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Volunteers Needed

Volunteering takes up your time, energy, and sometimes, money. It can be hard work. It can find us doing and seeing new things, which can be challenging and even a little scary. So why should you volunteer?

Because you can make a difference!

If people never help each other and only care about themselves, the world becomes a crueler place. So, what’s in it for you? The answer is “Plenty”! You will make new friends that might lead to a job or career opportunity. You will feel needed and important and this will help your confidence and self-esteem. You will be relieving stress along with getting more active and healthier. You will feel like you are part of the community as you spend time doing something that you really care about. People who become volunteers usually lead richer, happier, and more satisfying lives than those who don’t volunteer.

Below you will find opportunities that we have been told about listed by state. Please check your local area for cemeteries that need volunteers.

Georgia

Polk County Cemetery Preservation Committee in Cedartown, GA are looking for volunteers to “adopt” a cemetery and keep the grass cut this summer. They also schedule work days for you to be a part of. If interested e-mail pccpc02@earthlink.net or visit http://www.pccpc.org

Indiana

Bell Cemetery 1700 W Epler Ave Indianapolis, IN

2013 Work Dates
Saturday March 23, 2013 from 9-1pm

Saturday April 20, 2013 from 9-1 pm – alternate date in event of bad weather is
April 27th – same times.

Saturday May 4th, 2013 from 9-1 pm – no alternate date for May.

Please pre-register by emailing Kay Nickey at kaynquilter@att.net
Wear durable clothing appropriate for the weather with head protection, work gloves, and lace up shoes – NO Thongs, Sandles, or loose Crocs. Bottled water and light refreshments will be available as well as coffee on arrival. Please bring along at least one gallon of water in event it is needed for stone cleaning. There is no on site water supply and, if you have an old toothbrush, lawn chair or gardener’s bench, you can bring along for comfort or rest break if needed.

Howards Cemetery
4555 East 750
South Lebanon IN
E-mail Karen Everett at howardscemetery@tds.net

West Point Cemetery Association
Liberty Indiana
Brenda Hensley 765-458-5598

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society Cemetery Committee
Terre Haute IN Needs your help and they are also looking for any information on any unmarked burials in Vigo and Clay Counties.
Email or Call Tamie Dehler 812-460-1230 tamszion@yahoo.com

Kentucky

Eastern State Hospital Preservation Project needs volunteers in Lexington and Frankfort, join them on facebook or email eshcemetery@yahoo.com.

Okolona, KY just outside of Louisville is restoring it’s long abandoned African American Cemetery. The overgrown Cooper Chapel Cemetery is just a collection of unmarked field stones. Please call: 502-713-4736

Somerset, KY Cemetery — Do you have a little extra time on your hands and enjoy being outdoors? We’re looking for volunteers who would be willing to spend some time (preferably on weekdays, but that’s negotiable) sprucing up the cemetery. If you could spend some time brushing grass off tombstones, trimming overgrown plants and shrubs, picking up trash and loose flowers, etc., let’s talk! Please call 679-3473 Individuals or groups welcome.

Louisiana

New Orleans needs has many volunteer opportunities call 504-525-3377
Or check out website at http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/volunteer

Massachusetts

In Bristol County help needed at Acushnet Cemetery, Acushnet MA
E-mail Spirit Baker at hispirit3001@aol.com

In the city of Easton, The Cemetery Commission and the Lions Club are looking for volunteers to preserve pieces of the towns history. They have about 30 town owned cemetries that need to be maintained. For more informaiton call Melanie Deware at 508-238-0373 or e-mail her at smdeware@hotmail.com.

Get Down and dirty digging around gravestones and up righting them with Ken McKay. Primarily the North Shore of MA. Swampscott, Beverly, Salem, Marblehead and Lynn. Email him at kenny5074@hotmail.com or call 978-998-4472

Missouri

Paulaski County Poor Farm Fund Waynesville, MO

Project Pulaski County Poor Farm Cemetery is a restoration project headed by the Pulaski County Historical Society and Museum. The Pulaski County Poor Farm was established as early as 1874 and was in operation until 1947. The goal of the Pulaski County Historical Society and Museum is to clean up, preserve, and restore the Pulaski County Poor Farm Cemetery to honor those who are buried there, to provide a place for family members of those buried there to gather and pay respects, and to provide a place for the community to have a visible reminder of an overlooked part of Pulaski County history.

You can find them at Pulaski County Poor Farm Cemetery Blog or search on Facebook for Project Pulaski County Poor Farm Cemetery. They are in need of dontaions and volunteers: Laura Huffman 573-855-3999
Pulaski County Poor Farm Fund
c/o Pulaski County Historical Society
POB 144
Waynesville MO 65583

New Jersey

Mount Peace Cemetery Lawnside NJ
Yolanda Romero 856-546-9069

Port Jervis, NJ
The families of Peenpack and interested community members are cordially invited to facilitate the care of the historic Gumaer/Pioneer Knoll Cemetery. Minisink Valley Historical Society has scheduled work sessions. If you can help or would like more information please contact Nancy Conod, Executive director history@minisink.org or Judy Gumaer Testa, Coordinator of Volunteers jgumaertesta@hotmail.com You may also call 845-888-8081 or 845-856-2375

New York

25 cemeteries near Oyster Bay, NY needs adopted
Groups or People interested please call 516-624-4971

North Carolina

View this video to see the damage done in downtown Raleigh by a tornado April 16, 2011 Contact them at:
Raleigh City Cemeteries Preservation, Inc.
Post Office Box 33012
Raleigh, NC 27636
(919) 859-0348
email: jthurman@rccpreservation.org

McDowell Cemetery Association Inc Marion NC McDowell County
Needs help with 3 cemeteries
Larry Boyce 828-724-4612 or 828-652-5506

Oklahoma

Neglected Cemeteries in Lincoln, Pottawatamie, Ofuskee Counties
Your help is needed contact Angela Dionne 405-408-9482 or email:
dhuff2000@yahoo.com

Pennsylvania

Greenwood Cemetery New Castle, PA
Needs your help
Email: Lauri Golonka
laurilynn72@verizon.net

Mount Moriah Cemetery Philadelphia, PA
Needs Everyones Help
Call Lance Haver 215-686-7598

Virginia

Virginia Roots needs volunteers in Evergreen Cemetery Richmond, VA
Call Director Veronica Davis at 757-332-4042

Notify Us at saveagrave@gmail.com if you would like your need for volunteers to be listed on this page.

You may download this Sample Volunteer Release Form to change for your use. This template is offered for educational purposes only. Please confer with legal counsel, licensed in your state to determain if any changes need to be made for your organization.


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