Spruce is a volunteer program that connects residents to waste reduction, beautification, and environmental service opportunities in our community.

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Carpenter Park Community Garden

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 age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us for a family-friendly Garden Open House on the third Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m.!

Explore the garden while learning what grows best this time of year and how you can garden at home. This event includes kid-friendly activities and a play area, folks on staff to get your gardening questions answered, info on how to get involved with our environmental programs, and more. All ages are welcome. No pets please.

Upcoming 2018 Garden Open Houses:

  • Saturday, May 19 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 16 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 21 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 18 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 15 from 9-11 a.m.

Email sarah.justice@townofcary.org to be added to our volunteer list.

Compost Education Center

Join us for Weekday Watering Wednesdays every Wednesday starting May 9 from 10-11 a.m. and help us maintain the Compost Education Center garden in Bond Park. Learn more on the Center webpage. We also offer occasional, one-off volunteer opportunities at the Center, including compost maintenance and site improvement projects. Please contact us to learn more about these opportunities.

Check Out a Litter Collection Kit

Help us keep our community clean and green by checking out a litter collection kit (gloves, safety vests, litter grabbers, and trash/recycling bags). 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

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. We provide all the tools and materials needed. Projects are available per Town landscape needs.

Call (919) 469-4301 or email sarah.justice@townofcary.org to learn more about this option.

Tool Lending

Does your group have a garden project we can help with? We can provide common garden tools for your group to borrow, including wheel barrows, rakes, shovels, pitch forks, garden hoes, etc. Additional volunteers may also be available if needed.

This option is great for churches, school gardens, and other organizations that need support with a workday. Town approval process required.

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

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.

Thank you!

We extend 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 residents, 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 started.

Links

NC Keep America Beautiful
NC Department of Transportation Office of Beautification

Contact

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