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One day a week, a month or even just one day this year, you can make a difference for our community!

Are you looking to get involved in your community? Do you want to make a difference? Then volunteering sounds like a great fit for you, and we have a number of opportunities available to meet your talents.

Whether you want to get involved in a library, serve on a Wake County board or commission, or just want to help out people in need, find opportunities by topic areas below.

Animal Adoption Center

Volunteers fill a variety of essential roles at the Wake County Animal Center. From dog walkers and cat cuddlers enriching the lives of animals in the shelter, to photographers capturing their personalities for the adoption gallery, our volunteers help thousands of animals each year find loving homes. Our volunteer fosters do everything from opening their hearts and homes to animals, to bottle feeding kittens in the center who are too young to care for themselves. Would you like to help the homeless animals in our community?

Board of Elections

You can do more than vote in Wake County! Help our citizens exercise their right to vote by conducting a voter registration drive or becoming a precinct official.

Fire Services

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter?
When most people have an emergency, they think of the fire department. The need to serve and respond at a moment’s notice is the sacrifice that we are asking you to make. As a volunteer firefighter, or emergency worker in support of the local fire department, we are asking you to consider this opportunity to serve. We need people with a strong desire to help others and give back to their communities. The link above provides you a list of local fire departments and their contact information where you may get more information about this important volunteering opportunity.

Human Services/Community Service Volunteer Opportunities
(includes a link to a Volunteer Directory)

Wake County Human Services relies on community volunteers to help fulfill its mission and also to provide great customer service. No matter your interests, we have opportunities for you! Volunteer doctors, dentists, nutritionists and pharmacists work to ensure the well-being of our neighbors. Foster parents nurture and guide children as they wait to find their forever homes. Educators and business experts teach life skills workshops and mentor those seeking to increase their earning potential. Volunteer customer service agents greet customers and provide them with direction and service information.


Wake County Public Libraries is actively looking for volunteers for its annual WCPL Book Sale. Look for details and sign up here!

Join Wake County Public Libraries as a Library Ambassador and contribute your time and talent by supporting the library’s mission to promote the love of reading and foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County. Ambassadors provide support for library operations at one of our 22 library locations. Learn more here.

If you'
re a teen interested in the Teen Leadership Corps program, please download an application here.

Wake County Parks

Volunteers support Wake County Parks in a variety of ways, from helping with nature programs and assisting with special events, to maintaining and constructing trails and keeping our parks clean. We would be unable to provide the many programs, events and other park services we offer each year without our park volunteers! Volunteer at the parks below:



Citizen Advisory Boards and Commissions

The Board of Commissioners relies on volunteers to meet a crucial need for Wake County. Our many volunteers serve as our eyes and ears in the community, and we value the advice they bring back to us through their service on our volunteer boards and commissions. 

Wake County 4-H Youth Development

Volunteers play a vital role in the ongoing growth and development of those in the 4-H Youth Development program. Our volunteers are involved in direct service with youth as they teach, guide and learn with them.

Wake County Soil & Water Conservation District

Volunteers are key to helping the Wake County's Soil and Water Conservation District assist landowners and producers with managing their lands. In-office volunteers help with clerical, technical and educational tasks. Volunteers can also attend board meetings and participate in locally led conservation committees. In the field, volunteers of all ages can sign up to help clean Wake County waterways twice a year during the spring and fall Big Sweep.

Wake County Departments & Agencies: