Urgent Volunteer Opportunities

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We encourage you to find opportunities to serve your community in memory of 9/11.

Day County Organization Event POC Location Website
9/9/2022 New Hanover and Brunswick Counties JustServe Please sign up as a volunteer to donate a hot meal or any denomination grocery gift card, treats, and/or cards and letters of appreciation and drop them off at your local police department, fire station, or EMS during the week of 9/11. This service is to be done preferably September 9-11.  Shellie Shingleton
Multiple locations
Wilmington, NC 27528
9/9/2022 Rowan Carry the Load National Cemetery Day of Service- Volunteer at the National Cemetery to beautify the grounds of our fallen heroes. Please arrive at your location at 9:45 a.m. local time on Friday, September 9. Please bring a brush, 5 gallon bucket, and gloves if needed. Dress is casual and respectful. No open toed shoes, tank tops, etc. We will be outside so be mindful of the weather. No pets please. Only approved service animals and military working dogs are permitted. contact@carrytheload.org 501 Statesville Boulevard
Salisbury, NC 28144
9/9/2022 Pender/ Onslow/ Duplin Just Serve Just Serve wants to show local first responders how much they are appreciated for the service they provide in the community as a tribute and in honor of those who selflessly served and died on 9/11. Please sign up as a volunteer to donate a hot meal or any denomination grocery gift card, treats, and/or cards and letters of appreciation to your local police department, fire station, or EMS during the week of 9/11.   Multiple locations
Burgaw, NC 28425
9/10/2022 Lee Operation Gratitude Volunteer to express gratitude and support for First Responders by writing letters, drawing pictures, and making cards. Completed thank you cards and letters will be distributed locally and through our JustServe partner, Operation Gratitude.   Multiple locations                           Sanford, NC https://www.justserve.org/projects/ef8dc2d8-3d60-44ed-8139-85304b3b24ee
9/10/2022 Wake  Just Serve Did you know that firefighters have to buy their own groceries and prepare their own meals while staying at the fire stations. Drop off $5 grocery store gift cards Desiree Amyradakis
Multiple locations in Fuquay- Varina  JustServe: Projects
9/10/2022 Wake  Just Serve Did you know that firefighters have to buy their own groceries and prepare their own meals while staying at the fire stations. Drop off $5 grocery store gift cards Maria Campos
Multiple locations in Holly Springs, NC JustServe: Projects
9/10/2022 Wake  Just Serve Did you know that firefighters have to buy their own groceries and prepare their own meals while staying at the fire stations. Drop off $5 grocery store gift cards Malinda Cavallo
Multiple locations in Apex, NC JustServe: Projects
9/10/2022 Wake Just Serve Did you know that firefighters have to buy their own groceries and prepare their own meals while staying at the fire stations. Drop off $5 grocery store gift cards Malinda Cavallo
Multiple locations in Morrisville, NC JustServe: Projects
9/11/2022 New Hanover/Onslow/ Supporting Veterans and their families-Sept 9-11 The 9th Annual Global Soldier Festival-Eastern NC Edition, Sept 9-11, 2022, is a three-day weekend event that seeks to educate, entertain, and empower veterans and their families. This event will encompass a Gala, Expo, and Concert. We need your support. This event will take place in both Jacksonville (Camp Lejeune/Camp Johnson) and Wilmington North Carolina. shbvolunteer@gmail.com Jacksonville (Camp Lejeune/Camp Johnson) and Wilmington  https://allevents.in/camp%20lejeune/volunteer-opportunity-supporting-veterans-and-their-families-sept-9-11/10000318995834127
9/11/2022 All Note in the Pocket Ask friends, family, neighbors, and others to donate high-quality school clothing and shoes to benefit homeless and impoverished children in our community!  Deliver the clothing to us during the 9/11 Weekend of Service.  info@noteinthepocket.org 4730 Hargrove Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
9/11/2022 Wake September 11 Day of Service Holly Springs Parks and Recreations will come together as a community to remember September 11, 2001 by performing acts of service. Rachel Porter at rachel.porter@hollyspringsnc.gov                                                    919-567-4711 Veterans Park
600 Bikram Drive
Holly Springs, NC 27540
9/11/2022 Mecklenburg Fire Fighter Steven Coakley Foundation This volunteer opportunity will take place September 11, during the memorial ceremony. The Fire Fighter Steven Coakley Foundation is looking for volunteers to help distribute flag pins and program brochures to attendees during the ceremony. The foundation is also looking for volunteers to walk around and manage the social awareness contact sheet for indviduals interested in future events and want to stay connected can leave their contact information.   300 South Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
9/11/2022 Pitt Wildwood Park Volunteer an hour or two of your time in honor of 9/11 Day. We’ll work together as a community to maintain and improve the trails at the park. Bring work gloves, a water bottle, and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. hbthompson@greenvillenc.gov. 3450 Blue Heron Drive, Greenville, NC 27858 https://www.visitgreenvillenc.com/event/national-day-of-service-and-remembrance/8419/
9/12/2022 Durham Downtown Durham YMCA First Responders Appreciation Opportunity  Kelly Johnson
218 W. Morgan St. Durham, NC 27701 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0949ada72aa2fb6-first
9/13/2022 Wake Activate Good 9/11 Weekend of Service will include over 50 volunteer opportunities around the Triangle region on Friday, 9/9, Saturday, 9/10, and Sunday, 9/11. More details at: https://activategood.org/daysofservice/911-service-and-remembrance/ Rose Thompson
9/13/2022 Mecklenburg Fire Fighter Steven Coakley Foundation 9/11 Flags of Remembrance Set Up 2022/9/11 Flags of Remembrance Breakdown - During this event, each volunteer will help place the 2,977 flags in the shape of the twin towers. Volunteers will also assist with the placing of memorial photo cards on each flag in remembrance. - Volunteers for breakdown will assist in removing flags and memorial photo cards as well as breaking down other remaining items from memorial. info@ffstevencoakley.org Romare Bearden Park           300 South Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
9/10-11/2022 Wake  911 Day of Service: Garner Firefighters Thank You Cards Just Serve wants to show their appreciation and support for the Garner Firefighters by creating Thank You cards and delivering the cards to the firefighters! Anyone can participate by making a lovely colorful card with a heartfelt message of thanks! Maria Campos
Garner, NC https://www.justserve.org/projects/099c7919-b252-419c-ba93-1ae391c5fd02
9/9-10/2022 Wake Just Serve Just Serve wants to show their appreciation and support for the Holly Springs Firefighters by creating Thank You cards and delivering the cards to them! This a perfect opportunity for kids and teens to be involved in thanking their local Firefighters.   Multiple locations
Garner, NC 27529
Various dates and times Wake Town of Cary Planting Organic Garden at Fire Stations Sarah Justice
multiple locations see website Single Program (mycary.org)
Virtual Mecklenburg Share Charlotte 9/11 Youth Day of Service - YOUTH! Be a civic leader and take action on 9/11 Day! Volunteer your time and talents - virtually - to serve Charlotte-Mecklenburg on September 11.  GenerationNation is partnering with Youth Service America, Corporation for National and Community Service and local organizations to mobilize the power of youth service to honor this moment in our nation’s history. Youth can help transform 9/11 remembrance into a day of unity, empathy, and service as an enduring and positive tribute to the individuals killed and injured, as well as the many who rose in service in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, by serving in their community. Amy Farrell
Virtual https://sharecharlotte.org/911-youth-day-service





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. 

Heart Math Tutoring is recruiting tutors to work one-on-one with students on their foundational math skills and confidence. Both in-person and virtual tutoring available.

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

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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.


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North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service

North Carolina Office of the Governor
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Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

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