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Cemetery Volunteering

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

Adopt a Block
You can become a cemetery stewards.  Cemetery stewards select a block(s) to maintain at one of our cemeteries from April to October on a flexible schedule that works best for you.  Cemetery Steward duties include:  picking up small branches, cutting back dead flowers, picking up litter, maintaining headstones, and reporting damage.

 If you would like to Adopt a Block:  Stop by the Glendale office Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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.  If you want to participate in this project:   Contact the Glendale Cemetery office at 515-248-6320

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