30+ volunteer opportunities in Raleigh, NC

This list of volunteer opportunities in Raleigh includes everything from becoming a park guide to fostering kittens.

A volunteer at the SPCA of Wake County surrounded by happy dogs.

Raleigh has a variety of organizations with volunteer opportunities.

Photo by SPCA of Wake County

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Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or maybe you’re just in the giving spirit. All we know is there are more than enough great causes in Raleigh to give your time to. Whether you’re an animal lover, an artsy type, a natural mentor, or a healthcare enthusiast — there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 30+ ways to get involved in the City of Oaks.

Natural-born teachers + mentors

Self-proclaimed bibliophiles

If you want to stay in your home

  • Make-A-Wish | Donate airline miles (and other gifts) to children participating in Eastern NC’s Make-A-Wish program.
  • The Salvation Army | Arrange for a contactless pick-up of donated items like clothes, furniture, and household goods.
  • SAFEChild | Get crafty and knit a newborn cap or make a no-sew double-sided fleece blanket for children fleeing from abuse + neglect.

If you’re an animal lover

  • PIPs Rescue | Support this rescue center that takes in dogs with special needs and urgent medical cases by fostering.
  • SPCA of Wake County | Sign up to help homeless animals feel loved by becoming a dog walker, assisting with grooming, and much more.
  • Wake County Animal Center | Nurture less fortunate pets with countless opportunities to help out around the shelter.
  • SAFE Haven for Cats | More of a feline friend? Donate your time by becoming part of the litter box team, fostering a kitten, or helping with events.

If you’re the outdoorsy type

  • Clean Jordan Lake | Get your hands dirty for a good cause and participate in shore sweeps for this community-driven organization.
  • Bee Downtown | As a corporate leader, sign your team up for the Bee Downtown Corporate Hive Program to learn what all the buzz is about with saving bees.
  • Preservation NC | Donate or volunteer to help save places in NC with significance. Volunteer opportunities include taking pictures + helping with special events.
  • Raleigh Cleanup | Help our city stay litter-free by signing up for a cleanup.

If you’re a social butterfly

  • Junior League of Raleigh | Find the volunteer opportunity that fits you through this organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism.
  • Activate Good | Get matched with a people-powered project in the community.
  • LGBT Center of Raleigh | Participate in outreach for Raleigh’s LGBTQ+ community or volunteer at special events.

The artsy types

  • Artspace | Share your time + talents by assisting with event support and classes at this nonprofit visual arts center.
  • NCMA | Instill the love + appreciation of art in others by becoming a park guide or by leading workshops at this art museum with 168 acres of park and open spaces.
  • Artsplosure | Support art and culture by assisting with pre-festival or event day prep at events like Artsplosure + WRAL First Night.

If you want to help your neighbors in need

  • Note in the Pocket | Volunteer as a group or individual to sort and fold clothes at this nonprofit providing quality clothing to homeless and impoverished children + families.
  • Oak City Cares | Provide food for upcoming holiday dinners or become a weekend host for neighbors experiencing homelessness.
  • Green Chair Project | Transform the living spaces of those in need by dropping off or scheduling a furniture pick up.

If you live and breathe Raleigh

  • Habitat for Humanity | Help build homes for the community or volunteer at one of the ReStore locations.
  • Dix Park Conservancy | Lend a hand at community events or participate in stewardship opportunities at one of Raleigh’s largest parks.
  • Adopt-a-Highway | Help keep our roads clean by picking up litter through Keep NC Beautiful.
  • Family Promise | Help families experiencing temporary homelessness achieve safe, affordable housing by assisting with maintenance projects and proving emergency shelter as a host.

If you’re a mental health advocate

Don’t see anything that fits your interests? Check out VolunteerMatch — a resource that helps you find local volunteer opportunities suited to your preferences.

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