Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program
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
Volunteer Services Program Annual Report
Over the past year, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources has been able to engage the community through volunteerism. Volunteers enrich our community by serving as youth athletic league coaches, class instructors, program assistants, advisory board members, park and greenway advocates, special event assistants, and much more. With the help of our nearly 16,000 volunteers, the City of Raleigh was able to create new landscapes, build playgrounds, offer new classes, programs, and events, and make our City a great place to live and play!
Check out how our volunteers made an impact in the community by viewing the Fiscal Year 2018 Volunteer Services Program Annual Report.
For more information on how to serve as a volunteer, contact Ashley Deans, Resource Development Manager, at email@example.com or 919-996-4810.
Pre-registration is required of ALL volunteers to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for park projects and special events.
|N.C. Senior Games||now thru|
|Various times||Various locations||Register Now|
|9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.||Abbotts Creek|
|Big Sweep||Oct. 7|
|1 p.m. - 4 p.m.||Durant Nature |
|Trail Maintenance /|
|Oct 13||8:30am - 11:30am||Walnut Creek Wetland|
|Planting Annuals||Oct. 15||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Raleigh Rose Garden||Register Now|
|Oct. 17||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Nash Square||Register Now|
|Pumpkinfest||Oct. 19||5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.||Barwell Road |
|Invasive Plant Removal||Oct. 20||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Worthdale Park||Register Now|
|Invasive Plant Removal||Oct. 20||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||East Fork Creek Mine|
|Invasive Plant |
|Oct. 23||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Raleigh Rose Garden||Register Now|
|all workdays are |
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
exept for Nov. 3 is
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
|Dorothea Dix Park||Register Now|
|Twick or Tweat||Oct. 25||4:30 pm - 8:30 pm||Laurel Hills Park||Register Now|
|BooBash||Oct. 26||4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.||Millbrook Community|
|Haunted Halloween||Oct. 26||5 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Peach Road Park||Register Now|
|Invasive Plant Removal||Oct 27||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Lake Johnson||Register Now|
|Oct. 27||10:00 am - 1:00 pm|
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
|FallFest||Oct. 27||10 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Dorothea Dix Park||Register Now|
|Specialized Recreation Dance||Oct. 27||5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.||Millbrook Community Center||Register Now|
|Youth Football Can|
|8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Lions Park||Register Now|
|Sensory Friendly |
|Ongoing - one|
|1 p.m. - 3 p.m.||Sertoma Arts Center|
Laurel Hills Park
|all workdays are|
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
|Durant Nature |
|Joslin Garden Trail Maintenace Day||Nov. 8||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Joslin Garden||Register Now|
|November Swim Meet||Nov. 10||1:15 pm - 5 pm||Optimist Aquatic |
|December Swim Meet||Dec. 8||1:15 pm - 5 pm||Optimist Aquatic |
|Jan. 5||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Horseshoe Farm|
Park Ongoing Opportunities
A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all park ongoing opportunities.
|Garden and Trail Volunteer||Annie Wilkerson Nature|
|Sassafras All Children's Playground|
|Laurel Hills Park||Register Now|
|Cemetery Volunteer Program||O'Rorke-Catholic Cemetery|
Mt. Hope Cemetery
|Garden Volunteer||Anderson Point||Register Now|
|Docent Volunteer Program||Mordecai Historic Park||Register Now|
|Garden Volunteer Program||Mordecai Historic Park||Register Now|
|Fletcher Park Volunteer||Fred Fletcher Park||Register Now|
Calling all Teens! You're invited to attend the Empowering Wake Celebration at Dorothea Dix Park. This one-day special event is for all teens ages 13 to 18 who have made an impact in your local community.
Empowering Wake will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, Listed below is a schedule of events for this day of fun!
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Teen Takeover- participate in fun activities that include inflatables, silent disco, arts and crafts, and much more.
- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Live Performances- attend live performances, speakers, and participate in a suprise challege
In order to attend this event, you must register online by Saturday, Oct. 6.
1. Open the Empowering Wake participant registration link
2. Click the "Register as a volunteer" button
3. Create a volunteer profile
4. List the number of hours you have volunteered Jan. 1 through Oct. 6 in the comments box
5. Click Register as a volunteer
For more information, contact Grady Bussey or 919-831-6719.
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. For more information on coordinating a group volunteer project, please contact Mary Owens.
Community Service Volunteer Program
The Communicyt Service Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for individuals who need to complete requirements for court appointed volunteer hours and/or volunteer hours suggested by a lawyer or court official. Volunteers in this program can assist at the City of Raleigh Greenhouse. This is the only location and opportunity available for anyone who is interested in volunteering to complete requirements for court appointed or lawyer suggested hours.
To participate in this volunteer program, please complete the following:
- Review the Community Service Volunteer Program Information Packet
- Complete the Volunteer Application
- Obtain a letter from your lawyer or court official that includes your name, number of hours appointed/suggested, your offense, and the date volunteer hours are to be completed
- Send the volunteer application and letter to Ashley Deans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagle Scout Projects
In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers projects for Boy Scouts interested in achieving Eagle Scout rank. Projects are identified by staff in order to provide an opportunity that will make the biggest impact in our parks or greenway trails.
You must meet the following requirements to complete a project with our department:
- Boy Scout must be a Life Scout and actively involved in his troop;
- Be a Life Scout and actively involved in your troop;
- Be able to serve as the lead role and effectively communicate with Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources staff;
- Have a minimum of six months before your 18th birthday; and,
- Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies.
Girl Scout Projects
The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers projects for Girl Scouts interested in achieving their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. Projects are identified by staff in order to provide an opportunity that will make the biggest impact in our parks or greenway trails.
You must meet the following requirements to complete a project with our department:
- You must be a registered Girls Scout and activly involved in your troop
- Be able to serve as the lead role and effectively communicate with Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources staff
- Have a minimum of six months before your 18th birthday
- Must agree to dedicate a minimum of 6 months and follow the PRCR Girl Scout Award Project Checklist for the successful completion of her Girl Scout Award Project
- Meet all of the NC Coastal Pines requirements for Girl Scout Award Projects as listed in the “NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards Guidelines”
- Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies
- Must choose an approved project
Digital Inclusion Teacher Assistants
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers are needed to assist with the following tasks: event set-up/break-down, keeping attendance, helping students understand what they are learning in the classroom, moving classroom materials from one location to another, and taking photos at the event. If needed and if the volunteer desires may include: Training to become a lead volunteer teacher and curriculum creator.
Volunteers will need to fill out a volunteer application and pass a background check prior to starting in a classroom.
For More Information contact:
Parks Donation Programs
Parks Donation Programs offer opportunities for community citizens to partner with the City of Raleigh to donate resources for the enhancement of City of Raleigh Parkland. Individuals and groups are able to donate funds for benches, trees, and general parkland enhancement projects. All general parkland enhancement donations will be used to fund projects that fit within the parkland’s Master Plan and Maintenance Plan. For more information on each donation opportunity, please select the links below.
Questions about donating to City of Raleigh Parks and Greenway Trails? Please contact Ashley Deans, resource development manager, or visit the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Volunteer Webpage.
For additional donation opportunities with Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources, visit the Financial Assistance webpage.
Historical Resources and Museum Program
The Historic Resources and Museums Program heavily relies on volunteers to assist with maintaining our historic sites and promoting the history of the City of Raleigh. Individuals and groups contribute their time and talents to assist with research projects, new museum exhibits, special events, guided tours, maintaining gardens, and much more!
To become a volunteer and make an impact, visit the Historic Resources and Museums Program Volunteer Webpage.
Youth Athletic Coaches
You're invited to make a positive impact in a child's life! Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources utilizes individuals to serve as volunteer head coaches and assistant coaches for all youth athletic leagues. To volunteer, you must complete a coaching application and background form. Check out our upcoming leagues and register today to coach. For more information, visit the Athletics Program Webpage.
|Youth Baseball Coaches||Multiple||Register Now|
|Mitey Mite Girls (ages 9-10) |
|Little League Girls (ages 11-12)|
Laurel Hills Park
|Junior League Girls (ages 13-17)|
|Lake Lynn||Register Now|
The Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program Volunteer Opportunities
Make a Difference in the Community with the COE Program
The COE Program offers a variety of ways for people to volunteer. Opportunities are flexible, with options for one-time and ongoing volunteers. There are opportunities such as ESL Instructors as well as general volunteer opportunities such as special events.
For more information visit the COE Website or email: email@example.com
Invasive Species Program
The Invasive Species Program provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to assist with the management of invasive species in our City parks and greenway trails. Through the use of volunteers and staff, volunteer projects will be scheduled to help maintain the invasive species issue. Volunteers will assist with the manual removal of invasives and tracking of invasive species in our parks and greenways.Learn more about Invasive Species
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.List of Playgrounds
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.Find your trail now
Adopt A Park
The Adopt-A-Park program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses, and groups to participate in park maintenance projects and support the Raleigh Parks System.
The citizen volunteer or group agrees to participate in a volunteer project at 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.
Volunteers can adopt any available park by viewing our interactive map.Find your park now