Volunteer

Spirits Alive is an all-volunteer organization. If you would like to help, please email us or drop us a line.

Volunteers include Master Gardeners, neighbors, history buffs, cemetery supporters, and green space enthusiasts. Since its inception, Spirits Alive volunteers have:

Opportunities

Tour Guides: The cemetery annually attracts natives and people from away who love old cemeteries and all that goes with them. Spirits Alive offers regular cemetery tours beginning in July and continuing through mid-October. The script for the tour covers subjects such as – famous people interred there, some early history of Portland, gravestone art and its symbolism, and explanation of the construction of the tombs and the City’s “dead house” (the winter holding tomb.) If you decide you would like to become a tour guide for the season, you should know that you will be called upon to give a tour just once a month. You will be thoroughly trained.

Cemetery Conservation and Restoration: workers will aid in the visual improvement of an area near the tombs of the captains from the 1813 battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise. They will learn how to reset stones and beautify the area with care regarding historic gravestones.

Gardening Workdays: anyone willing to wield a wheelbarrow, dig holes for trees and bushes, lug heavy water buckets or simply hand-trim around stones on their knees is welcome!

Stone Survey Photography Phase: our stone survey continues in the form of photography. Volunteers are needed: folks who enjoy being among the stones and recording their digital images, or helping someone else who will. A love of history, archaeology, culture, geology, dirt, and Portland people required.