Urban Ministries of Wake County engages our community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home.

Make a difference in someone’s life by providing support through our programs in hunger, homelessness, and healthcare. Click the titles below to explore volunteer opportunity details.


Hunger and Nutrition Opportunities

  • Crisis Interviewer
  • Food Pantry Volunteer
  • Front Desk Greeter
  • Community Service
  • HWCW-Meals

    Healthcare Opportunities

  • Access to Care Interviewer
  • Health Educator
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Triage
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Provider
  • Lab-volunteer


    A variety of different internships are available throughout our programs in the spring, summer, and fall semesters.


    We wish that all our volunteers will find meaningful experiences at Urban Ministries. Reasonable expectations for behavior and appearance will create an environment where everyone can flourish and be effective in their work.

  • Volunteers must have reliable transportation, as we are not located on a bus line
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. If a volunteer is under 18, he or she may volunteer in our Food Pantry while being supervised by a parent or guardian at all times
  • Please wear professional, modest, business casual attire (Fridays are casual)
  • Application Process Overview

    1. Submit completed volunteer application
    2. Review volunteer orientation materials (provided after application is received)
    3. Complete role-specific shadowing

    Why Volunteer?

    Urban Ministries of Wake County accomplishes its mission through the dedication of some 40 staff members and 1,300 volunteers. Representing 97% of our workforce, volunteers are vital to our three core programs: the Hunger and Nutrition Program, the Helen Wright Center for Women, and the Open Door Clinic. With a rising client population we continually recruit excellent, hospitable, dependable, and punctual volunteers. We can not have an impact on our community without our volunteers.

    Volunteering can enhance your future by providing you with opportunities to:

  • Explore your educational/career goals and aspirations
  • Grow your teamwork/leadership skills
  • Provide supportive/team based community
  • Log volunteer hours for personal enrichment/resume