Two women dressed in historical clothing
There are a variety of ways to support the park's mission and help visitors find inspiration in Frederick Douglass's legacy.

NPS/N. Johnson

Become a steward of Cedar Hill by joining the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program. Volunteers are essential for taking care of the site and connecting visitors to 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.

Volunteers remove vines from a lawn
Students get their community service hours by removing invasive species from the site.


Apply now!

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

Frederick Douglass NHS
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
1411 W Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

Phone: 202-426-5961


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Mailing Address:

1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020


(202) 426-5961

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