Get Involved

Historic Congressional Cemetery needs your help! We have a number of amazing opportunities to help save this treasured place for people of all ages and abilities. Volunteer work keeps the Cemetery clean and secure as well as lively and well loved. Our volunteers put in thousands of hours of work each year. Help accomplish tasks the cemetery needs while earning the discounted volunteer rate for your K9 Corps membership. To receive the discounted rate, simply complete and document eight (8) hours of volunteer work annually per household.

Opportunities to volunteer are vast. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Act as a bartender, actor, event support, or guide for one of our many programs such as Soul Strolls, Dead Man’s Run, or Cinematery
  • Become a docent and lead tours through our historic grounds.
  • Adopt-a-plot and keep our plants thriving.
  • Take photographs of stones for our archivist to update our records.
  • Set up for a yappy hour with owner pet parents and their furry little ones
  • And more!

If you have an expertise you think you could lend (fundraiser, help find event sponsors, horticulturist, photographer, etc.), please let us know! We would be delighted to work with you to design a volunteer experience that highlights your talents.

In addition to volunteering, the cemetery hosts events throughout the year for the K9 community. Yappy hours, our popular pup-friendly happy hours, occur almost monthly during the ‘nice weather’ season. Attendees are asked to bring a food item or beverage to share, while the cemetery provides the space, setup, drinks, and other treats. Some yappy hours are accompanied by pop-up gift shops or themed pet portraits. We also collect donations for local shelters at many of these events. Our community is a giving one.

If you are interested in learning more about our events, volunteer opportunities, and cemetery closures, please add your email to our mailing list here: