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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

May 2018

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. For further information contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317. Follow us on Twitter or visit us on Facebook.

Orientations and Training


Angelique Ashby’s Youth Action CorpsCouncilwoman 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   Upcoming orientations will be held at the North Natomas Public Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835.  The meeting will take place in the Community Room from 4:00-5:00 pm. The next orientation will be Thursday, May 31st.


Old Sacramento Living History is dedicated to keeping the past alive and educating the public about Sacramento’s history. Using the backdrop of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings, members create a “living street museum,” performing throughout the year and recreating activities and events from Sacramento’s early history and the California Gold Rush. We will be offering New Member Training on June 23 and June 30 from 10am-3pm. For more information, please email


Docent Training Open House - Crocker Art Museum Docent Council -  Are you interested in becoming a docent at the Crocker Art Museum? Join us for a free,  informative and casual open house to learn more on Sunday, June 24th from 10:30 am to Noon, at the Crocker Art Museum.  You will hear about the docent application process, touring, and service commitment. Attendance at the open house is not mandatory, but is extremely helpful and informative for anyone interested in applying for the 2018-19 class. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, May 30. More information:


Sacramento Fire ReservesInterested in a career in the fire service?  The Sacramento Fire Reserve program is recruiting and looking for committed individuals to volunteer, train, and learn to be a firefighter.  They are currently recruiting volunteers for their next training cohort.  Get on-the-job experience, apply to be a reserve:

In-Kind Donation Requests

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. You may also donate online. If you have any questions, please email Janice Wagaman.

Short-term Opportunities

The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include on-going volunteer positions as well as short-term activities. Some of the short-term and special event options coming up soon are listed below. Please check with the contact first before completing the Short-term Volunteer Agreement form.

For additional opportunities with the City of Sacramento, contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317. 


NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Regionals - College athletes compete to earn a spot in the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships. Nearly 2500 of the best of the best college athletes are expected to compete in this exciting event. Volunteers are needed Tuesday, May 22nd to Saturday, May 26th at Hornet Stadium, CSUS, Sacramento.  Volunteers will assist with credential distribution, drug testing escort/chaperone, gate monitors, hospitality, information booth/lost & found, media, ropes crew, ticket take/security support at gates, and volunteer check-in assistant. To help, join the team:


Land Park Volunteer Corps -  Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday,  June 2nd at 8 am.  Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park. So grab a pair of gloves and pitch in (you’ll even get a breakfast boost from Espresso Metro at the beginning of the day and a free lunch after you finish at 11 am). The group meets directly behind Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Drive).  Groups and individuals are welcome.  For more information, contact lead coordinator Craig Powell at (916) 718-3030 or


Community Days - Greetings from Fairytale Town! Volunteers are needed to help with the monthly Sacramento Adventure Playground activities. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing and shoes that can get dirty. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess!  While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 7-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days. Advance registration is not required. Community Days are held on the second Saturday of the month (except December and January) from 11 AM to 3 PM. Volunteers are needed for these 2nd Saturday events. Volunteers must be 18 or older, or with an approved service club.  Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Community days are the 2nd Saturday of each month February-November. The next Community Day will be Saturday, June 9th. Adventure Playground is located at the Maple Neighborhood Center (formerly Maple Elementary School), 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824. To volunteer, contact Steve Caudle, Play Manager: or (916) 222-3831.  


McKinley Rose Garden Monthly Volunteer Event - Yes, this is the rose garden shown in the movie "Lady Bird"!  Located at the corner of 33rd and H Streets, and overseen by the non-profit Friends of East Sacramento, we welcome volunteers all ages, all twelve months of the year!  Our 1 1/2 acre garden has 1,200 roses and 8 perennial beds!  In 2018, starting in June,  there will be monthly volunteer events open to the public each 2nd Saturday of the month.  Come join us Saturday,  June 9th  from 9 am until noon to deadhead the roses.  We will be pruning off any spent roses and anything that wouldn't look gorgeous in a bouquet!  We'll be doing this for the rest of the year up through November!  Trainers will be on hand to show you how it's done!  We do have some supplies we loan out on a first come, first served basis.  If you can bring your own gardening gloves, bypass clippers and buckets, please do, and we recommend wearing a hat or visor, and closed-toed shoes are a must!  Also, any minors attending the event will need to bring a signed volunteer waiver form.  Please come out and help us keep the Rose Garden, beautiful, healthy and movie worthy!  There are also opportunities for individual volunteer orientations, once trained you can come volunteer on your own schedule!  For more information or to get the volunteer waiver form, please contact  Hope to see you there!


Saturday, June 16th is the first ever Front Street Brew fest!  - The inaugural Front Street Brew fest (Hosted by Friends of Front Street 501c3) will take place Saturday, June 16th at the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front Street. Join us for a block party celebration to benefit the animals of Front Street – Highlights include SactoMoFo Food Trucks, 30+ regional breweries, access to the California Auto Museum, live local entertainment, and games.  We will need a LOT of volunteer support for this event!  We need around 50 volunteers for each shift. If you are age 21 or older, email Janice at to get signed up.  There are various volunteer shifts and activities, so email Janice ASAP for more information. 


Volunteer at Camp Sacramento: We are looking for volunteers from June 17th- August 4th. You can come for one day or stay the entire summer (meals and lodging is included)! A day at camp can be very exciting with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, such as: leading campfire songs, preparing meals for our campers, fixing cabins, helping in the store, going on hikes and playing team sports! Want to see more? WATCH HERE  Each volunteer must satisfactorily complete the mandatory process as required by the City of Sacramento. This process requires a background check, fingerprint clearance and that all other paperwork be completed before commencement of volunteer service. Must be at least 15 years old to volunteer.  For more information, please contact Alicia at 916-808-6098 or


A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town - Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed comedic play comes to life at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, along with all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream on Saturday, June 23rd .  Volunteers are needed from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm! Join us for a magical midsummer’s eve featuring multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an enchanted marketplace and more!  Celtic band Stepping Stone will perform throughout the evening on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage, and Shakespeare Lite will present Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Children’s Theater at 6, 7 & 8 PM. Renaissance themed costumes are strongly encouraged. Check out our Pinterest board for costume inspiration. Volunteers must be at least 13.  Apply online here: Questions?  Contact Topaz at


D2 Multi-Cultural Festival - Calling All Volunteers! We need you to make the 2018 D2 Multi-Cultural Festival a Huge Success!  The festival will take place at Hagginwood Park, 3271 Marysville Boulevard, Sacramento CA 95815, from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, August 25th.  Join Councilmember Warren and the City of Sacramento in celebrating the diversity of our city by volunteering.  Volunteers duties will include assisting with: set-up, assisting with vendor offloading, clean-up and break-down. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our District 2 Office at (916) 808-7002 for more information on how to register.


Senior Congregate Meal Volunteers - 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, recording meals served, 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. 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, some detail-oriented in nature. May require some bending and lifting.

Length of commitment: Three month minimum, opportunity for long-term.  Interested? Please contact Alicia Black at to request a volunteer application.


Volunteer Pianists Wanted! - Are you looking to put your musical talents to good use? The Ethel Hart Senior Center, located at 915 27th Street, Sacramento,  is seeking a volunteer/s to visit our congregate lunch program and play music to enhance the environment and promote an enjoyable experience for our guests. Pianist volunteers are needed to provide live music from 11am-12pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. We enjoy a wide variety of music from classical to contemporary and have a piano onsite. Desired qualifications- A musical talent or skill to share, interest in providing background music, friendly personality, punctual and reliable. Length of commitment- Can be short-term or ongoing, dependent on your availability and program needs. Interested? Please contact Alicia Black at to request a volunteer application.


Sacramento Fire Department and Community Foundation - CPA Volunteer needed!, January 2018 – December 2018, 5 – 10 hours a month.  The Sacramento Fire Department and Community Foundation (SFDCF) is seeking a CPA (Certified Public Accountant for Nonprofits) who specializes in Nonprofit accounting and taxes. The CPA will be tasked with reviewing the foundation’s treasurer ledgers and assist with filing the proper tax forms. The member will be welcomed to attend all Board meetings. This is strictly voluntary.  If interested, contact Robert Ross at  or call: (916) 426-2697.


The Sacramento History Museum is looking for new docents and docent assistants. The museum is located at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. Museum Docents lead a variety of educational programs for K-8 students. Docent Assistants help behind the scenes to ensure programs run smoothly. Interested? Please download and fill out our volunteer application. Applications can be submitted through email or dropped off at the Sacramento History Museum. Please note as museum docents and docent assistants work closely with school-aged children, applicants will undergo an interview.  For more information contact Zoey Jennings:  or (916) 808-6896.  Apply today:

Design Lab Facilitator - Come explore the engineering design process in Powerhouse Science Center’s brand-new Design Lab workshop! Map-out, build, and test a prototype solution to a given design challenge. volunteers have FUN engaging families with the engineering and innovation process, and learning how there’s no single “right” answer in engineering. We need volunteers daily to power this new design space. You will be our "guides on the side," helping our visitors as they solve engineering challenges ranging from building bridges and buildings, testing out aerodynamics, constructing electrical circuits, and even coding! Do not worry if you are not an engineering expert, just be willing to smile, assist and learn along with visitors! Minimum age to volunteer is 16. Contact us at or call us at (916) 808-3942.

Powerhouse Science Center Public Programs Team - Do you have a passion for STEM learning or museum education? The Public Programs team at the Powerhouse Science Center offers hands-on learning experiences throughout the year, often facilitated by our volunteer pool. Our goal is to make science and technology fun and accessible to all. You do not have to be a scientist to join us, all we ask is that you are excited to inspire tomorrow’s scientists today! Requirements: Must be aged 16 or older, available on weekends, willingness to work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds, personal or professional background in science, education, or museums is desired, but not necessary, ability to follow instructions from staff, ability to be flexible and creative when necessary, attend orientation and required skill builder workshops throughout the year. Volunteers must be at least 16 and available on Saturdays or Sundays. For more information, contact Diana Shibko or complete the online form.

TechConnections at the Hart Senior Center! - Teach older adults (age 50+) how to get connected using computers and other devices! Volunteer to instruct or assist in a series of classes, short term workshops or provide individualized assistance. Teach/assist 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, System Maintenance, Skype, 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 8 or Windows 10 operating systems, Edge (formerly known as Internet Explorer), Microsoft Office suite, social media sites, etc. Length of commitment: Classes are offered Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8am-5pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available. Most courses meet for six 1 ½ hour lessons. Volunteer commitment includes class time, (plus 15 minutes set up/shut down) and time spent reviewing curriculum before each lesson. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Alicia Black to request a volunteer application.

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

City of Sacramento Advisory Board and Commission Vacancies- The Sacramento Youth Commission, Animal care Services Citizens Advisory Committee, as well as many other spots are available to apply for. View current listings.

Sac Event Crew– Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you outgoing, friendly and ready to have fun? Join Sac Event Crew, volunteer, and be part of Sacramento’s premiere sporting and community events. Don’t wait! Visit and register to be part of our CREW.

Sacramento Sports Commission a Division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year to many exciting high profile community events including, the AMGEN Tour of California Bike Race (May 2016), USATF Junior Olympics (July 2016), the California State Fair (July 2016), the Grape Escape at Cesar Chavez Park (June 2016), and the annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration including the Festival on Capitol Mall, and the Tower Bridge Dinner. The volunteer opportunities with each event include a variety of assignments such as, set up and tear down, hospitality, assisting in the wine/beer venues, overseeing the information booth, volunteer check-in, just to name a few. For more information and to register, visit We look forward to having you join our team. For further information, contact Danielle Ferroni-Paulsen.

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 Richard Perez 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

Special Events The City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to assist with concerts, park days, and movie nights. Volunteers will assist with various activities and assignments. Earn community hours, make new friends, increase social skills, build your resume, explore a new career and learn valuable job skills. Stay active this summer while having fun. For more information contact Erin Quinonez at (916) 808-8459.

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

Re-enactment Volunteers - The Old Sacramento Living History program keeps the past alive through historical re-enactments, activities, marching in parades, walking tours, ghost tours, and many fun events. Training is provided. All that is needed is a love of history and a willingness to learn! For more information and to sign up to help, contact Zoey Jennings at (916) 808-7059.