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Volunteer Opportunities at Mount Hope Cemetery

Volunteering at Mount Hope Cemetery is a great way to give back to the community and make new friends 

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Volunteering at Mount Hope offers you a chance to make a personal connection with the cemetery and become an ambassador for this significant community asset and local landmark. A variety of volunteer opportunities exist. 


Mount Hope Cemetery is a one-of-a-kind environment that features an extraordinary landscape. Maintaining the vast amount of grounds requires a great deal of volunteer effort and community support. Volunteer contributions in horticultural and landscaping activities allow the cemetery to maintain its high level of natural beauty.

Landscape volunteers help with routine landscaping maintenance (such as mulching, weeding, raking, and planting) and special projects. Events are held every 2nd Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. - noon, April through November. In addition, the cemetery hosts other cleanups throughout the year. Volunteers are led by experienced cemetery landscape professionals. Individuals, families, and religious, school, civic/community or corporate groups are welcome to participate. Tools and beverages are provided to participants.

Click here for a listing of 2014 events and register on-line.

To organize a special event for your group or organization, contact the cemetery.

Gardening volunteers help revitalize and maintain gardens and significant grave sites within Mount Hope Cemetery. Volunteers are responsible for planting, weeding, and watering specific sites throughout the planting season (May – October) under the direction of a master gardener affiliated with the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. Volunteers provide their own tools, and can choose to work alone or in groups. Individuals, families and community groups are welcome. Click here to learn more.

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Tour Guides

The Friends of Mount Hope host a variety of cemetery tours throughout the year and provide training sessions for people interested in becoming a tour guide. This training includes cemetery orientation, biographical information on early residents, and accompanying an experienced tour guide. This is a wonderful way to share your enthusiasm and experience in local history with cemetery visitors. Click here to learn more.

Special Events

Special events volunteers register event participants, sell merchandise, and serve refreshments. Click here to learn more.

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Volunteers assist in myriad activities associated with specific fundraising campaigns, including public relations and planning and participating in events. The cemetery’s current focus is a two-year fundraising campaign, Reforest Mount Hope, which was kicked off on October 3, 2013. The campaign’s goal is to raise $70,000 to replant between 200 and 250 trees at Mount Hope. For more information, please contact Mary Gaudioso at gaudiosm@cityofrochester.gov. Click here to view the progress of the Reforest Mount Hope campaign.

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