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:


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 aid in the visual improvement of the cemetery by cleaning and doing simple marker repairs. Learn the proper skills for working with old stone grave markers.

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: Those who enjoy being among the stones and recording their digital images in a very structured manner are needed. An interest of history, archaeology, culture, geology, dirt, and Portland people required.