Information about volunteer opportunities in Central NC during the 2018-19 partial federal government shutdown

News Stories

Thank you to everyone who is supporting the community by volunteering throughout this partial government shutdown, including those working in schools, houses of worship, and many other organizations.  The media has found out about our group efforts and below are a few stories describing this volunteering.









From an EPA retiree in Virginia

Hey,everyone. Thought you might like to see the note below, received in a comment on the website.

Dear EPA Employees in NC,

I am so impressed at your efforts to constructively use your unplanned time off to advance the work of several volunteer organizations. This is such a great way to find a silver lining in the shutdown. It really makes me proud to be associated with EPA that you are doing this! I retired from EPA in 2003 after 28 years with the Agency and 35 years of Federal service …

Thank you for your important work protecting the environment and for your generosity in helping community organizations during the shutdown. I hope you will soon be back at your “normal” work!

Bob W. in Virginia

Keeping Durham Beautiful: Thank you Goose Creek Clean Up Volunteers

Orange County Habitat Volunteer Build – Wednesday, January 16.

Orange County Habitat is looking forward to having a group of furloughed feds tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan 16th from 1:00PM-4:30PM at Crescent Magnolia in Hillsborough. They can accommodate up to 10 volunteers. There is one slot remaining.

Please register ahead of time at: http://vhub.at/communityvolunteers 

As a logistical note, the GPS address given is for the Little School which is next to the jobsite. Not all map apps recognize the jobsite address, so just be sure to punch the GPS address into their navigation system and then go to the jobsite next to the Little School, rather than the Little School Parking Lot.

Thank You Ronald McDonald House Volunteers!!

Seventeen volunteers straightened, vacuumed and cleaned a play room, teen room and family room at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill on Monday.

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NOTE TIME CORRECTION. Thursday, January 17 Opportunity — Help Provide Fresh Produce: the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Geer Street Learning Garden

Updated! Help clean up the Geer Street Learning Garden and prepare it for spring planting.  Produce from this “demonstration garden” goes to community members who need it and who are enrolled at the nonprofit Sunrise Recovery Resource Center. Twelve volunteers needed; two slots still open!

  • What: Garden cleanup and preparation
  • When: Thursday, January 17, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Geer Street Learning Garden, 110 East Geer Street Durham. Street parking available nearby (Roxboro Street), or you can part  in the grass across the street from Reinvestment Partners (right next to the Bull City Cool building).
  • Ages: Volunteers must be at least 11 years old
  • What to wear: Closed-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Gloves and gardening equipment will be provided, but you can also bring your own gloves.

Sign up by submitting a comment below, or emailing Donna Schwede. She’ll send you a waiver form to fill out and bring with you.


  • What: Long Meadow Park clean up with Keep Durham Beautiful
  • When: Tuesday, January 15 from 10am-12pm
  • Where: 917 Liberty Street, Durham 27701 Note: There is a section of Alston Avenue that is closed for construction so volunteers should be aware there might be a detour of a couple blocks.

On Tuesday, if we are still furloughed, join us for a litter cleanup at Long Meadow Park, which is in East Durham adjacent to Eastway Elementary School.

Volunteers should dress in layers for the weather and bring a water bottle. Please wear closed toed sturdy shoes (maybe even boots) that can get a little muddy – there is a shallow creek and we’ll be collecting litter from both sides of the Goose Creek in the park. Goose Creek is a tributary to Ellerbe Creek in the Ellerbe Creek watershed, and flows into Falls Lake providing drinking water for Raleigh. Keep Durham Beautiful will provide bags, gloves, vests and litter grabbers, and an intro to the project.

Thank You Volunteers! Marbles Kids Museum

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Friday, January 18 Opportunity — AnimalKind Thrift Store in Raleigh

  • What: Help with daily operations at the ReTails Thrift Shop in Raleigh.
    • ReTails is owned and operated by AnimalKind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in North Carolina shelters. Tasks may include: sorting and preparing donations for selling, restocking merchandise, keeping the shop clean, and/or assisting customers.
  • When: Friday, January 18 – 10 a.m to noon. 
  • Where: ReTails Thrift Shop 2821 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616

Volunteers needed! Sign up by submitting a comment below.
Thanks for everything you all have been doing for our communities while we are furloughed!

Updated! Volunteering Friday, January 11 – Marbles Kids Museum

Here are the details about volunteering Friday, January 11, at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Marbles is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on sparking imagination, discovery and learning through play. Volunteers will help restock props and activities, and refresh some of the most popular exhibit pieces.

More about Marbles: https://bit.ly/2QtCHg9

Here’s the logistical info:

  • When you arrive: Check in at the front desk and ask for Haley.
  • What to wear: Dress comfortably. Jeans, pants and shorts are OK, but no leggings please. Closed-toe shoes required. Marbles also asks that we not wear shirts with sayings or graphic pictures.
  • Where to parking: Marbles is in downtown Raleigh, and finding free parking during the week can be a challenge. You can sometimes find free street parking on Bloodworth, East and Hargett streets, and between Person and Bloodworth streets. There are also parking spots and decks closer to the museum (average $1-$2/hour). Please note the parking lot behind Marbles does not belong to the museum, and it does charge.

If you are planning to volunteer at Marbles, and you haven’t already let us know, please send us a note through the comment function so we can provide a head count. Note: your comments are not posted to the website.