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Spruce is a volunteer-based program designed to connect citizens to beautification, litter reduction and environmental service projects in our community. 

Volunteer for the Spring Litter Sweep!

Join us for our 10th annual Spring Litter Sweep on April 14. Shifts are available from 7:30 to noon in locations throughout Cary. This is a great volunteer project for families, groups, troops and more! Simply select a spot in your neighborhood or community or join us at an existing site. Either way, we provide the tools and supplies needed including trash and recycling collection services. Registration for an existing site is required. Contact us at sarah.justice@townofcary.org to suggest a site of your own. Together we will spring clean our entire town!  

Earn a Spruce Badge

We now offer our very own "Spruce Badge" for our volunteers. Make sure to let us know when you sign up to volunteer if you would like to earn the Spruce Badge. These are free to interested volunteers and can be used for scouting troops, school groups, Y Guides and others that want to earn their badge for helping to keep Cary clean and forever green.

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Carpenter Park Community Garden Work Days

Join us in the garden! Volunteers are needed to help us construct, plant and maintain beds at the new community garden. This is a great way to learn a little bit about gardening and help out with this exciting new community project. Come dressed to get dirty! All ages are welcome; volunteers 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

Email sarah.justice@townofcary.org to be added to our volunteer list and feel free to suggest dates and times that work best for you!

Compost Education Center Garden Projects

We have multiple garden beds at the Compost Education Center in Bond Park. Volunteers are needed to help us plant in the spring and the fall. Weeding and watering help is needed throughout the year. Compost bin maintenance is always on our "to do" list and this is a great facility to do specialized environmental projects. We appreciate our volunteers that help us to keep our Compost Education Center in Bond Park looking beautiful.

Check Out a Litter Collection Kit

(We provide garbage bags, trash grabbers, gloves and safety vests)

Help us keep our community clean and green by checking out a litter collection kit. You can choose your own location or we can suggest one for you. Either way, the Town will come and collect your bags of litter when you are done. This is a great project for volunteers with a busy schedule as it can be done almost anywhere in our community on almost any day of the year!

Plan Your Own Work Day

(We provide all the tools and materials needed; projects are available per Town landscape needs)

From spreading mulch to planting landscapes, Spruce can help your group plan the perfect project that meets the goals and availability of your volunteers. Let us tailor a workday just for you at one of our many parks or facilities. 

Call (919) 469-4301 or email sarah.justice@townofcary.org to register.

Tool Lending Options

Garden Tools and More  

(Wheel barrows, rakes, shovels, pitch forks, additional volunteers, etc.)
Does your group have a garden project that we can help you with? Great for churches, school gardens and other organizations that need support with a work day. Town approval process required.

Call (919) 469-4301 or email sarah.justice@townofcary.org to register.

Past Success

A huge "thank you" to all of our Spruce volunteers! Since Spruce was founded in 2009 we have hosted over 2,525 projects with the generous support of over 16,000 volunteers. In 2014 alone we collected 27,085 pounds of litter, spread 782 yards of mulch and planted over 1,600 trees, flowers and shrubs. Our whole community has benefited from our program through events such as our Compost Giveaway where we gave out 80 yards of compost and Arbor Day where we gave away 200 trees. When you are around Town you can enjoy how clean and green our community remains due, in part, to the work of our Adopt a Spot volunteers who have committed to over 50 locations Town-wide. Keep it up!

Program Details

Spruce initiatives include biannual town-wide litter sweeps, Adopt a Spot opportunities, garden projects, tree plantings, outdoor improvement projects in public places and neighborhood-scale sweeps. 

The Spruce program is a way for citizens, civic and religious groups, neighborhoods, churches, businesses and schools to work together to have a direct, positive impact on our environment. We welcome participation on large and small scales. From town-wide litter sweeps to smaller neighborhood projects, Spruce is designed to support your efforts to keep our community clean and forever green. Know of a project you're interested in starting to Spruce up your neighborhood? Please contact us to get a project started.


NC Keep America Beautiful
NC Department of Transportation Office of Beautification


Sarah Justice
Environmental Outreach Program Coordinator 
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources 
P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
(919) 469-4301