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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

april  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.

 

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

 

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientist Trainings

 

Sacramento’s elm trees are disappearing! Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento in monitoring our remaining public elms for the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure that has taken the lives of thousands of elms across Sacramento since the 1990s. DED-infected elms will be removed by the City’s Urban Forestry Department to prevent the further spread of this unwelcome pest. This training will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to monitor elms in your neighborhood for symptoms of DED using your mobile device. STEP Citizen Scientists commit to monitoring selected elm trees three times between May and October.  Adults as well as youth are welcomed to volunteer.  Youth 16-18 may work independently, but youth under 16 require parent/guardian supervision.

 

For more information, visit www.sactree.com/STEP or call/email Jason Sullivan-Halpern at (916) 974-4310 or volunteer@sactree.com.

 

Thursday, April 20 
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community in Curtis Park
5:30 PM until 7:30 PM
Reserve your spot here

 

Saturday, May 20 
Breathe California of Sacramento in downtown
9:00 AM until 11:00 AM 
Reserve your spot here

 

 

 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 

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:
  • Saturday April 22
  • Saturday April 29 no practice Wheelchair Giants Try-Outs 
  • (No practice on May 6 – Baseball for All FREE Event) 
  • Saturdays May 13 & 20 (No program on Memorial Day Weekend May 27)
  • 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

 

Earth Fest at the Sacramento Zoo -  Join the Zoo in a celebration of nature, wildlife, and conservation on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Volunteers are needed to assist with crafts and games, face painting, and in the café and gift shop. Volunteers must be 15 years old to volunteer alone, and 13 years old to volunteer with an adult. Volunteers are especially needed for the Stuffed Animal Clinic! The Zoo has hosted the stuffed animal clinic for many years, but never in conjunction with Earth Fest. Kids bring their injured and ailing stuffed animals to get treatment and surgery from Stuffed Animal "vets", or their healthy animals for their normal checkup. We need volunteers to act as stuffed animal vets, receptionists, and surgeons (hand sewing skills required). Veterinary interest/experience is not required, though it may come in handy. It is a very fun task, especially if you enjoy interacting with kids! It is a free service, simply as a fun community outreach by our Vet hospital. To sign up, use the following link: Sac Zoo Earth Fest Volunteer Application. Spots are not guaranteed until confirmed by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Woodbine Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday April 22nd come out and walk the streets of Woodbine to beautify the neighborhood! You don’t have to be a resident to walk and it is more fun if you bring a friend or team. We will be starting from Woodbine Park, 2430 52nd Avenue, Sacramento 95822 at 9am and teams will take on streets to collect debris. Enjoy beverages and snacks provided by Councilmember Jay Schenirer. This is an awesome way to gain community service hours for school requirements! If you are under 18 years old please have a parent or guardian sign our volunteer waiver upon arrival. Please contact Zelia Gonzales at (916) 808-8552 or at zgonzales@cityofsacramento.org to volunteer or to receive more information.

 

Sacramento Open – Track and Field Event - City of Sacramento Access Leisure in partnership with V.I.P. Programs is seeking volunteers for this event. On SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 from 7:00AM-4:00PM volunteers are needed to assist at the Luther Burbank High School Football/Track Stadium 3500 Florin Road.  Volunteers will be working with youth and adults with intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities.  Volunteer opportunities at the Sacramento Open Track and Field Event include:

  • 6:30am - 4:00pm 8.5 hours (Only 4 to 6 volunteers needed for this job)
    Logistics
    Duties include: setting up canopies, distributing materials, sweeping the parking area, loading & unloading supplies, etc. (Volunteers will be given a 1 hour lunch break)
     
    8:00am - 4:00pm 8 hours
    Track Events
    Duties include: setting up the track area, timers, recorders, escorts, heat organizers, traffic control, finish line assistants, timers, encouraging the athletes, cleaning up the track area and returning supplies to the logistics team.
  • Field Events
    Duties include: setting up the field events area, heat organizers, escorts, spotters, timers, encouraging the athletes, cleaning up the events area and returning supplies to the logistics team. Awards Duties include: setting up awards area, announcing, presenting, organizing, recording, and clean up.

If you would like to volunteer at this program, please email your availability. to Michelle Tabarango at Mtabarango@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

Thank you For Your Service Sports Day -  Volunteers are needed to support a sports event for injured, ill or wounded veterans or injured active duty members of the Armed Forces on Thursday, April 27th at the Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center and the River Cats Independence Field, 2450 Meadowview Rd, Sacramento, CA 95832. This program invites injured, ill or wounded veterans or injured active duty members of the Armed Forces to a free day of handcycling, tandem cycling for those that are blind or have low vision, recumbent cycling, swimming, wheelchair softball, wheelchair basketball, shot put, discus and javelin, powerlifting, scuba, strength and conditioning training, archery, and rock climbing with Mark Wellman. For more information and to volunteer, please email Paula Black at Pblack@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

 

Star Wars Day at the Sacramento Zoo- The Sacramento Zoo celebrates all things Star Wars with costumed characters, photo ops, themed animal shows, and keeper chats! The event takes place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and volunteers are needed to assist at the front gate, café, and gift shop, as well as the photo station and trash pick up. To sign up, use the following link: Sac Zoo Star Wars Day Volunteer Application. Spots are not guaranteed until confirmed by the Volunteer Coordinator.

 

2017 Sports for Life! Soccer Tournament - Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th, Cherry Island Soccer Complex, 2429 U Street
Elverta, Ca. 95626. The Sports for Life! Soccer Tournament is a unique and exciting annual tournament for athletes 50+. Featuring both men and women’s divisions. We anticipate 25 or more teams, equaling roughly 450 athletes and fans across six fields. Action and skill are on display all day long! Looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic and ready to work! Volunteers assist the Tournament Director in a variety of duties throughout the tournament. Typical duties include event set up and take down, athlete check-in and age verification, headquarters assistance, replenishing refreshments for athletes, serving lunch to athletes on Saturday, customer service and other duties as assigned. This event may be used to earn community service hours for high school and college students. Check with your teacher/professor/counselor. Minimum age to volunteer is 16.  Volunteers under 16 may participate if accompanied by a responsible adult. Shifts are from 6 am to 12:30 pm and Noon to 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 29th and 6 am to 10:30 am and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 30th. For more information and to volunteer, contact Pat at 916-808-1593 or fiftypluswellness@cityofsacramento.org  Directions to Tournament location: (http://www.d6soccer.org/cherry-island/cherry_island_information.html)  

 

Creek Week - Anyone who values the Sacramento Valley watershed — including the natural creeks in our communities — and who would like to participate in the ever-challenging effort to preserve our region’s fragile — and vulnerable — creeks is invited to volunteer for the great Creek Week clean-up along our waterways.  The City of Sacramento will be hosting sites in the Natomas/North Sacramento area and in Laguna on Saturday, April 29th from 9 am to 12 noon.  Sign up online to volunteer for Natomas/North Sacramento:  http://www.creekweek.net/vnatomas.html or South Sacramento/Laguna:  http://www.creekweek.net/vsouthsac.html Questions?  Contact  Melinda at 916-212-6589 or melindabradbury@sbcglobal.net  for Natomas/North Sacramento or Vince at 916-428-1171 ext. 21 for South Sacramento/Laguna. This is a family-friendly event.

 

Land Park Volunteer Corps - Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday, May 6th at 9 am.  Everything in the park has grown with all the rain.  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

 

Marketing Communications Intern - The Sacramento Zoo is looking for a motivated college intern who is pursuing a career in Marketing, Public Relations, Brand Management, or a related field. The Sacramento Zoo Marketing Communications Intern will report directly to the Director of External Affairs but will receive job duties and guidance from all members of the Marketing and External Affairs Department. The Marketing Intern will be responsible for maintaining marketing calendars, writing blogs, staff profiles and other material, photo and video collection and organization, social media support and a variety of other marketing duties. The Marketing Intern will participate in guest surveys and market research, and will help maintain some aspects of the Zoo’s social media presence. The intern must be available during the Summer 2017. All applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Brooke Coe, Volunteer Coordinator, at bcoe@saczoo.org. Final submission date is May 12, 2017.

 

Wine and Brew at the Zoo -  On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Sacramento Zoo will host one of Sacramento’s best events – Wine & Brew at the Zoo and volunteer support is needed! A sell-out event in its first year, patrons will enjoy samples of local wine and beer from some of the Sacramento region’s favorite wineries and breweries. This exclusive after-hours event features a silent auction, live music and tons of fun! Volunteer tasks include vendor parking and assistance, silent auction, greeter, supply distribution, area captain, and trash pickup.  This is a 21 and over event, and most tasks are for volunteers who are 21 and over only. All age tasks (for ages 15 and up) include event set up, event clean up, and parking monitor. Please sign up here:  Sac Zoo Wine and Brew Volunteer Application

 

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:  May 13, 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

 

Family Night at Oak Park Community Center – Volunteers are needed to help Thursday, May 18th from 3-8 pm for the May Family Nite – Summer Kick-off at the Oak Park Community Center located at 3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Sacramento.  Thirteen volunteers are needed to help with set-up of vendor tables, game stations and the kid’s station.  Volunteers will be assigned different activities such as passing out tickets for the food truck, assisting with vendor and entertainment check-in, event clean-up and more. Volunteers should be at least 16.  For more information and to volunteer contact Kimberly Clark: kclark@cityofsacramento.org or call (916) 808-6151.

 

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.