Volunteers include Master Gardeners, neighbors, history buffs, cemetery supporters, and green space enthusiasts. For 10 years, Spirits Alive volunteers have:
- Planted over 100 trees and flowering shrubs
- Successfully advocated for more public access to the site
- Raised funds for and installed granite bench seating
- Created and led walking tours
- Sponsored "Beyond the Gates – Art Inspired by the Eastern Cemetery,” a summer-long artist program
- Held stone conservation training workshops
- Hosted evening “Walk Among the Shadows” tours
- Transcribed the condition and inscription of every stone in the cemetery
- Conducted an annual winter lecture series featuring cemetery and history authors and speakers
Walking Tours: Spirits Alive offers historic cemetery walking tours from July through October. We most often welcome guides who have graduated from the Portland History Docent program, but that is not a requirement. If you decide you would like to become a tour guide for the season, you should know that you may be called upon to give tours only about once a month.
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 pick up trash, wield a wheelbarrow, mulch around trees and bushes, lug heavy water buckets or simply hand-trim around stones 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.