Volunteers in Historical Clothing

Volunteers portray historical figures during a special event. There are a variety of ways to support the park's mission and help visitors find inspiration in Frederick Douglass's legacy.


Have you ever thought of volunteering your time and talent with the National Park Service? Become a steward of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site by joining the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program. Volunteers are essential for taking care of the site and connecting visitors to one of America's national treasures.

You can volunteer on your own or with a group. Volunteers help us accomplish our mission by:

  • Operating the front desk at the visitor center
  • Removing litter and invasive plant species
  • Assisting with special events
  • Working on projects
  • Giving educational programs and tours of the historic house

We welcome volunteers of all ages. Youth under 18 may volunteer with written consent from a parent or guardian. Your company, organization, or school can volunteer as a group for special events, to fulfill community service hours, or just to support the site. If you have the time, we have a place for you!


Apply now!

Begin the process by filling out this application (PDF, 330KB). Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information or to submit completed applications:

Delphine Gross
Park Ranger
1411 W Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
Phone: 202-426-5961, ext. 103

Volunteers working on hillside

Students work with a ranger to remove litter and invasive plant species from Cedar Hill. Looking for community service hours? Contact the site to find out what volunteer opportunities are available.


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