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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

Johnston Square Branding


Are you passionate about graphic design, the built environment and celebrating neighborhood identity? Re-Build Johnston Square Neighborhood Organization is developing an overall brand for their neighborhood, building on the recently completed Neighborhood Vision Plan. The brand and suggested built environment projects will provide a positive gateway to and from the neighborhood, help build the identity of the neighborhood, and support redevelopment. We are looking for experienced environmental graphic designers, architects, and landscape architects with an interest in community development and branding to join these efforts. 

Please email Katryna Carter, with questions or to express your interest in the project.

Harlem Park Theater


United Urban Roots and United Workers are partnering to revitalize the historic Harlem Park Theatre! The project is led by West Baltimore residents and stakeholders who have joined forces with organizations and artists to create a diverse, vibrant, and economically sustainable neighborhood. Their vision for the project is to reimagine the building as a multi-purpose event space, workforce development and resource center for the community. Experienced Architects and Designers with an interest in community development and creative spaces are encouraged to apply. 

Please email Katryna Carter, with questions or to express your interest in the project.

Check back soon! More to come...

Prince George's County

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with NDC. We are currently scoping projects and getting them ready for volunteers. If you are new to volunteering with NDC, please reach out to Sophie Morley,, to schedule a chat.

We look forward to working with you!

Abbottston Elementary School


Make space for play! Abbottston Elementary School aims to transform a two acre, vacant lot next to the school into a mixed-use recreation and education space. Uses for the space will be determined by the school, surrounding neighborhood, and local community. Potential features include tot lots, playgrounds, multi-use ball fields, gardens, outdoor classrooms, and hoop farms. Abbottston Elementary School is requesting support from NDC with redesigning this empty property owned by Baltimore City Public Schools. For this project, we are looking for landscape architects and designers with an interest in K-12 education, sustainability and community development along with experience designing sports fields, playgrounds and outdoor classrooms. 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


NDC’s annual awards honor the many dedicated volunteers, community partners, and local leaders who make our places great.

Put simply, NDC wouldn’t exist without the dedication of our amazing volunteers and community partners. Do you know a great member of the NDC family who deserves extra recognition? Nominate them! Tell us who you’d like to see celebrated or peruse our past awardees.