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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Current programs


Sacramento Food Bank - The Sacramento Food Bank will be providing families and individuals in need with fresh produce and take-home groceries, offering health and nutrition information, and sharing community resource information. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday and Friday to assist at their onsite food distribution site. All volunteers must be 10 years of age or older to volunteer. Volunteers ages 10-15 must be accompanied by a parent / guardian at all times. All volunteers will be required to properly wear a face mask and gloves. A no-touch temperature check will be conducted on each volunteer. Please arrive on time to sign in and complete waivers. You must wear closed-toed shoes and eye protection such as sunglasses. Please be prepared to work outdoors. Check the weather and dress appropriately. We do not cancel good distributions due to weather. We serve those in need rain or shine! 

Tuesday distribution site: Arcade Church - 3867 Marconi Ave. Sacramento, CA 95821 

Volunteer sign-up:


Haggin Oaks Golf Course Volunteers – Love golf?  Come volunteer as a Super Shop - Player Assistant for Haggin Oaks Golf Course, 3645 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821.  Volunteers are needed who have exceptional customer service and communications skills, are highly organized and team oriented, have a valid CA driver’s license, are computer literate and available weekdays, weekends and holidays. Golf and golf club knowledge preferred. For more information contact Bill Dixon at or call (916) 808-2533.


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 helpful and there are a few rules to follow, but all beautification efforts are appreciated.  Contact City Cemetery Staff at (916) 808-5621 or (916) 825-9633 if interested. 


McKinley Park Rose Garden - Seeking volunteers to help dead head the 1,200 rose bushes in our beautiful public garden under nonprofit management. To get started new and inexperienced volunteers need to complete a 30 minute training session. After that volunteers pledge to come back on their own schedule for approximately 1 hour a week. Help is needed April through November. For more information email

Adopt-a-Park Volunteer Program - Volunteers are invited to help with various one day or short-term 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. Service activities are available weekdays, and on occasional weekends. To help or for more information, please contact Esteban Lopez at (916) 808-2285.

Angelique Ashby's Youth Action Corps – 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

Become a Foster Pet Provider and Help Save Lives - The Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter is looking for dedicated individuals or families with a satisfactory living arrangement willing to house an individual animal or animals that require extra time or attention to help them thrive and become available for adoption. Being a foster care provider is ideal for people who may not be able to commit to having a pet full time, but are willing to give a few weeks to make a huge difference in the life of a homeless pet. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to call (916) 709-7991 (dog foster) or (916) 764-6862 (cat foster) or check out our new foster website and sign up online at


McKinley Park Rose Garden - Friends of East Sacramento is now doing small group training (up to 8 people) for new volunteers to care for the McKinley Park Rose Garden. The training session is one hour. Friends of East Sac are now using the VOMO app for people to register. The link is:  There is also information on that site including a training video on deadheading roses, their waiver form which should be completed and brought to the training as well as upcoming training sessions. For more information, contact:


Angelique Ashby’s Youth Action Corps – Councilwoman Ashby’s youth volunteer programs want you! – Middle school through college-age volunteers are invited to come hear how the District One youth programs can be a gateway to your future!  Last year, we connected our youth to TONS of volunteer opportunities, scholarships, paid internships, and jobs.  Be sure to bring a completed waiver:  If you have any further questions, please contact 



The Front Street Animal Shelter - The shelter is requesting dog and cat food, blankets, newspapers, hot dogs, dryer sheets, cat beds, dog and cat toys, gas cards, and foster care supplies. Bring donations to the Front Street Shelter Reception Building, 2127 Front Street, Sacramento 95818 Wednesday - Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm or donate online. If you have any questions, please contact Janice WagamanThe shelter is currently closed to the public.  Please use the online donation link.


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