Sustainability Service Opportunities

Service is one of the best ways to contribute toward the sustainability of your community. The following opportunities are sustainability-related volunteer options available to those in and around the NC State area. If you would like a nonprofit added to the list below, contact us.


On NC State’s Campus


Water Quality and Management
  • Turtle Rescue Team¬†¬†offers opportunities for turtle lovers to foster a recovering turtle before it‚Äôs released back into the wild.
  • The SOUL Garden (‚ÄúStudents for Organic, United Living‚ÄĚ) is a student-led garden that produces food for committed volunteers and the Inter-faith Food Shuttle.
  • NC State‚Äôs Agroecology Education Farm is an educational farm with regular volunteer hours.
  • JC Raulston Arboretum has gardening opportunities as well as volunteer opportunities for special events, fundraising, business and outreach.
Campus Beautification and Waste Diversion
  • Great STATE Clean Up¬†is a specific Service Raleigh project organized by the NC State Department of Waste Reduction and Recycling.¬†Expect to ride a bike to a campus location and pick up litter.
  • NC State‚Äôs Waste Reduction and Recycling Office offers numerous opportunities, including WE Recycle during home football game tailgates and Carter-Finley Composts during home football games.
Affordable Housing
  • NC State Habitat for Humanity¬†offers opportunities to aid in¬†construction, destruction or tutoring. Habitat also offers opportunities to volunteer at its ReStores, which can accommodate individual volunteers or groups of 8 – 12 volunteers for morning or afternoon shifts.
  • NC State Food Pantry¬†offers opportunities to assist with the management of an on-campus food pantry.
Earth Month at NC State
  • Earth Month (April) at NC State provides many opportunities for volunteers to help spread sustainability throughout campus.¬†Opportunities vary from year to year, depending on events.
  • Service Raleigh¬†is an annual event that organizes many different service opportunities in the Raleigh area.
  • Alternative Service Break provides local and international service opportunities for students.


In the Raleigh Area


  • The Wedge Community Garden¬†offers opportunities for volunteers to learn about gardening while helping with a variety of gardening tasks
  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle*¬†offers¬†volunteer opportunities from gardening tasks to sorting food.
  • Raleigh City Farm*¬†has gardening and construction opportunities as well as¬†volunteer opportunities for fundraising, business and outreach

*Opportunities other than gardening available.

  • Farmer Foodshare¬†helps farmers donate surplus produce to those in need.
  • Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina¬†offers opportunities to¬†sort food at the distribution center, organize a food drive, or offer administrative support.
  • Meals on Wheels¬†provides opportunities to¬†distribute nutritious meals to homebound seniors.¬†Requires a driver‚Äôs¬†license and a vehicle.
City of Raleigh Opportunities
  • 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.
  • North Carolina Museum of Art¬†offer opportunities to¬†maintain trails, control invasive species, and much more.¬†¬†Special backgrounds (e.g. horticulture) are appreciated for certain projects.
Equity and Wellness
  • Alexander Family YMCA¬†offers opportunities to positively impact the lives of youth in our community as mentors, tutors, and youth sports coaches.
  • The Green Chair Project¬†offers opportunities match¬†gently used furniture with those who have recently come out of homelessness.