Raleigh citizens have the opportunity to volunteer their services to the City without pay on various boards, commissions and committees. Some of these are established in the City Charter; others are set up by the Mayor or City Council to perform special, limited functions. ( How To Request To...
Every Raleigh resident who is 18 or older is a voting member of a Citizens Advisory Council (CAC), an organization that serves as a link between members of the community and City government. Raleigh has 18 CACs. Each CAC represents a different geographic...
The Community Services Department offers programs to engage people of every age and background in their neighborhoods and the wider Raleigh community. The Department provides resources for neighborhood-based organizations, grants to neighborhood groups and nonprofit agencies, opportunities for...
The purpose of the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department is to actively encourage, provide, promote and protect quality leisure, recreation and cultural opportunities, facilities and environments that are essential for the enhancement of the lives of our citizens.
The Raleigh Police Department, in conjunction with Raleigh Community Services, is seeking volunteers that are interested in assisting our full time staff in service to the citizens of Raleigh. Volunteers would assist with a broad spectrum of assignments. Volunteer assignments...
Raleigh Television Network (RTN) Raleigh has a new information source - the Raleigh Television Network (RTN). This new, all-digital television network is designed to serve the people of Raleigh. If you want to be thoroughly informed about your City and County governments, enjoy...
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“Voting is a civic sacrament.”
"Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed."
“A man without a vote is man without protection.”
"I believe that voting is the first act of building a community as well as building a country. "
"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves-and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
"During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai E. Stevenson "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Stevenson called back "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!""
“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
Find Your City Council District: To locate your council district, visit the City of Raleigh maps page and enter your street address in the search box. If you live in Raleigh, you'll find your City Council under "Location and Service Information".
Raleigh Television Network (RTN)
Raleigh has a new information source - the Raleigh Television Network (RTN). This new, all-digital television network is designed to serve the people of Raleigh. If you want to be thoroughly informed about your City and County governments, enjoy community events, and inform your neighbors about your nonprofit group or concerns then RTN has all that you need. RTN provides this vast amount of information and diverse programming via four channels: RTN10 - Community, RTN11 - Government, RTN18 - Education and RTN22 - Information.
RTNSV is now available!
RTN is proud to offer this streaming video service, featuring a live online feed of RTN 11 and select on-demand programming, such as City Council meetings. Click here to launch RTNSV.
Putting Your News on City View
RTN offers City View Calendar, a community bulletin board for local organizations to promote activities and events that are happening in Raleigh and Wake County. City View also provides the latest news and information about City services, municipal meetings and events that are important to you.
To publicize an event, please mail, fax or email information to:
Raleigh Television Network
P. O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602
For more information on the Capital City’s new and dedicated information source, visit our offices and studio at 310 W. Martin St. or give us a call at 919-996-6278.
Police Volunteer Program
The Raleigh Police Department, in conjunction with Raleigh Community Services, is seeking volunteers that are interested in assisting our full time staff in service to the citizens of Raleigh. Volunteers would assist with a broad spectrum of assignments.
Volunteer assignments may include:
- security patrols in parks
- telephone crime reporting
- data entry
- neighborhood watch planning
- crime prevention programs
- special event assistance
- ...much more!
Each volunteer will receive approximately 38 hours of training by the Raleigh Police Academy concerning issues pertinent to their duties. They will be required to volunteer a minimum of fifteen hours per month.
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the number below.
For More Information Contact:
110 S. McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27602
Parks and Recreation
The NeighborWoods program fosters a partnership between the City of Raleigh and its’ citizens toward planting and caring for street trees in residential neighborhoods. Through the program, the City gives free trees to residents in exchange for planting and caring for the trees.
Part Time Positions
Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department hires approximately 1500 part time employees each year to serve in a variety of positions. These positions include jobs such as camp counselors, recreation program instructors, athletic scorekeepers, athletic officials, front desk staff, recreation program assistants, lifeguards, swim instructors, swim coaches, cashiers, pool managers, art instructors, adventure recreation instructors, concession workers, athletic field managers, amusement ride operators, tennis instructors and other recreation program related positions.
Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department’s part time staff is an essential and vital component in the delivery of recreation programs and services to the citizens of Raleigh. Each applicant is interviewed and a background check is performed to ensure that the highest quality of service will be provided by the applicant in their duties. Positions are recruited for on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Selected applicants may be subject to additional training as required by the City for the position that the applicant is applying.
To request an employment application, call 919-831-6640 or download an application in .PDF format (requires to print) or MS Word format (requires Microsoft Word to complete or print). Completed applications with specific job title should be returned to the Recreation Division Office at 2401 Wade Avenue.
Internship opportunities are also available in Parks, Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Marketing and Business. Internships are available spring, summer and fall. Raleigh Parks and Recreation offers diverse programming and unique facilities. Download an application HERE.
For More Information on employment, contact:
Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department
PO Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602
919-996-3285 – Administration
919-831-6640 – Recreation Division
919-996-4115 – Parks Division
The Community Services Department offers programs to engage people of every age and background in their neighborhoods and the wider Raleigh community. The Department provides resources for neighborhood-based organizations, grants to neighborhood groups and nonprofit agencies, opportunities for volunteers and summer jobs for young people. It also provides staff support for Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs) and other advisory bodies to the City Council.
The Neighborhood Services Division focuses on empowering neighborhood-based and community organizations.
Programs and services include:
Volunteer and Human Services
The Volunteer and Human Services Division provides volunteers the opportunity to work in City offices and nonprofit organizations. The Division also administers grants to nonprofit agencies.
The Youth Services Division helps young people develop their job skills and prepare for further education and employment.
Life Skills Development
Lunch with a Lawyer
Citizens Advisory Councils
Citizens Advisory Councils
Every Raleigh resident who is 18 or older is a voting member of a Citizens Advisory Council (CAC), an organization that serves as a link between members of the community and City government.
Raleigh has 18 CACs. Each CAC represents a different geographic region of the city, and each decides its own activities and priorities. All CAC meetings are open to everyone; however, you can vote only at meetings of the CAC where you reside. You can attend as an individual or you can represent your neighborhood-based organization at your CAC meetings.
CACs are nonpartisan. They also are independent of the City Council. In fact, CACs are the only advisory boards to the City Council that are not appointed by the Council. Instead, residents of each CAC region elect the chairperson and other officers of their CAC.
CACs and City government
Raleigh's CACs are a connecting point between municipal government and residents. They provide a way for the City to share information about government activities and to receive feedback from the community. Through CACs, residents and neighborhood groups participate in decisions directly affecting them.
For instance, CACs have a voice in planning and development issues. Most proposals for rezoning property go before a local CAC for review. Often, a person seeking rezoning will appear before the CAC to discuss the proposal. The CAC votes on the proposed rezoning, and the City Council takes the CACs vote into consideration when it is weighing whether to approve the rezoning request.
CACs have a say in other matters, too, such as parks and recreation facilities, streets and sidewalks. CACs also stay in contact with the Police Department about activities in their communities.
Each CAC holds regular meetings, and everyone is welcome to attend. To find out when and where your CAC meets, call the Community Services Department at (919) 996-6100.
The meetings provide a forum to share information about neighborhood improvement plans and other neighborhood affairs. At the meetings, CAC members discuss community issues and take votes. The opinions of CAC members and results of votes are presented to the City Council and other City officials
City Council members sometimes attend CAC meetings to talk about issues before the Council. City staffers often appear at CAC meetings to discuss how the City can assist with services such as sidewalk repairs or new signs. Police representatives usually attend to discuss crime trends and offer crime-prevention tips.
All neighborhood-based organizations, such as neighborhood and homeowners' associations, are encouraged to send representatives to CAC meetings and share information about the CAC proceedings with their members. It is important that every neighborhood have representation at CAC meetings, because broader input leads to better decision-making
The CACs produce newsletters to keep residents informed about community activities as well as meeting agendas. The newsletters are free to everyone who signs up to receive them by U.S. mail or e-mail.
To receive your CACs newsletters, call the Community Services Department at (919) 996-6100 or send e-mail to Patricia Cheek at email@example.com.
Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council
The chairpersons and vice chairpersons of the 18 CACs make up the Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC). The RCAC meets each month to allow CAC leaders to share information. The RCAC also considers and takes positions on issues before the City Council.
Meetings of the RCAC are open to all. To find the meeting schedule, call the Community Services Department at (919) 996-6100.
Neighborhood Recognition Awards
The RCAC sponsors annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards to honor those who work to make their communities better places. Individuals, neighborhood groups, schools, nonprofit organizations and others are eligible for the awards.
Raleigh created its CACs in 1973 and 1974. The CACs were established to help educate residents about City government and to provide them better representation and input in City decisions. The first CAC officers were installed in February 1974. The mayor at the time, Clarence Lightner, spoke at the installation and challenged the CACs to work for solutions to community problems.
Mayor Lightner also noted that Raleigh was blessed with active, interested residents. "Raleigh has involved itself in various citizen participation efforts in recent history," Mayor Lightner said. "In addition, all City departments, from Recreation to Planning, have worked with civic and neighborhood organizations on a wide range of projects. The CAC program has added a new dimension to this citizen participation effort."
Boards, Commissions and Committees
Raleigh citizens have the opportunity to volunteer their services to the City without pay on various boards, commissions and committees. Some of these are established in the City Charter; others are set up by the Mayor or City Council to perform special, limited functions.
Where not specified by law, the City has the policy to appoint citizens to serve two-year terms with a maximum of six consecutive years of service on any specific board or commission. Citizens may serve on no more than two commissions, boards or committees at one time.
There are two different types of boards, commissions and committees citizens can be appointed to. Some are appointed entirely by City officials, and the rest are jointly appointed by the City and other organizations.
City Appointed Boards, Commissions and Committees
- Appearance Commission
- Arts Commission
- Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission
- Civil Service Commission
- Convention Center Commission
- Electrical Examining Board
- Environmental Advisory Board
- Fair Housing Hearing Board
- Historic Cemeteries Advisory Board
- Housing Appeals Board
- Housing Authority Board
- Human Relations Commission
- Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities
- Mechanical Examining Board
- Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
- Planning Commission
- Plumbing Examining Board
- Raleigh Historic Development Commission
- Raleigh Transit Authority
- Stormwater Management Advisory Commission
- Substance Abuse Advisory Commission
City Council Committees
More Than Words, Action
Too often politics is about saying what’s popular and little action. I think we’re seeing a whole lot of that on Capitol Hill these days and it’s not how I ever wanted to run my campaign. So from the start, I committed to run a campaign based on ideas and action. With the help of my incredible team: Brice Barnes, Jeff Swift and Nathan Spencer, I’ve done just that and I want to share with you what we have done so far.
Raleigh keeps making it to the top of some incredible lists and we’re being recognized for the hard work and investment we have put in for the last few years. I hosted my first Raleigh Plus Google Hangout on Keeping Raleigh Competitive. I asked participants to tell me what they felt our city needed to stay competitive going forward. One thing almost everyone agreed was an issue was increasing Internet broadband/bandwidth within Raleigh. I am happy to say the City Council is working on this with the staff trying to make a city-wide high speed fiber network for everyone.
It’s no secret that our city is attracting an incredible number of talented entrepreneurs and small business owners. I believe in the innovation of people who look outside the box for solutions. It’s a major reason why I helped launch CityCampNC.
In July I hosted an Entrepreneurs Roundtable with The Publicus Community. We had an incredible conversation and I learned a lot. One thing that especially stuck with me that almost everyone said that they wanted to have more of a say in the search for a new City Manager and that the new City Manager should be more business focused. To address these concerns, I proposed that the search be open and transparent. When that was unsuccessful, I launched a page on my site to allow folks to put in their feedback and I took those voices into the meetings.
Those that know me, know that I am a strong supporter of public transportation and often voice a need to support our investments throughout completion. Because of this, I did a Raleigh Plus Hangout on transit and invited participants to ask Eric Lamb, Raleigh’s Transportation Manager and Damien Graham, Triangle Transit’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, questions.
It was a huge success and we were able to raise awareness about the Transportation Bond you’ll be voting on Tuesday and the need for more alternative revenue sources like advertising for our transit agency. I am excited to be working with the rest of the City Council on plans for Bus Rapid Transit, developing Union Station and increased bus service in the coming years.
Bikes & Pedestrians
I believe in investing in the things that help us stay healthy, create a sustainable environment and increase the quality of life for our residents. I fought hard for the Dorothy Dix Park plan, continue to push for more green space and even received the endorsement of the Sierra Club this year!
Hoping to learn more from avid users, I hosted a Raleigh Plus discussion about how we can make Raleigh more bike and pedestrian friendly. Some of the great ideas that came out of it were connecting the Greenways to the RTP so people can easily ride/walk to work, opening the Greenways to more commuter traffic during the week and a public hearing on bike and pedestrian safety before the City Council in November.
Garbage, Recycling and Composting
I hosted a discussion on solid waste pickup and invited Jason Pfister who has studied Raleigh’s trash collection and disposal for many years. Raleigh’s solid waste department operates using yesterday's technology. Meanwhile, we’re running out of landfill space and residents are the ones who will pay the price.
One innovative method to cut costs and increase recycling through individual responsibility is a process known as Pay As You Throw. During our Hangout, we described the program and people were able to ask questions both in the discussion and online. We were able to increase awareness on the costs associated with garbage waste and recycling, offer alternatives to the current method, and encourage people to conserve and compost.
Education is a big driver for me as a father and as a community leader. Quality public education is a huge driver of economic development, much more than incentives in communities without it.
I had the opportunity to host an Education Roundtable with the help of Business Forward. We had a great mix of business leaders, teachers, administrators and elected officials. Out of that I learned a lot about how disenfranchised our teachers feel and the dire need for more resources and support they need to keep educating our children. I have made my voice heard to our legislative leaders and I am continuing to look for ways that we can help teachers feel more respected. I am working on a project to connect teachers and their former students through notes. I’ll keep you informed about our progress with that.
Treating Addiction as a Disease
My brother has fought an addiction for many years. He’s been homeless, sick and unable to care for his own family many times. Because of this, I have seen what addiction can do to a family and how we as a society “treats” this disease. I have also had the opportunity to meet many people with similar personal stories, many who have seen their family members suffering end in the same way we often see our family members succumb to cancer.
Hoping to raise awareness of our policies and attitudes that punish addiction and set up people to be a drain on our society whether as one of the 50% of prison population suffering from some form of addiction or through being homeless or at risk of being homeless, I hosted a Raleigh Plus discussion about it. I invited Chris Budnick of The Healing Place and Christopher Ball of the Converting Hearts Ministries to share their expertise. I hope that you will watch and remember those who suffer so greatly and end up on the street because society can’t be troubled to provide better resources for them.
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