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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

May  2017

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 or mperry@cityofsacramento.org. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/sacvolunteers or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sacvolunteers

Orientations and Trainings:

 

Zoo Ambassadors Orientation - The Sacramento Zoo Volunteer Program has launched a brand new, entry-level volunteer position called “Zoo Ambassador.” The next orientation will be Saturday, May 27th from 9 am to 12 noon.  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.

 

District One Youth Programs Orientation – Councilwoman Angelique Ashby provides opportunities for middle and high school students plus young adults.  Volunteer projects include park clean-ups, Earth Day, Farmers Market, parades and events, District 1 Movie in the Park, community holiday events, social media marketing and more.  New volunteer orientations held Thursday, June 1st 5:30 pm, Friday, June 2nd 12 pm, Thursday, June 8th 11 am or Wednesday June 21st at 1 pm at North Natomas Library.  For more information visit:  www.angeliqueashby.com/youth or contact:  Elena Quintero, equintero@cityofsacramento.org

 

Fairytale Town Orientation – Fairytale Town has many ways to volunteer including special events, on-demand volunteering, Volun-Teen, Summer Camp Teaching Assistants and Adventure Playground.  To find out more about these wonderful opportunities, please come to the next volunteer orientation on Saturday, July 8th from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  For more information visit:  http://bttr.im/iqvwz

 

 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.  If you have any questions, please email Janice Wagaman at:  jwagaman@cityofsacramento.org. Or you can donate online.

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 or mperry@cityofsacramento.org 

FunCamp Teaching Assistants - Fairytale Town is looking for volunteer FunCamp Teaching Assistants from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. daily (Monday-Friday) for at least 2 weeks between June 19 to August 18, 2017 plus a 1.5 hour Orientation and a 3 hour Volunteer Training. The weeks do not need to be consecutive. Orientation is on May 25 or May 27 from 5:00pm to 6:30p.m. Volunteer Training Session is on June 10 or June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Our Summer FunCamp T.A.’s will work alongside the Teachers and Staff to facilitate fun hands-on activities for children ages 4 to 9 years old, assist camp staff with set up and clean-up of activity materials, supervise and assist children during activities and break times, and prepare snacks. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old with minimum 2.0 GPA. To apply please contact Sammi shawes@fairytaletown.org or 916-808-8884

 

Niello BMW Corporate Run 3.1 - Sac Sports’ 3rd corporate run will take place May 26th will challenge more than 1,000 workers from across the region to leave the office and race through Sacramento’s downtown, followed by the city’s biggest happy hour celebration. Volunteers are needed to serve as course marshals, and to help with race day registration/packet pickup, passing out medals and assisting in the beer pavilion.  Don’t wait! Visit http://saceventcrew.com/ and register to be part of our volunteer CREW.

 

Sacramento Junior Giants – Volunteers are needed as coaches, assistant coaches and team parents. Junior Giants is a free, noncompetitive, coed baseball program for under-served youth ages 5-18. Working together with local agencies, families and volunteers, Junior Giants reaches into communities and offers youth a chance to learn the basics of baseball during the summer while also discovering the importance of self-esteem and respect. Entering its 24th season, Junior Giants annually serves 25,000 participants in nearly 90 leagues. Junior Giants is more than just baseball and offers several distinct programs to further enrich a player’s experience. Players learn the Junior Giants Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork, as well as the importance of Education, Health and Bullying Prevention. Parents are needed to volunteer as either a coach, assistant coach or team parent. Please complete the registration process for the volunteer role that interests you.  Please review:  Coach Job DescriptionTeam Parent Job Description. All volunteers are required to register for a background check. Opening day is June 24th.  For more information or to register to volunteer visit:  http://sfjg-ssgs.siplay.com/site/ If you have questions or need help registering, contact Ken McCulloch:  kmcculloch@cityofsacramento.org

 

Dreamnight: Friday, June 2nd, 5pm-8pm. Dreamnight is a chance for children with chronic illnesses, disabilities or special needs and their families to visit the Zoo in a relaxed environment with other children and families who face similar challenges. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of different tasks for this event, including face painting, crafts, café, and gift shop. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old to volunteer alone, 13 years old with an adult. To apply, click here: Sac Zoo Dreamnight Application

 

SAVE MART GRAPE ESCAPE 2017 - Sacramento’s most popular wine tasting event returns June 3rd to Cesar Chavez Plaza with more than 50 regional wineries pouring throughout the evening. Attendees will also find bites from favorite local restaurants, craft beer, live music and much more. Don’t wait! Visit http://saceventcrew.com/ and register to be part of our volunteer CREW.

 

Land Park Volunteer Corps - Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday, June 3rd at 8 am.  Everything in the park is growing!  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 ckpinsacto@aol.com

 

Spring 2017 River Cats Independence Field Baseball Program – Volunteer as a Freedom Fan, a Wheelchair Softball Freedom Fan or Coach to assist youth and adults with intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities play the great game of baseball! Baseball.

  • Freedom Fans are volunteers ages 15 and older that pair one on one with River Cats Independence Field ballplayers. Responsibilities include assisting with mobility, fielding, and other participation for the ballplayer's who benefit from this support. May include getting in a sports wheelchair and playing alongside athletes that use wheelchairs
  • Wheelchair Softball Freedom Fan are volunteers age 16 and older that will assist in Wheelchair Softball practice, scrimmage, and tournament play.  Responsibilities include, assist with equipment set up and take down, play on field, may include getting in a sports wheelchair and playing alongside athletes that use wheelchairs.
  • Coach - Responsible for working with an assistant coach to teach the basic skills of Baseball, encourage fair play and teamwork, and have FUN! Must arrive 15 minutes prior to your players.

 All Games will be played at River Cats Independence Field 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832. Check www.accessleisuresac.org for current schedule prior to submitting your volunteer application to assure you are available for games dates and times. 

  • Upcoming Schedule:
  • Saturdays June 3 & 17 (No program on June 10 – Adaptive Swim Program @ Pannell CC
  • Saturday, June 24th – Final game and awards 

 

*10:00AM Practice/ 11:00AM Game Time ages 5-13 - (9:30-12:00) Volunteer hours

*12:00PM Practice / 1:00PM Game Time ages 14 and older - (12:00-2:00) Volunteer hours

 

Register here: 

RCIF Fall 2016 Baseball Program Volunteer Registration - PDF

 

RCIF Fall 2016 Baseball Program Volunteer Registration - DOC

 

For more information on these events, contact Jenny Yarrow at (916) 808-6017 or jyarrow@cityofsacramento.org. For more information about Access Leisure and their programs for youth and adults with intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities, visit:  www.accessleisuresac.org

 

90th Birthday Party: Saturday, June 7th, 9am-4pm. Help celebrate the Sacramento Zoo’s 90th birthday! Volunteers are needed for the following tasks: Bounce House/Sno Cones, or Games/Face Painting. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old to volunteer alone, 13 years old with an adult. To sign up, click here: Sac Zoo 90th Birthday Volunteer Application

 

Summer Camp Volunteers - Powerhouse Science Center is holding its annual Summer Camp that begins mid-June and ends in the beginning of August and it runs best with help from volunteers like you! Our weekly experiments range from biology of the wilderness to learning of the forensic world and then we get out of this world with our space camp and many more! Volunteers must be 16 and older and must dedicate one full week of volunteering to the Science Center over summer.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at dshibko@powerhousesc.org for more information!

 

Community Days - 2nd Saturday of each month February-November. 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. Dates volunteers needed:  June 10,  July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11.  Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Community days are the 2nd Saturday of each month February-November. Adventure Playground is located at the Maple Neighborhood Center (formerly Maple Elementary School), 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824. Apply online: http://bttr.im/iqvwz

 

USA TRACK & FIELD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 - The best track and field athletes in the country will compete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships this summer at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium on June 22nd. Volunteers positions may include: Airport Greeter, Results Runner, Athlete Hostess, Credential Processing/Packet Pickup, and Hurdle Crew. Don’t wait! Visit http://saceventcrew.com/ and register to be part of our volunteer CREW.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy - Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed comedic play comes to life at Fairytale Town, along with all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! Join us for a magical midsummer’s eve featuring multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an enchanted marketplace and more! Volunteers will be needed to assist with this special event on Saturday, June 24th from 4-9:30 pm.  Volunteers must be 13 or older. For Midsummer Night's Dream we are asking volunteers to wear Renaissance, fairy themed clothing!  See our Pinterest board for inspiration. Apply online: http://bttr.im/iqvwz

 

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 2017 - The summer’s biggest celebration of the Golden State returns July 14th to Cal Expo with food, rides, exhibits, live music and so much more. Volunteer positions may include, Greeters/Information specialists at Sacramento County Exhibit. Don’t wait! Visit http://saceventcrew.com/ and register to be part of our volunteer CREW.

 

Wild Games: Saturday, July 29th, 5pm-8pm. 21 and over event! Guests can play like a kid and party like an adult! Volunteers 21 years and over are needed to assist with a variety of games and tasks, including: inflatable monitors, games stations, face painting, bar/café, and Zoo attractions. To sign up, click here: Sac Zoo Wild Games Volunteer Application

 

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 at volunteers@powerhousesc.org   or complete the online form

 

Hart’s Healthy Pantry Seeking Two New Volunteers!

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, bag groceries, 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. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.  Length of commitment- Volunteers will serve from approximately 10:30am-1pm the day of each monthly distribution and we request that volunteers make a 6 month commitment (dependent on scheduling needs). Interested in volunteering in this program? Contact Alicia Black at ablack@cityofsacramento.org to request a volunteer application.

 

Hart Senior Center- All Seasons Café Congregate Lunch Program

Seeking outgoing individuals who can assist on Monday and/or Friday with our daily lunch program for adults age 60+ and help promote a welcoming, efficient environment. Monday duties may include: Assisting meal site coordinator with preparation tasks before program opens, greeting guests at the registration table, taking reservations and recording meals served, orienting and helping new guests complete intake forms, socializing with seniors, and other tasks to create a hospitable, supportive atmosphere. Desired qualifications- Positive, friendly attitude, detail oriented. Volunteers work from approximately 10:30am-12:15pm.

Length of commitment- Approximately three months.  Friday duties may include: Assisting meal site coordinator with preparation tasks before program opens including unpacking bi-weekly meal delivery, assisting with individual guest needs, such as serving food and beverages, condiments, etc., and other tasks to create a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Volunteers work from approximately 9:30am-12:15pm. Desired qualifications- Positive, friendly attitude, willing to help with a variety of tasks. Requires some bending and lifting.

Length of commitment- Approximately three months.  Interested in volunteering in this program? Contact Alicia Black at ablack@cityofsacramento.org to request a volunteer application.

 

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 at ablack@cityofsacramento.org to request a volunteer application.

 

TechConnections - Teach older adults how to use iPads, iPhones and more! - Volunteers are needed to provide instruction and assistance to older adults (age 50+) on the use and applications of Apple products. This is not a lecture-only class as each student (6 students maximum) will bring their own device to class while the instructor walks them through step-by-step configurations to personalize and become more familiar with their IOS device.

Desired qualifications: Interpersonal skills-patience, good communication skills, comfortable speaking in front of small groups, enjoys working with others, teaching experience is a plus. Volunteer must bring and use own device for teaching, curriculum will be provided.

Technical skills: Proficient in care and maintenance of IOS devices (iPad, iPhone and MacBook). Knowledge of Apple ID, iCloud, security, settings and managing photos is a necessity.

Length of commitment: Classes are offered Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8am-5pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available. iPad classes meet for four 1 ½ hour lessons and iPhone classes meet for two 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 at ablack@cityofsacramento.org 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 friendsofeastsac@aol.com

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. To view listings visit: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Clerk/Legislative-Bodies/Boards-and-Commissions.

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 http://saceventcrew.com/ 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: http://saceventcrew.com/. We look forward to having you join our team.   For further information, contact Danielle Ferroni-Paulsen, dferroni@visitsacramento.com

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 or email: rperez@cityofsacramento.org 

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: Elena Quintero: equintero@cityofsacramento.org or 916-410-4998.

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 or email:  equinonez@cityofsacramento.org

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 www.sacpetsearch.com.

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 Kristina Swanson at kswanson@cityofsacramento.org or (916) 808-7108.