Give your time and talent to support crime victims and their family members. Volunteer opportunities with NCVAN are based on current needs. We will post specific needs on this page as they occur.  For more information or to sign up, please call 919-831-2857. Thank you!


Memorial Garden


At each beautification event, Homewood Nursery donates all the flowers, plants, and materials. They also donate a horticultural expert, Tina Mast, to plan the garden arrangement for each event and direct the actual planting and clean-up process. Volunteers and some NCVAN staff members are involved at each event.

Please sign-up below to volunteer for one or more beautification events. You can select which date(s) you would like to volunteer on the registration form.  And, click on the appropriate button below for the required waiver for volunteers; please review and sign.

  • Trowels

  • Shovels

  • Rakes

  • Weeding implements

If you have any questions, please contact Dianna T. Benson, NCVAN Memorial Garden Coordinator, at 919-831-2857 x 106 or dianna@nc-van.org.


We always hold beautification events on either a Saturday or Sunday (versus a weekday), so free parking is easily available alongside the street near the garden and in the garden's dirt parking lot.

Here is an optional list of items/supplies to bring with you:

  •  Gardening gloves for yourself

  •  Sunscreen for yourself

  •  Knee pads for yourself

  •  Garbage bags

  •  Tubs, tarps (for debris)

At least five times a year, NCVAN holds garden beautification events in our memorial garden. The NCVAN staff invites anyone interested to join us, whether as a volunteer to help or simply to watch and witness. Many (especially including the loved ones of homicide victims) find it meaningful and beneficial on their life journey. No prior gardening experience is necessary

Memorial Garden

Volunteer Registration Form

Sign up for future events.

Homicide Advocacy Project

Murder doesn’t just strike an individual; it also strikes a family and a community, creating an array of needs – emotional and practical – that are often left unmet.

The Homicide Advocacy Project engages a network of volunteers to address the advocacy needs of victims and survivors in communities across North Carolina. The mission of the project is to engage and equip volunteers from across Durham and Wake counties, empowering them to serve and advocate for members of their communities harmed by severe violence.


Through community partnerships, NCVAN envisions a network of volunteers providing meaningful responses to the needs created by senseless acts of violence in Wake County.

Homicide Advocacy Project

What NCVAN Provides

  • Volunteer opportunities ranging from one-time events to serving as an ongoing volunteer victim advocate.

  • Comprehensive training that empowers volunteers to address victim/survivors’ needs with care, confidence, and competence.

  • A high level of ongoing support for community partners and individual volunteers.

What Community Partners Can Provide

  • Connect us to individuals interested in volunteering to support families harmed by homicide.

  • Identify and refer families in need of support after the murder of a loved one.

  • Invite NCVAN to talk to service, faith, and civic groups about homicide survivors’ needs and meaningful responses.

Contact Scott Bass, scott@nc-van.org, at NCVAN to discuss small and large ways members of your community can support the Homicide Advocacy Project.


The NC Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that advocates for victims of violent crime, especially surviving for victims of violent crime, especially surviving family members of homicide victims.


Give your tax-deductible gift today by clicking on the link below.

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