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On-going Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Sacramento and it’s partners.  At this time due to efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 many volunteer opportunities are postponed or cancelled until further notice.  Please be in touch with the contact listed in each description to determine the status of that opportunity.

The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include on-going as well as short-term activities. Follow us on Twitter , visit us on Facebook  and find us on Instagram.

On-going volunteer opportunities are listed below in alphabetical order by program or department name.

Access Leisure - Access Leisure offers Social Programs, Special Events, Trips, Sports and Camping for Children, Teens, Adults and Veterans with disabilities. Weekday and weekend schedules are available for volunteers who are high school seniors and older. To volunteer, please contact Jenny Yarrow at (916) 808-6017.

City Clerk Records Assistant – The City Clerk’s Office is helping achieve the City’s green initiative and sustainability goals by converting paper documents to electronic format and storing in document management software. Volunteers are needed to help prepare documents for scanning, imaging documents using computer and scanners, typing information about documents into the computer and other duties. Volunteers need to have computer knowledge, be attentive to details, have the ability to lift 20 pounds and be quick learners. Volunteers will learn how to use the document management software, gain hands on experience with high speed scanners and get experience in a collaborative paperless office environment. Volunteers are scheduled during the weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm at City Hall. The minimum age is 16. Apply online.

District 1 Parks and Youth – Join neighbors and community members in one day and on-going volunteer stewardship activities. Volunteers under age 18 need an adult supervisor. Group activities can be scheduled during regular parks hours and on occasional Saturdays or Sundays. Parks Leadership Academy for Youth, also known as PLAY is an opportunity for middle and high school aged students to learn, apply and teach park maintenance techniques to other volunteers in their local parks. PLAY has made a huge impact on how our community views and treats our parks. There has been less graffiti, littering, and vandalism since PLAY has started. Other youths in our community recognize that their friends and/or classmates work hard to preserve our beautiful parks. Community members/groups and neighborhood associations are now more comfortable adopting parks, knowing that PLAY will be there to help guide them through a park maintenance event. To join PLAY, to help at a parks event or get more information, please contact Andre Favila Or visit

Fairytale Town - Fairytale Town is looking for mature, dedicated, hard-working volunteers that are serious about their commitment to the community. We develop strong relationships with our volunteers, so that they keep coming back year after year. Fairytale Town only accepts volunteers that are 13 years of age or older, and at this time can unfortunately not accept those within the court system as volunteers. If you meet these requirements and are interested in volunteering at Fairytale Town, please create a volunteer profile. Download and read the information packet (available below) if you are considering volunteering with us, and once you have decided to commit, please fill out the Volunteer Application portion and submit it to Fairytale Town. Before you can be an active volunteer, it is mandatory to attend one of our quarterly Volunteer Orientations, which are held in January, April, July and October (special event volunteers do not need to attend an orientation beforehand). Download the information packet or contact us for more information at

Front Street Animal Shelter – The shelter goals include placing animals in loving, permanent homes, ending animal abuse/cruelty and assisting the public with animal care and pet health issues. Just a few of the ways that shelter volunteers make this possible include: maintaining a very clean and sanitary environment, conducting health and behavior screenings, exercising and socializing animals, cleaning and sanitizing bedding, bowls and other animal care items, participating in community outreach and fundraising events, promoting the shelter through traditional and social media, maintaining databases, making phone calls and scheduling appointments, assisting owners of lost pets, organizing supply areas and sorting/bagging food donations for the Sacramento Pet Food Bank. You don’t even have to have pets in order to help pets! For more information and to download an application please visit our web site at Volunteer orientations are offered each month and sign-ups are available on-line. For information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8166.

Teen Program Coordinator – The Front Street Animal Shelter is looking for a skilled volunteer who enjoys working with teens. The shelter has a great teen volunteer program and needs a leader who can commit to every Saturday from 1-3. Teaching background or prior experience with youth is preferred. Here’s what the coordinator will do:

  • Engage teens with educational opportunities (bring in special speakers, work with our other training volunteers to teach our teens how to handle animals, etc.)
  • Be proactive in searching out service opportunities for the teens – actively look for ways that they can help here at the shelter
  • Be able to move our long-term teen projects forward
  • Help organize additional teen opportunities – like car washes for raising money for the long-term projects

Sounds like something you’d like to try? Contact Janice Wagaman at (916) 808-8166.

Golf - The Sacramento City Golf Courses have Volunteer Player Assistant opportunities available at >Bartley >Cavanaugh golf Course, Bing Maloney Golf Course and >Haggin Oaks Golf Course. Volunteers will focus on golf course starting, pace of play, safety and water stations. Some Player Assistant Volunteer Discounts are included. Volunteer Player Assistants have the opportunity to give back to the great game of golf and provide a safe environment for golfers at the course. If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering as a Player Assistant, please contact Mike Woods at (916) 808-0950.

Hart Senior Center - The center is able to offer many of its programs through the generosity of community volunteers. Our volunteers truly are the heart of Hart! If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact Linda Thao at or call (916) 808-7908 for more information. Please consider the following opportunities:

  • ACC Meals on Wheels All Seasons Café- Guest Attendant - Seeking outgoing individuals who can assist with our daily lunch program and help promote a friendly, efficient environment. Duties may include: Assisting with greeting guests, orienting and helping new guests complete intake forms, socializing with seniors, assisting with individual needs, such as serving food and beverages, condiments, etc., and other tasks to create a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Additional assistance needed includes unboxing bi-weekly deliveries and helping at special events. Volunteers work from approximately 10:15am-12:15pm, Monday through Friday (dependent on scheduling needs).Desired qualifications: Positive, friendly attitude, willing to help with a variety of tasks. May require some bending and lifting. Length of commitment: Flexible, dependent on staff needs.


  • Hart’s Healthy Pantry - The Hart Senior Center utilizes volunteers to help operate a food distribution program in partnership with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. The distribution, Hart’s Healthy Pantry, takes place every third Wednesday of each month and will provide low-income older adults ages 60+ with several bags of nutritious groceries. Volunteers will help set up the monthly distribution site, greet and check-in guests, record accurate intake records and provide any assistance needed as guests pick up their groceries. This is a great opportunity to help your community! Desired qualifications: Positive, friendly attitude, willing to help with a variety of tasks. May require some bending and lifting. Length of commitment: Volunteers will serve from approximately 10:30am-1pm the day of each distribution and we request that volunteers make a 6-month commitment (dependent on scheduling needs).


  • Workshop/Group Leader - Do you have a skill or interest you’d enjoy sharing with others? Many of the activities and classes offered at the Senior Center are coordinated by a Lead Volunteer. The Lead Volunteer is responsible for the class or activity at every meeting; preparing for the event and organizing materials, welcoming participants and leading the activity. We are open to many different types of new programs, so please let us know what type of course you’d like to lead!  Desired qualifications: Proficiency and experience in leading activities in area of expertise, or a personal interest in the activity with enough experience and knowledge to lead others. Patience, good communication skills, comfortable speaking in front of groups, enjoys working with others. Teaching experience is a plus.  Length of commitment: Flexible. Activity must take place Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm. Frequency is dependent on how many times the program is offered. Can be a single workshop or ongoing.



  • Hart Senior Center TechConnections – Teach older adults how to get connected using computers and other devices! Volunteer to instruct a series of classes, short term workshops or provide individualized assistance. Teach a maximum of six beginner or intermediate students using lessons designed for older adult learners. Topics may include Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Internet and Email, Skype, cell phones, tablets and more. The world of modern technology is ever changing, so help teach seniors how to stay in touch with friends and family, access information and use apps and programs to bridge the digital divide. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to share your computer knowledge and skills with older adults in our community. Volunteering with this program is a wonderful way to spend the free time you may have and can help build a resume and utilize your existing talents! Desired qualifications: interpersonal skills-patience, good communication skills, comfortable speaking in front of small groups, enjoys working with others, teaching experience is a plus. Technical skills-experience using Microsoft software including Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office suite, social media sites, etc. Length of commitment- Classes are offered Monday-Friday, from 8am-5pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available. Volunteer commitment includes class time, (plus 15 minutes set up/shut down) and time spent reviewing curriculum before each lesson.


Old Sacramento Living History Program - Volunteers are needed to serve as costumed historical characters from the Gold Rush Era to the Civil War and to participate in programs and activities in Old Sacramento. Training is provided, as well as assistance with costuming. Volunteers who are uncomfortable being a re-enactor can provide behind-the-scenes support: conducting research, member recruitment, sewing, etc. Most events and training take place evenings and weekends. For further information, contact Janice Chang.

Parks - Adopt-a-Park Program - Volunteers are invited to help with various stewardship activities in city parks, trails, and natural areas. Activities vary by season, and training and tools will be provided, so no prior experience is needed, only the desire to help. Opportunities are available in all neighborhoods, and many activities are great for large groups, families, or youth groups with adult supervisors. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes and are encouraged to bring a pair of work gloves. One day or short-term service activities are also available. To help or for more information, please contact Richard Perez at (916) 808-2285.

  • McKinley Rose Garden Seeks Volunteers to Dead-Head - Volunteers are needed to work independently on their own schedule to help dead-head the public garden’s 1,200 rose bushes in McKinley Park – 33rd and H Streets. Both newcomers and experienced volunteers are needed working weekly or bi-weekly in a beautiful oasis of green grass and blooming roses. Experienced volunteers use their own by-pass clippers and work gloves to remove spent flowers and place into plastic garbage cans provided at site. Volunteers are reminded of the need with email updates. Volunteers report their time worked via email after completion. Inexperienced volunteers can schedule a 15 minute training session and then work on their own. Contact for more information. The garden is managed and maintained by nonprofit Friends of East Sacramento.

Powerhouse Science Center - The Powerhouse Science Center, Discovery Museum Campus is located at 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95821. Volunteers provide vital support throughout the Museum, assisting with special events and museum programs, and lending a helping hand to staff behind-the-scenes. All kinds of people volunteer at the Powerhouse Science Center, from teenagers to seniors and from science novices to science professionals. Volunteering is an opportunity to teach, to learn, to meet people, and to experience a stimulating environment. Some of our volunteers contribute just a few hours a month, while others prefer to work several hours each week. Keywords: science, kids, youth, teaching, volunteer. Apply online or email, or call us at (916) 808-3942.

Sacramento Fire Department CERT - The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. CERT members can assist others in times of emergency or disaster by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they have learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. For more information and to sign up, call William White at (916) 216-0327 or email . For more information about the CERT program, visit:

Sacramento City Fire Reserves - The Reserves consist of more than 50 volunteers who train and work with the Sacramento City Fire department. They provide valuable resources to our community and are dispatched to multiple alarm fires, Level 3 Haz-Mat incidents and other emergencies whenever additional resources are required. The Reserves provide supplemental staffing, food, drinks and EMS standby at the scene of emergencies. They also have a role in decontamination at hazardous materials incidents. To learn more about training to be a volunteer with the Sacramento City Fire Reserves, contact Robert Anthony. View more information about the reserves.

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery - The Historic City Cemetery, through the volunteer organization, Old City Cemetery Committee, offers a variety of opportunities to share your skills. Interviews are mandatory and additional materials may be required such as resumes. Please see the opportunities below for more information and apply online.

  • BRICK WORK: Persons with brick masonry experience are invited to help with the rebuilding of brick plot surrounds. Such volunteers may work on their own (with supervision from the city) or supervise a weekend crew of county inmates. Materials will be provided, but interested persons should have their own tools. Time required: Flexible. Duration: Long Term.
  • FUNDRAISING EVENTS: Volunteers are invited to participate in fund raising events at the cemetery and help with planning and execution of such events. Extensive experience is not required, but a willingness to bring ideas and long hours to this function is welcomed. Time Required: Flexible. Duration: Long Term.
  • ADOPT A PLOT: If you love to garden and want extra space to expand your creativity, consider becoming an Adopt A Plot volunteer for the Historic City Cemetery. Some gardening knowledge is essential and there are a few rules to follow, but all beautification efforts are appreciated. Time Required: 50 hours per year. Duration: Two Years at a minimum.

Sacramento History Museum - is located in Old Sacramento at 101 I Street. The Museum offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Student docents, ages 14-17, can help monitor the museum galleries on weekends or help with public activities like gold panning. There is a mandatory training session held each spring. For adults, the museum needs docents to present our numerous Education Programs to visiting school and public groups, as well as assist with special events, like our annual Gold Rush Days weekend and Free Museum Day. Museum docents are encouraged to have weekday availability, specifically mornings and afternoons. There is a mandatory docent training session held each fall. For more information about our volunteer programs, please contact Zoey Jennings at (916) 808-6896.

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission – Seeks interns or volunteers to assist with its various programs, including:

  • Art in Public Places — Provides visual art experiences in public locations through the production of temporary and permanent works of art in public places and rotating exhibitions at the Robert T. Matsui Gallery (at City Hall) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility Gallery. A volunteer docent or tour guide program provides tours and presentations to the general public, community organizations, and students.
  • Grants and Cultural Programs — This program oversees the distribution of County and City funds to arts organizations in Sacramento, and cultivates professional development and stabilization of artists and arts groups.
  • Arts Education — Provides professional development to teaching artists, and produces arts education programs in Sacramento schools, social institutions, and other community organizations.

The work schedule and timeframe are flexible. SMAC’s office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit or call (916) 808-3992. If interested, please email a resume to Mannylyn Timoteo.

Sacramento Police Department - the Sacramento Police Department Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS) are looking for individuals who would like to serve their community. Volunteers conduct non-enforcement duties, are ambassadors for the police department and serve as additional “eyes and ears” for patrol officers. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Patrol Unit (patrol neighborhoods and shopping areas to be a visible deterrent in a marked SPD VIPS Ford Escape), Special Events Unit (distribute flyers and educate the public regarding safety and awareness at public events) and DUI Team (conduct traffic control and assist officers in a non-enforcement capacity). We are looking for individuals 18 years and older, can pass a criminal background check, have a good driving record, no felony convictions, can commit to at least 1 year of service, work a minimum of 100 hours a year, have good moral character, have a desire to help the community and have a positive attitude. For more information, please email or apply at

Sacramento Public Library - Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Sacramento Public Library! Throughout our 28 locations, volunteers provide a tremendous service by supplementing the time and talents of our dedicated library staff. If you are interested in being part of our dedicated group of volunteers, please submit an application clarifying your interests and availability. As opportunities that match your time, preferred locations, and interests are available, our staff will contact you. To our volunteers who have been with us for years and to those looking to start their service, thank you for your dedication and support of the Sacramento Public Library.

Please note that no court mandated service opportunities are available. Please email or call the Library at (916) 264-2920.

  • Friends of the Sacramento Public Library Seeks Book Sale Volunteers – The Book Den (located at 8250 Belvedere Ave., Suite E, Sacramento CA 95826) is looking for volunteers to help with ongoing online book sales. Training includes appraisal techniques, how to list books for sale, and how to fill orders. Ideally, volunteers will work 2 mornings a week, from 9 am to noon starting immediately. Volunteers will use a computer as part of their job, and should be computer literate. For more information please contact The Book Den Manager at or (916) 731-8493.

Sacramento Sports Commission - Sacramento Sports Commission – a Division of Visit Sacramento, offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year with a front row seat to most of our events. Some of the events we host include, the AMGEN Tour of California Bike Race, National and local Track & Field events, the US Senior Open (June 2015), the California State Fair, the Grape Escape at Cesar Chavez Park, and the annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration with two weeks of events taking place every year in September. The volunteer opportunities with each event are many. For more information and to register, visit We look forward to having you join our team. For further information, contact Danielle Ferroni-Paulsen.

Sacramento START- (Students Today Achieving Results Tomorrow) Learning Today...Leading Tomorrow. Sacramento START is an after school program and is located on school campuses where 50% or more of the children receive free or reduced lunch. START has volunteer opportunities existing for individuals on a short or long-term basis. Volunteers will be able to work with small groups of children through homework assistance, recreational and enrichment activities. Volunteer assignments include START Pal, Enrichment Specialist, Special Events Assistant, Inspirational Speaker, Homework Helper, Cluster Assistant, Yard Duty Assistant, Site Director Assistant, Reading Buddy, Community Outreach Assistant, and START Office Assistant. For additional information call the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-6156. Apply online for Sacramento START.

Sacramento Zoo – The Sacramento Zoo offers a variety of different volunteer programs, each with their own requirements.

Keeper Aide volunteers assist animal care staff with cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animal exhibits. Volunteers must be 18 or older. To request an application, please email

Special Events volunteers assist with a variety of different tasks during event season, mostly during the spring and summer. Apply for Sac Zoo Special Events.

Garden’s Alive volunteers assist the horticulture staff with the plants and gardens around the Zoo. Gardening experience is a must. Apply with a Sac Zoo application and indicate that you are interested in the Garden’s Alive program.

Volunteer Educators (Docents) are trained on an annual basis. The classes begin again each January and end in March. Classes are on Saturdays and include a mini-course in biology, practice with effective teaching methods, and behind-the-scenes tours. Volunteers for this program need to be 18. Please contact Ann Geiger at (916) 808-8816 to learn more.

Roots and Shoots Summer Teen Program – Volunteers should be 15-19 years old. Assist instructors with week-long camp classes for children. Duties include crafts, games, enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, face painting, an overnight camp-out and more.

Zoo Teens are 13-19 and assist with activity stations. To become part of these volunteer teams, contact Katelyn Ferrie at (916) 808-7709. Teen volunteer program applications can be found on-line at For more information about volunteering for the Zoo, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-7444 or

Triple R-This program provides respite for caregivers, recreation for seniors with memory loss and resources for families. Volunteers are needed to visit with the clients and provide companionship. Entertainers such as pianists and crafters are asked to share their talents. Volunteers are also needed to assist with a walking program and should be able to walk with a client or push a wheelchair. For information contact Chantell Albers at (916) 808-8375.

United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) - UWCCR is seeking volunteers for its Students & Tutors Achieving Reading Success (STARS) program. Volunteers are needed twice a week for 30-minute virtual tutoring sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. During the sessions, volunteers will serve as literacy coaches helping students build vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills through games, books, and lessons. Contact Yenifer Guzman for more information.

Visit Sacramento - There are several major community events scheduled throughout the year including Free Museum Day in February, Grape Escape Food & Wine event in June (must be 21 years of age or older to volunteer), Gold Rush Days over Labor Day weekend and the Farm-To-Fork Festival in September. Duties for these events include a variety of jobs such as volunteering at our information booth, assisting in the wine/beer venues, setting up and tearing down the events, runners/floaters, just to name a few. Volunteers are also needed throughout the duration of the California State Fair in July to volunteer at the Sacramento County Exhibit Booth. Duties include interacting with fair-goers, answering questions about the greater Sacramento area, as well as informing them about the exhibit. Training is provided. Volunteers work a 3 hour shift and in return get free admission and parking in to the fair! Except where noted above, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Sign up online or contact Danielle Ferroni-Paulsen for more information.

Water Conservation - Volunteers are needed to stuff brochures related to water conservation and create packets of information for newly metered residences. This project can be done at the Water Conservation office as a group and works well for youth groups and families. Volunteers under the age of 14 will need adult supervision and all volunteers must complete the City Volunteer Agreement. Contact Marueen Coulson at (916) 808-5605.

Water Conservation Ambassadors - The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is seeking interested volunteers to become Water Conservation Ambassadors. As a Water Conservation Ambassador, you will have an opportunity to help teach the community about water conservation learn how to assist customers with irrigation and water conservation tools, conduct neighborhood outreach and education and will help the City achieve its Best Management Practices goals and its goal of reducing water consumption by 20% by 2020. Hours will vary and Ambassadors can sign-up to participate in activities after completing the 2-hour training workshop. The training will help familiarize new ambassadors with our current outdoor water conservation City code and about our current programs and incentives. Activities average 2-6 hours per week and will be located in the field and in the Water Conservation Office. Ambassadors may be asked to help work at special events throughout the city. Volunteers must be a city of Sacramento resident, 18 years of age or older and complete City Volunteer Agreement. For more information on this program, please contact Maureen Coulson at (916) 808-5605.

The 4th R - The 4th “R” is a recreationally based before and after school child care program for children grades K thru 6th. Our activities center around arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking and science as well as music and drama. We are looking for volunteers who have a real love for children and who enjoy participating in the areas of recreation. College students majoring in Child Development or Recreation are encouraged to apply. Volunteer duties include: supervising children during recreational activities, helping children with their homework and reading, assist with the set up and clean up of projects and snack time. Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age and anyone over the age of 18 will require a background check. Volunteers must also be available to volunteer for a minimum of three months. Please contact 4th R at (916) 808-3849 to request an application.