volunteer NEW BERN

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity,  you have found a great place to start.

Look below where we have a list of more than a dozen local nonprofits who could happily use your help!

Volunteer New Bern is an initiative of The Newcomers Club of New Bern, designed to give its members easy access to the variety of service opportunities in and around New Bern.

Volunteering can help you get to know your new community and provide the opportunity to give something back and have fun at the same time. Interested in trying something new? Willing to share your expertise based on your own past experiences? Volunteer!!

Here are some of the local community-based non-profit organizations that could use your help.


The Newcomers Club of New Bern is entirely run by volunteers. If you are interested in leading an activity or being part of an upcoming club board, please talk to anyone on the board or email newcomerswebmasternb@gmail.com.

There are several Newcomers Club activities that are in need of leaders for the upcoming year that starts July 1, 2024. Those openings include : Dining Out Group,  the RV group, Mexican Train Dominoes, and the Thursday afternoon Mah Jongg group (the current leader will continue to help, but will be traveling more and not always available). If you are interessted in leading or co-leading any of these group, please email newcomerswebmasternb@gmail.com or talk to any of our board members at our next club meeting.


The Alzheimer's Association/Eastern North Carolina leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Among the many volunteer opportunities are that of a community educator. For more information about joining our Community Education Team, please complete the Volunteer Interest Profile at volunteer.alz.org or contact Brooke Vallely at bbvallely@alz.org


The mission of the Craven Arts Council & Gallery is to create an environment where the arts thrive, bring joy, and enrich the cultural experience in our community. The Craven Arts Council & Gallery would not be able to run the way that it does without our dedicated volunteers.   By pledging to work as few as 1-2 days a month, you could greatly assist in the day to day running of the Craven Arts Council.  Ages 18+ please.Click here for volunteer info. 


Opportunities with Craven County Senior Services  are available to help older adults and other members of the community stay active. Volunteers deliver meals to the homebound, help serve food at congregate meal sites, lead recreational programs, and help with special events.  Currently need MOW drivers to fill in several routes.
We Appreciate our Volunteers! For more info on these volunteer opportunities, click here!


Craven Literacy Council provides literacy programs to adult residents of Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties of North Carolina, where approximately 19,000 adults read at or below the third grade level. We are a nationally-accredited volunteer-based organization, delivering instruction to those who wish to enhance basic reading, writing, math and technology skills, and/or learn English. Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education. We have an active calendar of educational events, storytelling programs, speaker presentations, tours, and social gatherings. Volunteers are needed to support a variety of events, including the very popular annual Ghost Walk. Click here for volunteer info. 

RSC New Bern's primary programs include the Community Kitchen, Buy A Bag Boutique, and Emergency Crisis Shelter. Through our various programs and services, we strive to empower permanent life change by building a supportive community and engaging people holistically. Learn more about volunteering at RCS by clicking here. 


The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (the Food Bank) is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for our friends and neighbors facing hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 40 years. Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


MERCI Clinic is a nonprofit community clinic, staffed primarily by volunteers, which provides free health care services for adults of Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties who are of limited income and without medical or dental insurance. Learn more about volunteering at The Merci Clinic by clicking here


Craven County NC Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


The foundation offers volunteer opportunities to fit every interest and schedule. From special events or preparing Christmas decorations to guiding tours or working in the gardens, we can offer an experience to inspire you.  Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. We unite with concerned citizens to monitor, protect and preserve the watersheds covering nearly one-quarter of North Carolina. Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


Coastal Women’s Shelter provides an all-inclusive range of services to members of the community who are affected by domestic and family violence: a 24/7/365 crisis hotline, court advocacy, monthly support groups for adult and youth survivors of violence, transportation assistance, tuition assistance, clothing, food, employment resources, housing assistance, and inter-agency information and referrals. Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


Simply put...CarolinaEast Health System could not do what it does so well without the generous support of its 400+ volunteers. Its volunteer program is unique among hospitals in that it includes numerous groups you can join to lend a helping hand and smile. Learn  about volunteering  by clicking here. 


The Red Cross' network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


Boys & Girls Clubs offer young people 6 to 18 years of age what they want and need most: staff members who are role models who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can be themselves and have fun, and constructive activities to channel their youthful energy. Learn more about volunteering  by clicking here. 


Dedicated to helping refugees rebuild their lives in Eastern North Carolina. Click the “Volunteer Time” tab on the web site to help with transportation, ESL support, mentoring, apartment set-up, moving furniture, sorting clothing and household goods donations, office help.

Since 2014, Paws of War have brought more than 600 dogs and cats, rescued by our troops serving overseas to safety in the U.S. We have provided 100’s of Veterans with service and support dogs rescued from kill shelters.

 For more info on these volunteer opportunities, click here!

Litter Free Land and Sea is a County-led initiative designed to support volunteer clean-ups, facilitate business engagement and communicate the efforts of waste contractors to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of Carteret County, including the beautiful beaches close to New Bern.

Click the “Volunteer Time” tab on the web site to learn more about how you can help.

Occasionally, the Newcomers Club has organized volunteer projects for it its member. Below are some of those events.

February 2024 Newcomers Group Service Project at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in New Bern

Below  is a slide show from our most recentNewcomers Club of New Bern group volunteer project at The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in New Bern in February 2024. Thank you to the nearly 20 Newcomers Club members who took part.

Beach clean up, 2023

Newcomers club member take part in the annual Wreath Laying at the New Bern National Cemetery, December 2023.

According to the local event's organizers, there are approximately 7,600 veteran gravestones at our New Bern National Cemetery, located at 1711 National Ave, New Bern, NC 28560.

To read about the National Wreaths Across America project, click here.

Other Opportunities to Support the Community

In addition to the above nonprofits, there are several civic clubs (some may require membership fees) who are based in the New Bern Area and throughout the year raise funds and support many of the nonprofits listed on this website.

Click on Group Name to reach club website

The New Bern Civitan Club 

The New Bern Lions Club

New Bern Woman's club


Have you joined the Newcomers Club of New Bern ? For only $15 a year per person you have access to more than 20 activity groups, most of whom have scheduled events all year along! If you have lived in the area for 1 year or less, you are qualified to join. Club meetings are held every month except July, August and December. To join online please click here. 

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