Urgent Volunteer Opportunities

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Governor Cooper has declared April 17-23, 2022, National Volunteer Week in North Carolina. We encourage you to find opportunities to serve your community.

National Volunteer Week April 17-23

Date Organization Location Info on Event/Opportunity Contact/Sign up
4/17/2022 Duke Campus Farm Durham, NC Duke Campus Farm is hosting a community workday 1 - 4pm. Sign up here.
4/17/2022 Serenity Garden Durham, NC Volunteering at Serenity is a great way to connect to nature, while supporting community efforts to promote equitable environmental education and food security.  Click here for more
4/19/2022 Diaper Bank of NC Durham, NC Volunteers will count and wrap diapers/pull-ups and prepare them for distribution to families in need. Click here for more
4/21/2022 Volunteer Training for Abilities Tennis Asheville, NC Training to equip you to work on the court with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Find more info here
4/19, 4/20, 4/21 CORRAL Riding Academy Cary, NC We would love some volunteers to come and help us by working on our farm! Keeping up with the maintenance of our farm is hard work, but is so important. We are so appreciative of volunteers who aren't afraid to roll their sleeves up and "get their hands dirty". This kind of work may look like  mucking, raking, pulling weeds, minor building projects and/or creating signs for an upcoming fundraiser event. We can't be sure of the specific tasks we will need assistance with right now, but will get a better picture of what they might be as this volunteer opportunity gets closer Find more info here
4/18-4/22 Child Evangelism Fellowship Guilford County Help in the office with assembling training materials, preparing a mass mailing, and other general office duties.  www.cefgga.org
4/23/2022 Bearthday Annual Fundraiser Raleigh, NC Gather on the Farm to celebrate our birthday and honor Earth Day. Sign up Here
4/23/2022 Piedmont Earth Day Fair Winston Salem, NC Volunteers will have fun setting up exhibits, selling popcorn, handing out programs, helping clean up and everything in-between. Shifts last a couple of hours and all volunteers get a cool T-shirt to keep! sign up here to volunteer.
4/23/2022 South End Rail Trail Cleanup Charlotte, NC Clean up supplies will be provided by Keep Charlotte Beautiful and the Rail Trail Clean Up will occur from 10am - 12pm Sign up here
4/23/2022 TLC (Formerly Tammy Lynn Center) Raleigh, NC Each year we invite our community partners and families to join us on our main campus for TLC Cares Day. This year, we'll come together on Saturday, April 23rd to tackle all sorts of campus clean-up type projects, spreading mulch, planting flowers, power-washing sidewalks, painting, etc. We kick things off at 9am and wrap up the day at noon with a cookout. Email hmiller@nctlc.org for more info
Various Durham Hub Farm Durham, NC Durham Hub Farm has multiple opportunities for volunteers. Find more info here
Various Family Store Organizing Restocking Blitz Salvation Army  Raleigh, NC We are in need of your assistance to get each of our sections organized and restocked (filled) on the sales floor for our customers. Click here for more
Various Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec Charlotte, NC Find various opportunities to volunteer with Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec. Find more info here
Various United Way of the Greater Triangle Various Volunteer Week opportunities in the Triangle! https://unitedwaytriangle.org/national-volunteer-week-challenge/
Various Canines for Service Wilmington, NC Canines for Service is a nonprofit in Wilmington, NC that provides Veterans highly trained service dogs at no cost. We are excited to celebrate National Volunteer Week and invite groups to come to our facility for a variety of projects. From kennel cleaning & enrichment to detailing our transport vans and general yard work/maintenance -CFS has a many opportunities to volunteer. And of course, walking our service dogs in training! For more info email: khanson@caninesforservice.org
Various The Salvation Army Goldsboro, NC We need volunteers to help accept, sort, and process donations in the Family Store. This is an ongoing project. Donations are processed and sold in the store, proceeds go back into the programs and social services of The Salvation Army. Click here for more
Various BackPack Beginnings Greensboro, NC We are always looking for volunteers to help in our warehouse with whatever needs to be done that week-- sorting food, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, diapers and more OR packing bags of food, etc.  Find more info here
Various MANNA FoodBank Asheville, NC Volunteer projects change daily in the warehouse based on priority and need. Projects could include, but are not limited to: sorting and packing food donations, packing housewares and hygiene products, culling and bagging produce, or assembling MANNA Packs.  Sign up here
Various Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption Sanford, NC We need people to walk dogs and interact with cats, do various projects around the shelter such as cleaning up debris, minor repairs, etc. Visit the website for more info
Various Rowan Helping Ministries Salisbury, NC We have several positions available to serve lunch in Jeannie’s Kitchen, pack grocery bags, and  serve clients through the food pantry. I have included the link below for those interested to use if they are interested in volunteering. Sign up here



Seven regional Food Banks provide food to pantries all over the state. With the onset of the pandemic, the need for food for the hungry is greater than ever - 1 in 5 adults, 1 in 4 children are food insecure. Join us in Feeding the Carolinas! 

Prepare, Pack & Deliver Food



Anson County

Anson Crisis Ministry

Chatham County

Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA)

Craven County

RCS New Bern

Durham County

Feeding Durham Together

Edgecombe County


Forsyth County

Forsyth HandsOn

Guilford County

The Volunteer Center

Jones County

The Filling Station

Mecklenburg County

Loaves and Fishes

Learning Health Centers

Bags of Hope Lake Norman

Nash County 

Touch of the Father's Love

Orange County

Various Food Packing and Delivery Opportunities

Rowan County

Jeannie's Kitchen - Prepare & Serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Please contact Cheryl Linder, Kitchen Manager 704-637-6838, ext. 108, if you can help.

Wake County

Wake County Food Security and Access Volunteer Form

PAVE deliver backpack buddies

Senior food and medicine delivery

Urban Ministry packing food (13 yo with adult)

Yancey County

Feed a Child Yancey


Meals on Wheels

County More Information
Chatham County  Meals on Wheels
Cherokee County Deliver meals in Andrews. The route takes about an hour to complete.  Contact 828-837-2467 with questions. 
Cumberland County  Meals on Wheels & other services
Currituck County Helping Hands delivering meals

Durham County

Meals on Wheels

Edgecombe/ Nash County

Meals on Wheels
Lee County  Meals on Wheels
Northampton County  Home Delivered Meals
Orange County  Meals on Wheels
Polk County Meals on Wheels immediate need
Richmond County Meals on Wheels 5-7 volunteers needed
Rockingham County Meals on Wheels
Rowan County Meals on Wheels
Stanly County Contact DSS to volunteer
Stokes County Immediate need in Walnut Cove and Danbury
Transylvania County Contact Pam McCall  828-862-4466 or 828-553-7469
Tyrrell County Meals on Wheels

Union County

Meals on Wheels
Wake County  Meals on Wheels - urgently needed
Washington County Meals on Wheels
Wayne County Meals on Wheels
Wilson County Meals on Wheels
Yancey County contact Teresa or Jackie at 828-682-6011

NC Education Corps - mentors and tutors apply now

Moore County Literacy Council -Volunteer at outdoor reading stations. Email Heather heather@mcliteracy.org for more information.

Virtual volunteer for Chapel Hill Carrboro Schools. 

Volunteer for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. 

Volunteer for Orange County Schools. 

Shelter and Reception Centers

Hurricane Shelters will need reception centers and shelter workers in greater numbers. Sign up to receive online training information.

To hear about pressing volunteer opportunities, sign up above.

Recovery Is Ongoing

Hurricane and Flood recovery is ongoing and VOAD organizations need volunteers from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Sign up directly with the organizations.

Get Trained Before the Next Disaster


Depending upon the disaster and individual abilities, volunteers could be preventing further damage to homes, running a volunteer center, supporting mass care, managing crisis calls etc. All willing residents, especially veterans and AmeriCorps alums, are encouraged to register and get trained before a natural disaster strikes. Register for updates about future trainings using this form.

Background checks may be required prior to deployment as required by the ReserveCorps partnering organizations.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization the professional responders can rely on during disaster situations. CERT volunteers can also help with non-emergency projects that help make their communities safer and more resilient. CERT programs welcome individuals of all abilities. CERT Training takes a total of approximately 20-30 hours.

For more information, and to see a complete list of current CERT programs in NC, please visit: ReadyNC.org.

Attorney & Paralegal Training

Watch the recorded continuing legal education presentations at the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center’s Disaster Legal Services Bootcamp for attorneys and paralegals wanting to help following a natural disaster.

Remote Volunteer Opportunities

Location Opportunity
Statewide Attorney volunteers needed with Legal Aid of North Carolina

Write notes of encouragement to participants of substance abuse programs; letters can be sent via email or mailed to:

Healing Transitions
Attention: Staff Support
1251 Goode St.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Statewide Healthcare navigator for insurance help

MasksNOW - needs donations of quilting cotton and t-shirt fabric to make mask kits for sewists, as well as other volunteer needs.

Various Locations

Sew face masks for various organizations:

Chatham County

Chatham opportunities from anywhere


Share Charlotte opportunities from anywhere

Forsyth County Hands On Northwest covid opportunities

Online tutoring

Guilford County Wellness check calls to older adults in Guilford County
Haywood, Jackson counties Wellness check calls in Haywood and Jackson counties; call 828-356-2833
Hickory Write cards to nursing homes
Wake County Kindness calls to seniors in Wake County

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N.C. Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service

Governor Roy Cooper helps two young boys working with computers

Created in 1994, the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service promotes service and volunteering to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement in North Carolina. The Commission oversees the state AmeriCorps programs, disaster volunteers and donations, the Governor's Page Program, the Governor's Volunteer Awards and promotes volunteer initiatives. The Commission staff is supported by a board of Commissioners. Learn about our 2022-2024 State Service Plan and check out our 2021 Annual Report.


VolunteerNC Staff

North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service

North Carolina Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

(919) 814-2000