Cemetery Volunteering

CemeteryVolunteeringYou can help keep our cemeteries serene and preserved.  We have a variety of opportunities for you:
  • Adopt-a-Block
  • Scanner/Indexing
  • Special Projects

Cemetery stewards adopt and maintain cemetery blocks from April to November.  The schedule is flexible so choose what works best for you.  Cemetery Steward duties include:  picking up small branches, cutting back dead flowers, picking up litter, maintaining headstones, and reporting damage. Apply online

Scanner/Indexing Project
We have paper documents we are converting to a digital format and indexing for easy search.  If you want to volunteer for this project you must be willing to pass a background check.   Contact the Glendale Cemetery office at 515-248-6320 for more information.

Special Projects (Corporate/School Groups)
We have projects available throughout the year to help with cemetery operations. Volunteers of all ages can get involved.

Special Project Examples:
  • Veteran Sections
    • Decorate veterans’ graves with flags
    • Clean veterans’ stones
    • Raise veterans’ stones
  • Decoration cleanup (March 1, July 1, and October 1)
    • Remove trash and branches
    • Clear fence lines
    • Raise flush markers
    • Plant trees
  • Memorial Day Volunteers
    • Greet guests in the office
    • Assist in locating loved ones
    • Direct traffic
  • Tours - Knowledgeable historians may offer no-cost tours to the public
  • General Office Tasks
    • Scan and index paper records
    • Provide clerical support
    • Fundraising
  • Generate funds to support special projects, such as headstone repair at Woodland
  • General Cemetery Grounds

If your group wants to volunteer:  Contact parksvolunteer@dmgov.org or the Glendale Cemetery office at 515-248-6320