30am.

To participate, you must be between the ages of 13-18 and need volunteer hours for school or service clubs. We do recommend that all volunteers sign up with a friend or group. All volunteers must register online and have permission from a parent/guardian to participate.

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Playground Volunteers

The Adopt-A-Playground program allows citizen volunteers and groups to help keep our playgrounds safe and clean. Volunteer responsibilities include: visually inspecting and wiping down equipment, picking up litter, and raking sand/woodchips. Volunteers are asked to complete an Adopt-A-Playground agreement and participate in volunteer activities once a month for a year.

To join the Adopt-A-Playground program, contact Ashley Deans or Cindy Trumbower.

List of Playgrounds


Greenway Trail

The Adopt-A-Trail program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses and groups to participate in trail cleanup and support the Capital Area Greenway System. The citizen volunteer agrees to maintain the greenway trail quarterly for at least one year. The citizen volunteer must sign an Adopt-A-Trail Agreement and submit quarterly reports to Parks staff.

Volunteers can adopt any available trail segment by viewing our interactive map. Trail segment adoptions are limited to one per citizen volunteer or volunteer group and are on a first come, first serve basis.

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Adopt A Park

Volunteers at John Chavis Memorial Park

The Adopt-A-Park Program is always looking for new volunteers and groups to enhance city parks.

The citizen volunteer or group agrees to maintain the designated park or open space quarterly for at least one year. The volunteer or group of volunteers is asked to sign an Adopt-A-Park agreement. This agreement is renewed on a yearly basis.

Adopt-A-Park List of Available and Adopted Parks

Group Volunteers

Group Volunteers at Lake Johnson Park

Businesses, schools, churches and organizations have the opportunity to contribute time, talent and resources to City Parks. To set up a volunteer event unique for your group, complete the group volunteer project interest form and return to Ashley Deans.

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