Volunteer Opportunities

Water MonitoringAre you interested in serving your community, but you’re not sure where to start? Are you currently involved in service, but are interested in knowing about other ways you can help?

If any of these things ring true, Volunteer Wake Forest can help! Volunteer Wake Forest connects people to volunteer opportunities within Town departments, Town-funded agencies and organizations that provide services to enhance the quality of life for our neighborhoods and communities.

Our goal is to engage all members of the community as partners to help meet the need for volunteers in Wake Forest.

The Town of Wake Forest offers the following volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, businesses, civic and community groups.
 

Environmental Stewardship

  • Adopt-A-Stream
    Adopt-A-Stream volunteers are environmental stewards who play a vital role in keeping Wake Forest’s streams healthy. Volunteers organize stream clean ups and repair their adopted stream, conduct water quality monitoring, lead stream walks to look for signs of pollution, and perform storm drain labeling. For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at 919-435-9443.

  • Adopt-A-Trail
    Adopt-A-Trail volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the beautification and visual enhancement of our greenway trails. The initiative provides volunteer community service opportunities for groups, individuals and businesses which are are encouraged to adopt a specific length or neighborhood of trails, keeping them clear of weeds and debris for one year. Volunteers are also invited to initiate and participate in a number of enhancement projects designed to improve the aesthetics or functionality of the Town's greenways. For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510.
     
  • Street Tree Maintenance
    Correct excessive mulch placed on street trees; Report dead trees, trees with cavities and decay or other issues; Assist with data collection for tree inventory; Report/remove strangling ties and stakes; Plant trees; Report downed trees during storms; Take pictures for use in town publications. For more information, contact 919-435-9570.
     
  • Tree Nursery
    Build tables, sheds, racks, wagons, and other items; Wash and stack pots; Organize seeds; Mix planting media; Fill pots with planting media; Plant seeds/seedlings; Propagate clones from cuttings; Label pots/seedlings; Water trees; Remove weeds; Prune trees; Help move trees within the Tree Nursery; Prepare trees for winter; Plant and care for wetland plants (to be added later); Help coordinate other volunteers; Perform minor repairs. For more information, contact 919-435-9570.
     
  • Education/Special Events
    Assist with research/develop handouts for different programs/activities; Lead educational tours; Provide information at local events; Fundraising; Help fold t-shirts / prepare for Arbor Day; Help with seedling giveaway; Take photos at events for future publications; Assist with the memorial tree program; Identify opportunities for murals w/natural scenes. For more information, contact 919-435-9570.
     
  • Tree Stewards
    The Town of Wake Forest is seeking volunteers with a passion for trees, a desire to learn and an interest in helping to become certified Tree Stewards in our community. The town's Tree Steward Program provides a unique opportunity for citizens to learn about trees and the care of trees through a comprehensive introductory class followed by optional trainings on special topics throughout the year. Trained and certified tree care professionals will teach how trees grow, how to identify trees, proper planting techniques, pruning basics, and how to diagnose common tree problems. For more information, contact 919-435-9570.


Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

  • Park Volunteers
    The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is always looking for individuals, families, students, businesses and organizations who are willing to contribute their time, talents and resources to the town’s parks. Volunteers can enhance the town’s parks through gardening, landscaping, removing invasive plants, litter pick-up, tree plantings, painting, and rehabbing playgrounds. For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184. 
     
  • Dream League Baseball “Buddy Program” 
    Volunteers are needed to work with players in our Dream League - an adaptive baseball program for special-needs participants. Dream League Baseball “Buddies assist with game management, game play, setup and breakdown of the tents that are used to shade participants, and other areas as needed. Registration for Dream League Buddy program is held in conjunction with the registration for spring baseball and softball (throughout the month of February each year). Dream League games are held on Saturdays at Tyler Run Park, mid-April through June. For more information, contact Specialized Recreation Coordinator Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-9073.
     
  • Youth League Coaches
    Volunteers are sought seasonally to serve as  coaches in youth athletic leagues offered throughout the year, including baseball, softball, and volleyball. For more information, contact Athletic Coordinator Edward Austin at 919-435-9562.


Downtown Events 

  • Friday Night on White
    Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during Friday Night on White but must be at least 18 years old.
     
  • Wake Forest Home & Garden Show 
    Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during the Wake Forest Home & Garden Show.
     
  • Downtown Wake Forest is the place to be for several fun and exciting events throughout the year, including Meet in the Street, the Lighting of Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Christmas Parade and more! Volunteers are critical to the success of these events and are needed to fill a variety of roles. For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at 919-435-9415.


Advisory Boards
The Town of Wake Forest relies heavily on community-minded citizens to get involved with their local government and serve on the town's Advisory Boards. Use your talents and take an active interest in your community on one of the town’s 11 advisory boards. Selected applicants serve three year terms, except where unexpired terms are being filled, and advise the Board of Commissioners on their board's cause. Applications are available at online. For more information, contact Town Clerk Deeda Harris at 919-435-9413.


Guest Services Volunteers
The Town of Wake Forest regularly seeks Guest Services Volunteers to work three-hour shifts at the guest services desk at town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Volunteers are needed on a regular basis or as a substitute to work the following shifts Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Duties include welcoming and greeting visitors to town hall; directing visitors to appropriate offices at town hall; and answering general questions in person and on the telephone regarding town services. For more information, contact Guest Services Volunteer Coordinator Heather Mitchell at 919-435-9479.


Food Security 
The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) coordinates a variety of volunteer opportunities, including harvesting and gleaning, community gardens and more. For more information, contact Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919-435-9466.