Volunteer Opportunities in New Bern, NC

As a town full of retirees that fell in love with New Bern, NC's beauty, history, charm and people, many organizations are able to depend on the giving nature of volunteerism. From historical programs at Tryon Palace to maintaining downtown development, blood drives and literacy initiatives, New Bern's volunteers play a huge role in improving the town's personality and quality of life. 

As a town that’s more than 300 years old, it should come as no surprise that New Bern has numerous groups dedicated to historical preservation. And because these groups are nonprofits, they all rely almost exclusively on donated time from their volunteers. 

Tryon Palace is by far one of the most popular historic sites to volunteer in New Bern. More than 355 people volunteered for Tryon Palace last year, each contributing valuable resources as they worked alongside beautiful gardens and museums. Volunteers are vital to the Palace fulfilling its mission and maintaining services every year by providing staff support in a wide spectrum of areas ranging from shuttle drivers and gardening to working in the museum store and even utilities work. This tremendous amount of local support for the Palace, which relies heavily on private donors and volunteerism, is a constant reminder of how invested the community has become with the Palace’s success.
The New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation (NBPF) are separate entities with a common goal of preserving New Bern’s history and its buildings. Each works to raise funds that are used to restore historical buildings and sites, and in some cases maintains those sites with volunteers. Volunteers can reach into the past every day by helping organize anything from fundraisers, battle reenactments and marketing plans to living history programs, ghost walks and antiques shows.

Education is paramount to a community’s success and New Bern offers several areas for volunteers to reach out to those needing a little extra help. The Craven Literacy Council helps tutors work with adult students needing help with reading, writing and math skills. Working in small groups or one-on-one, this valuable gift not only helps adults overcome obstacles in the short run, it helps nurture long-term growth and upward mobility for years to come. Volunteers are needed for younger students as well at Craven County Schools. Whether it’s working as a teaching assistant, tutor, librarian or chaperone, the school system counts on volunteerism to help manage growing class sizes in the face of diminished funding and resources.

In addition to historical and educational efforts, there are also plenty of opportunities to help the less fortunate. With choices ranging from the New Bern Police Department, CarolinaEast hospital and Habitat for Humanity, to the Red Cross, chances are good that you’ll find a cause that inspires you to help.

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Tryon Palace New Bern Volunteer Opportunities
529 South Front St.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 639-3500
(800) 767-1560

Tryon Palace's volunteer program offers a bounty of opportunities throughout the year. While numerous opportunities exist in obvious places like the gardens and musuems, Tryon Palace also relies on volunteers for driving the shuttle, working in the museum store, greeting visitors and much more. Prior to the holidays, hundreds of volunteers...more about Tryon Palace

2507-F Neuse Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 637-8079

The Craven Literacy Council trains volunteers to work as tutors and instructors with adult students. These students may request services to improve reading, writing, math skills or to learn English as a second language. The learning space on Neuse Boulevard contains a computer lab for tutoring in those skills as well....more about Craven Literacy Council

511 Broad St.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 638-8558

Volunteers are major components in all  of t he New Bern Historical Society's committees, implementing its education activities, events and fundraisers. They serve in many capacities from New Bern Civil War Battlefield guides to office support to coordinating special projects and helping to maintain historical buildings and gardens. They are the...more about New Bern Historical Society

510 Pollock St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 633-6448

Like the historical society, the preservation foundation counts on and can operate because of volunteer skill and spirit. Most volunteers are retirees, without whom the foundation could not function. Docents serve as hosts or hostesses for home tours; help in the office; work to produce the newsletter; help with the annual...more about New Bern Preservation Foundation

800 College Ct.
New Bern, NC
(252) 638-3434

Volunteers interested in sharing their time with Public Radio East are welcome year-round to assist with letter folding and envelope stuffing for direct mail campaigns and to answer telephones during fund drives. Training is provided as necessary....more about Public Radio East

316-A S. Front St.
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit was established in 1979 at the downtown’s lowest point, to stimulate and coordinate the revitalization of downtown New Bern and the redevelopment of its waterfront in partnership with the City of New Bern. As a strategy to bring people downtown, Swiss Bear produces MUMFESTnow a city sponsored award-winning event...more about Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp.

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