Sustainability Service Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to advance sustainability at NC State University and in the community. The following opportunities are sustainability-related volunteer options available for those looking to serve on campus and/or in the Raleigh area.

For a full list of volunteer opportunities, please visit the Student Leadership and Engagement Service Site. NC State students can also magnify their service impact by joining a student organization at Get Involved.

On Campus

Campus Beautification and Waste Diversion
Food security
  • Connect with The SOL Garden (“Students for Organic Living”), a student-led garden located at Parents Park near Lee Residence Hall.
  • Connect with the Learning Gardens at Rocky Branch Trails, an edible garden embedded into the landscape behind Carmichael tennis and basketball courts.
  • Sign up for a Farm Volunteer Day at the NC State Agroecology Education Farm.
  • Join the community of volunteers at JC Raulston Arboretum, which provides opportunities in the garden and more.
Water Quality and Management
  • Contact the Turtle Rescue Team to foster a recovering turtle before it’s released back into the wild.

In the Raleigh Area

City beautification and waste diversion
City of Raleigh Opportunities
  • Volunteer Raleigh connects people to volunteer opportunities within city departments, city-funded agencies and organizations. Areas of focus include community, crisis support, economic opportunity, education and youth, food security, health services, homelessness and housing and seniors.
  • Downtown Raleigh provides multiple opportunities to serve in the heart of Raleigh.
Equity and Wellness
  • The YMCA of the Triangle offers opportunities to positively impact the lives of youth in our community as mentors, tutors and youth sports coaches.
  • The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle* offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, including gardening, food recovery and education.
  • Connect with Raleigh City Farm* to support the planting, mulching, harvesting and distribution of produce grown to the community.

*Opportunities other than gardening are available.

  • North Carolina Natural Science Museum volunteers help with special events like Bugfest, as well as educating children on natural history topics and aiding research efforts. The ideal volunteer can commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for at least one year.
  • The North Carolina Museum of Art offers opportunities to maintain trails, control invasive species, and much more.  Special backgrounds (e.g. horticulture) are appreciated for certain projects.
  • Service Raleigh is an annual event that organizes many different service opportunities on campus and in the Raleigh area each April.
  • VolunteerMatch and Activate Good provide multiple opportunities for individuals and groups, both in-person and online.

If you would like a nonprofit added to the above list, please contact us.