Get Involved

Get Involved

Volunteer opportunities at Urban Ministries of Wake County are endless. Please consider meaningful volunteer positions available in following areas (click arrow to expand):

Volunteer Opportunities with Open Door Clinic (Clinical Professionals):

Health Care Professional: Licensed physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab techs and health educators provide chronic and acute care. Learn more.


Volunteer Opportunities with Open Door Clinic (Non-Clinical):

Front Desk Greeter: Greet and sign in patients, field questions, and direct patients’ needs to the appropriate staff. Learn more.
Eligibility Screener: Determine whether patients are eligible for clinic services through one-on-one confidential interviews. Learn more.
Pharmacy Assistant: Assist licensed volunteer pharmacists in dispensing medications to patients; locate, count, and label medication for the pharmacist to check; assist with clean up, and other tasks determined by the pharmacists. Learn more.
Medical Interpreter: Those fluent in Spanish and with advanced knowledge of medical terminology are needed to interpret in the Open Door Clinic. Learn more.


Volunteer Opportunities with Helen Wright Center for Women:

Meal Provider Team: Prepare and serve hot meals dinner nightly and breakfast and lunch on the weekends for 36 shelter guests. Learn more.
Client Services Worker: Manage front desk operations and interact with shelter guests informally (talking with residents, playing cards, etc.) Learn more.


Volunteer Opportunities with Crisis Program:

Food Pantry Worker: Work on-site to help stock and organize the food pantry and package food orders for clients. Learn more.
Food Drive Coordinator: Hold food drives in your congregation, workplace, school or neighborhood. Learn more.
Crisis Interviewer: Assess client needs to determine appropriate emergency food assistance, prescription assistance, and to make referrals to other agencies. Learn more.
Community Garden Worker: Our Community Garden needs your help to tend, plant, and harvest our organic garden! All yields go directly to our Food Pantry to help feed our community! Learn more.


Volunteer Opportunities with Administrative/Development Dept:

Ambassador program: Volunteers will make presentations to community groups about the agency, food insecurity, health care issues and homelessness in Wake County. Learn more.
Event Volunteer: Help set up and run some of the various fundraising events. Learn more.
Administrative Volunteer: Assist with office work of filling, stuffing, sealing and mailing letters. Learn more.


Internship Opportunities:

Intern: Commit an entire semester to assisting Urban Ministries in a variety of different capacities, including marketing, communication, development, administration, and others. Learn more.


Volunteer Opportunities for Groups:

Food Pantry Work Day: Work on-site to help stock and organize the food pantry and package food orders for clients. To learn more, please contact Carol Schwartz at 919.256.2179 or


Volunteer Opportunities for Children:

Kids Can Club: There are many ways even the youngest of us can get involved. Click here to see ideas for the Kids Can Club.


We ask all interested in volunteering to submit a Volunteer Application & Antidiscrimination/Confidentiality Policy. Please download these forms and submit to Hannah Pettus, Manager of Volunteer Services at or fax to (919) 836-1352.

Why Volunteer?

Our volunteers receive training and on-going support from our staff and other volunteers. In addition, Urban Ministries of Wake County offers opportunities for volunteers to:

  • Address and be part of the solution to community problems.
  • Engage their congregations, workplaces, businesses, schools and civic clubs in group activities.
  • Renew lives and restore hope for our neighbors.

More than 1,500 volunteers have helped us improve our community this year. Join us in alleviating the effects of poverty. To participate in the next required New Volunteer Orientation, contact Hannah Pettus, Manager of Volunteer Services, at 919.256.2169 or

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS: to access your schedule, please click here:

For a list of all of our great volunteers from the past year, click here:

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