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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

February  2017


Orientations and Trainings:


Docent Training - The Sacramento History Museum is looking for new docents and docent assistants. 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:  The submission deadline is March 3, 2017. 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 call (916) 808-6896.


Sacramento CERT Level III (Basic) Qualification Training


The Level III Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

This is the entry level qualification for the Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team.

This program involves training over a three-week period, typically with Tuesday night and Saturday sessions. The next training session begins March 2017.

The courses to be covered are:

•           Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness

•           Unit 2: Fire Safety and Utility Controls

•           Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations – Part 1

•           Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations – Part 2

•           Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations

•           Unit 6: CERT Organization

•           Unit 7: Disaster Psychology

•           Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT


Level III CERT qualification is a pre-requisite for all advanced training, and for participating in any CERT activities.

Classes are scheduled periodically.  Please use the “Contact Us” form to request being added to the roster for our upcoming classes:


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 or call/email Jason Sullivan-Halpern at (916) 974-4310 or


Saturday, April 8 
Coloma Community Center in Elmhurst 
9:00 AM until 11:00 AM 
Reserve your spot here


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:

Dr. Seuss Book Drive:  The City of Sacramento (George Sim Community Center) and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. are hosting the annual Dr. Seuss BOOK DRIVE.  Seeking new and gently used books for youth and teens. (The books do not have to be Dr. Seuss books.)  These books will be used at the annual Dr. Seuss Literacy event to be held on Sat. Feb. 25, 2017.  For those seeking community service credit – one service credit shall be awarded for each book donated.  Donations can be dropped off at the George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan Street Sacramento, Ca 95824,  Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm.


For more information:


Weather Refuge Center Blanket and Hot Chocolate Drive:   The City of Sacramento is looking for donations of new blankets and hot chocolate packets for the Weather Refuge Center for the Homeless. Each night, more and more people arrive at the center escape these freezing nights on the streets and the blanket supply is running very low.  To donate: Please drop off new blankets and hot chocolate packets to the Goodwill Office, 8001 Folsom Blvd., Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95826. For more information, contact:  Valeri Mihanovich at  or (916) 447-7063 x101 or Mary Lynn Perry at (916) 808-8317 or email:


 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: 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 

Hagginwood Community Center Homework Helpers -  Volunteers are needed now until May to serve as Homework Helpers at the Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Boulevard, Sacramento 95815.  Volunteers will mentor K-7 students who are working on homework assignments, developing literacy and mathematics skills. Volunteers will provide help with all academic subjects up to the 7th grade level. Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with students of all ages in small groups and individually. A volunteer commitment through May 11, 2017 is requested. Homework sessions are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 3-4 pm and on Wednesdays from 1-2 pm.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.  For more information and to volunteer, contact, DeDee Cornelius: Or apply on-line:


Mass Casualty Exercise - Sacramento Fire is requesting volunteers for a Mass Casualty Exercise series being held at the old Red Lion Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento from January 30 to March 9.  Location map:  The drill scenario is a fire at a convalescent home.  Volunteers should wear old clothing that could be stained.  There will be two drill sessions per day: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  Volunteers working the AM shift should be on scene ready to check in at 8:30 am, volunteers for the afternoon shift should be on scene ready to check in at 1:00.   Sacramento Fire would like to see around 20 victims per shift if possible (we can accommodate more, but 20 is the 'sweet spot').  This drill is open all who would like to participate. Please print, complete, and bring this form with you:  Dates volunteers are needed:  February 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, March 1, 3, 9.  For more information and to volunteer contact Robert Ross: Groups are welcome.

Mulching at John Mackey Park, Thursday, February 16 - Come mulch trees with the Sacramento Tree Foundation! Over the past few years, large oak trees have been lost across Mackey Park Disc Golf Course, 1910 Kenwood Street, Sacramento, and volunteers have planted more to restore the original habitat. This event will focus on mulching each tree to reduce weeds and help the tree retain moisture during dry periods. This is a great event for families, groups, and service organizations. Morning and afternoon shifts are available from 9am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm.  Sign up here.


 Weather Refuge Center Supports the Homeless - The City of Sacramento has opened a Weather Refuge Center for nights when temperatures reach below 40 degrees. This “Pilot” program continues through March 2017 on every evening when the temperatures fall below 40 degrees. Volunteers are needed to help provide staffing for the center throughout the night for two shifts (5:45 p.m. – 12 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 6 a.m.). The weather refuge center is located at the Southside Park Pool House at Southside Park, 2107 6th Street, Sacramento, 95814. Security will be provided as well as snacks, drinks, and blankets for people who utilize the weather refuge center. Please sign-up if you are interested in volunteering for this effort and we will alert you when volunteers are needed (and you will be needed!) Volunteers must be at least 18.  Thanks, in advance, for your interest!  Please sign up here.

Community Gardens Marketing and Communications Intern or Volunteer  - The intern/volunteer will assist with taking photos and video during events at our community gardens and related sites; and will assist with creating short info/film clips and other marketing items and tasks for the City Community Garden Program. This position will offer an intern or volunteer the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact the community and to utilize their marketing and communications skills.

Skills needed include: photography and video/film experience, communications, public relations, marketing or journalism experience, knowledge of and experience using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), ability to multi-task and self-motivate, strong communications skills, Microsoft Office Suite, and graphic design skills.  Intern/volunteer needed 4-10 hours per week for a semester.  Minimum age is 16. More information contact Bill Maynard, or call: 916-808-4943.  Apply online: or send your resume and references to:


 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.


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 4th at 9 am.  Everything in the park has grown with all the rain this winter.  Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park for our first event of this year.  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


Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival – Fairytale Town will celebrate active and healthy living at the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival on Saturday, March 25th! Visitors will enjoy free play, games, healthy fun and more. Sutter’s medical personnel will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on healthy child development. Plus, local health organizations will be offering activities, games and information on healthy lifestyles. Visitors will also enjoy performances of The Adventures of Sir Enamel by Puppet Art Theater Company in the Children’s Theater.  Volunteers are needed to assist from 10 am to 4 pm with this fun event.  Sign up here:


Office Assistant – 4th R ProgramGreat opportunity to help families.  Volunteer will assist the 4th R program determine whether families qualify for child care assistance. Create letters, return phone calls and file.  High school graduate or some college.  Must be familiar with computers, Word, Excel, Publisher, office equipment and basic customer service.  Will communicate with families from diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds by letter and phone.  Volunteer will gain experience working within the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation program and will learn to work with families of diverse and low socio-economic backgrounds.  Schedule can be flexible, seeking a volunteer for 10 or more hours per week.  Location will be the 4th R child Care Program office at 5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento 95824. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Melanie Cancino at (916) 808-7205 or


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 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 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. To view listings visit:

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 or email: 

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: 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:

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 Kristina Swanson at or (916) 808-7108.