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We partner with passionate professionals on exciting projects.

Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds. If you want to support NDC’s work and have experience in the below disciplines (or something related), we’d love to collaborate.

  • Architecture

  • Urban Planning

  • Interior Design

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Historic Preservation

  • Community Organizing

  • Community Design

  • Stormwater Design

  • Social Design

  • Graphic Design

  • Photography

Johnny Macon, Former NDC Staff and Sarah Hope, NDC Volunteer and Former Board Member share project work.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Lakeland Riverwalk

Prince George's County

Are you interested in how creative placemaking, community development, and sustainable low impact design intersect? This project is for you! A one mile stretch of Paint Branch, from Metzerott Road to Baltimore Avenue in College Park, has the unique opportunity to be rethought for the future. The design solution for this project will bring residents, students, and trail users together and provide them places to linger and stay as well as safe ways to travel through the area. Creative and lighthearted engagement will seek to yield ideas for public art, gathering spaces, informative signs, temporary or ‘pop up’ commercial installations, and programming to bring residents and students to the trail.

Landscape architects with experience in low impact development and trail design are encouraged to apply for this project. Firms are welcome! With questions or for more information, please email Allie O'Neill,

Contee Parago Triangle Park


Contee-Parago Triangle Park serves as an entry point to the Bolton Hill neighborhood and is one of the first park spaces in Baltimore to commemorate two of its African American residents, William Gailes Contee and Edward Wilson Parago. The Bolton Hill Community Association is organizing efforts for a major park renovation to be completed by the 50th anniversary of the park's establishment, in May 2021. Join us in providing updated park designs for this exciting anniversary celebration!

For this project, we are looking for landscape architects in Baltimore with an interest and experience in park design, sustainable landscaping, and neighborhood development.

To volunteer or for any questions, please feel free to reach out to Katryna Carter at


“Working with NDC has taught me to listen to every unique voice in a design process and to always include those voices in design decisions.”

Carol Currotto, Interior Designer

“NDC provided me with an opportunity to work on a project with community stakeholders. I’ve always believed that to have a better understanding of where you are working, you need to go to those communities and talk with the residents.”

Jasmine Forbes, City & Regional Planner