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 Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

January 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 Trainings


Front Street Animal Shelter – New Volunteer Orientation - The Front Street Animal Shelter is always looking for volunteers who want to help our animals find their new forever homes. We couldn't do it without our committed volunteers! You can be involved in a variety of different ways: helping with morning cleaning, the pet food pantry, training the dogs, socializing the cats, fostering animals, special projects, fundraisers and events, and much more!  The New Volunteer Orientation is mandatory for all volunteers!  If you are under the age of 16, your parent or guardian must attend the orientation with you.  The next orientations are scheduled for January 17th, February 1st & 21st, and March 1st & 21st from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  For more information and to register for an orientation, please visit:


District One/PLAY Youth Orientations – 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  Upcoming orientations will be held at North Natomas Public Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835. The meeting will take place in the Community Room.


Upcoming  PLAY Orientations:


  • Tuesday, January 11, 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 25, 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 30, 4:30 pm


Sacramento CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Spring Academy March -  Sacramento CERT is a team of community members who have been trained, in cooperation with the Sacramento City Fire Department (SFD), to respond to an emergency wherever the need may arise.  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training program that educates and trains volunteer members in disaster preparedness and basic disaster response skills.   The role of a CERT volunteer is to help others until professional emergency personnel arrive.  They give immediate assistance to victims, provide damage assessment information, conduct search and rescue operations, disaster medical operations, and organize other volunteers at a disaster site.  Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as shelter support, crowd control and evacuation. If activated by an Emergency Operations Center, the Fire Department alerts deployable CERT members to report to pre-designated areas.  CERT teams also help the community year-round, by helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education, and workplace safety programs.
 In 95 percent of all emergencies, the victim or bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene. Would you know what to do? If you're interested in attending the Spring CERT Academy and joining CERT, please apply at:


Help People File Their Taxes - Your help is needed! Together we can make sure that working families throughout Sacramento are able to keep their hard-earned money. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) helps bring back millions of dollars to working families in our community by providing free tax assistance for low and moderate income households. Last year, the Coalition for Working Families helped keep more than $6 million in the pockets of residents by coordinating the VITA program. This success is only possible through a dedicated volunteer base. In 2016, the Capital Region VITA Coalition trained and certified nearly 270 volunteers and surpassed all tax season expectations, but still fell short serving all the Sacramento families that needed VITA services. We simply need more volunteers. Please tell your friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers that we need them to volunteer, too! Classroom or online training is required for all new volunteers and begins in November. View more information or sign up!

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.


MLK Day of Service – In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, District One PLAY will host a Day of Service on Saturday, January 13th from 11 am to 2 pm at Linden Park, 4001 Innovator Drive, Sacramento. All are welcome to come and help mulch.  Please dress safely – closed toe shoes, no flip flops or sandals, long sleeves and no shorts.  Please complete a waiver and bring it with you: or forms will be available at the event.  If you have questions, please contact


Lunch & Cinema Saturday January 13, 2018 - Help with Access Leisure’s fun movie and lunch event for people with disabilities on Saturday January 13th. Volunteers are needed to assist from 10:00am to 3:30pm at UA Market Square (at Arden Fair). Come and enjoy a day out to the movies and lunch with friends. Several food choices available in the market place venue.  2-3 Volunteers needed. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205 or


Natomas Rose Garden Winter Pruning – Volunteers are needed to assist with the winter pruning of the Natomas Rose Garden.  The garden is located at 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento 95833 (next to the South Natomas Library). No experience needed.  Please bring gloves, loppers (large pruners) if available.  The dates for the pruning are the following Saturdays:  January 13, 20 and 27 from 10 am to 12 noon.  Minimum age to volunteer is 14. For more information and to volunteer, please contact: or text (916) 359-7411.


Wheelchair Rugby-Murderball Tournament – January 13th and 14th - Join Access Leisure in facilitating the sport of Rugby-Murderball for people with disabilities. Assist with court set up loading and unloading equipment (chairs are heavy).  Assist with transfers of athletes, and equipment fitting: gloves, belts etc. May be asked to help facilitate the tournament.  Program Location: CSU Sacramento Yosemite Hall. Time:  8:30-4:00. Dates: January 13th and January 14th.    3 volunteers needed each day. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 14. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or 


Wheelchair Rugby - Join Access Leisure in facilitating the sport of Wheelchair Rugby for people with disabilities. Assist with court set up, loading and unloading equipment (chairs are heavy).  Assist with transfers of athletes, and equipment fitting: gloves, belts etc. You may be asked to get into a rugby chair and participate if there’s not enough players. Wheelchair Rugby Dates: January 16th 6-9 pm and January 23rd 6-9 pm.  Program location Rosa Parks Middle School, 2250 68th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 14. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or 


Paint & Sip, Saturday, January 20, 2018 - Make Paint & Sip the perfect place for a great evening out with friends. There will be a little paint, a little non-alcoholic beverage, and a whole lot of fun! Painting with a Twist is the perfect place for a great afternoon out with friends. This Access Leisure event will take place on Saturday, January 20th from 12:30pm – 4:00 pm at Hart Senior Center! 3-5 volunteers are needed for the event. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205.


Evening Social & Karaoke, Monday, January 22, 2018 - Help Access Leisure host an event for people with disabilities where everyone can sing!  We will sing to the latest and greatest hits while enjoying an evening of food with friends.  The event will take place Monday, January 22nd , 5:00pm -9:00pm, at the Hart Senior Center 915 27th Street Sacramento, Ca 95816.  5-8 Volunteers needed. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205.


Scrapbooking, Wed, January 31, 2018 – Enjoy the craft of scrapbooking?  Help Access Leisure make this fun activity available to people with disabilities. Create a scrapbook memory with your favorite pictures.  The event takes place Wednesday, January 31st, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, at the Hart Senior Center 915 27th Street Sacramento, Ca 95816. 5-8 Volunteers are needed. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205.


Sacramento Museum Day - The Sacramento History Museum is participating in the 20th year of Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 3rd from 10am – 5pm and needs volunteer support! The Sacramento History Museum will offer free admission, gold panning, and costumed reenactors at the museum. Over the course of the day, we expect to see about 2,000 or more people come through the museum and we need volunteer support to keep operations running smoothly. Morning and afternoon volunteer shifts available. For more information, please contact Zoey Jennings at .


McKinley Rose Garden - Yes, this is the rose garden shown in the movie "Lady Bird"!  Located at the corner of 33rd and H Streets, and over seen by the non-profit Friends of East Sacramento, we welcome volunteers all twelve months of the year!  Our 1 1/2 acre garden has 1,200 roses and 8 perennial beds!   In 2018, there will be monthly volunteer events open to the public each 2nd Saturday of the month!  Our next Saturday events will be Saturday, February 10th from 9 am until noon, and Saturday, March 10th from 9 am until noon.  Currently we are continuing to tweak the pruning that was just accomplished and need to start cleaning up the flowerbeds of fallen leaves and petals.  Our forest of camellia trees are also dropping their blooms which need to be picked up.  The events will last from 9 am until noon.  Bring your bypass clippers, gloves and buckets (we have some supplies loaned out on a first come first served basis), and come 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 please contact Hope to see you there!


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, February 10th. 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.


Land Park Volunteer Corps -  Join members of the community for the first Land Park Volunteer Corps workday of the season in William Land Park on Saturday, March 3rd at 9 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 noon). 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


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.


Active Transportation and Sustainability Volunteer or Intern - Provide support for varied transportation and sustainability programs in the Department of Public Works.  The volunteer or intern will support development of new content for City sustainability webpages, research transportation programs serving low-income and disadvantaged communities, such as electric car share, assist with siting bike parking location, assist with bike share program coordination including station siting, assist with data collection and data sharing research, assist with monitoring and data collection for property assessed clean energy financing programs.  Duration of assignment is 6 months, 16-20 hours per week.  To apply, click here:  


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.

Zoo Ambassadors needed! - The Sacramento Zoo Volunteer Program has launched a brand new, entry-level volunteer position called “Zoo Ambassador.” Zoo Ambassadors can fulfill a variety of different roles including Front Gate Greeter, grounds crew, Zoo events, and other projects as needed. Ages 15 and up, and volunteers are needed every day of the week. For more information and to submit your application, Visit the Sacramento Zoo Website.

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.

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

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.