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Raleigh Parks Volunteer Program

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Make a difference in your community by volunteering with Raleigh Parks! Assist with landscaping, coaching, special events, the Adopt-A-Trail program, and other opportunities. There are many ways for individuals, groups, students, and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities.

Upcoming Events

These single-time events help fulfill a program, maintenance, or special event need. By signing up, you are directly supporting Raleigh Parks in building a better community. Pre-registration through CERVIS at the links below is required for all volunteers. Click on the event names listed below to learn more and to register. 

If you have a group that needs assistance choosing a project or would like to reserve slots for an event that does not have a waitlist, please contact Volunteer Services. All staffed projects are first come first serve, based on staff's availability and needs while unstaffed litter cleanups at City of Raleigh parks and greenways can be scheduled at any time. 

Greater Commitment Opportunities

Making a yearlong commitment with parks gives you a greater opportunity to make an impact on your community. All of the following opportunities require an application and background check. Individuals/group contacts must be at least 18 years old to apply. 





Adopt a Park

Interested individuals and groups can participate in park litter cleanups and support the Raleigh Parks System. Season-long. Contact Olinda Oliveira at

  • Sign Agreement
  • Meet at adopted park with staff
  • Submit hours to Volunteer Services

One year minimum with optional renewal. At least 6 cleanups a year.

Adopt a Trail

Interested individuals and groups can participate in trail litter cleanups and support the Capital Area Greenway System.

  • Sign Agreement
  • Submit your hours to Volunteer Services

One year minimum with optional renewal. At least 6 cleanups a year.

Garden Programs

Interested individuals can help parks staff in maintenance and horticultural needs within a park.

  • Sign Agreement
  • Submit your hours to Volunteer Services

One year minimum with optional renewal. Meet weekly or biweekly depending on program.

Mordecai Docents

Docents will be responsible for giving one-hour park tours that include the historic Mordecai house, outbuildings, and landscape.

  • On-site training with staff
  • Coordinate schedule with staff

Weekly: each Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Athletic Volunteers 

Interested individuals can help make a difference by mentoring and coaching for youth organized sports leagues.

  • Complete Application

Season long commitment with weekly practices and games.

Other Ways to Get Involved



Fred Fletcher Awards 

Learn about the Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards, view award categories, find past recipients, and nominate an outstanding volunteer! 


Learn ways you can donate to the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources including the donor bench program and the general park enhancement fund. 

Scout Awards 

Raleigh Parks Volunteer Services offers scouting projects for earning Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards, Eagle Scout Awards, Adventure Scout Awards, Quartermaster Awards, and more. Learn how to partner with the City of Raleigh to receive your scouting award. 

Invasive Species 

Learn about identifying invasive vegetation, their negative impact on the environment, and how to effectively remove them.

Cultural Outreach and Enrichment

Learn about the Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program. Volunteering with COE may include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at a community center or virtually. 

Historic Resources  

Learn how you can support local museums and historic sites by volunteering. 

Court Appointed and Suggested Service

This 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 this program and is based on staff need. Days and times open for volunteering are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Volunteers assigned more than 24 hours of service are unable to volunteer for this opportunity. Please contact with inquiries. 

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