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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

July 2018

The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include short-term as well as on-going activities. For further information contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317. Follow us on Twitter or visit us on Facebook.

Orientations and Training


Angelique Ashby’s Youth Action Corps – 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 the North Natomas Public Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835.  The meetings will take place in the Community Room. Next orientation will be Wednesday, July 25th from 6-7 pm.


SacZoo Volunteer Orientation - The Sacramento Zoo is currently accepting applications for zoo ambassadors, the Level 1 volunteer position. All new volunteers must begin as a zoo ambassador before moving on to additional programs. Zoo ambassadors can participate in a variety of different roles: Front gate greeting and assistance, Grounds clean-up, Special events, Other special projects.  All applicants must be 15 or older, complete an online application, and attend orientation.  The next orientation will be held in July.  After you complete an application you will receive more information about the orientation.  Once a zoo ambassador has completed a minimum of 15 volunteer hours, they have the opportunity to train in additional programs.  For more information and to sign up, visit:    


Sacramento Zoo Teen Volunteers Needed:  Applications Due July 25:  The Sacramento Zoo is seeking teens interested in animals, the Earth and our community! Zoo teens are a group of 13 - 19-year-olds who volunteer their time on weekends at the Zoo. Zoo teens develop their own ideals, views and passions to help encourage patrons to become better stewards of this planet. Find out more information and apply -- applications are due July 25!


Dog Foster Class - Help Front Street foster puppies and dogs. Save lives! Next Puppy and Dog Foster Class is Monday, August 6th from 6-7 pm at the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Register here:


Cat and Kitten Foster Class –There is no room for kittens at the shelter and they are in need of new volunteers to give kittens a temporary home for several weeks.  Help Front Street foster kittens and cats. Save lives! Next Kitten and Cat Foster Class is Saturday, August 11th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Register here: 


Sacramento CERT Class - SACRAMENTO CERT is a team of community members in the Sacramento region who have been trained in cooperation with the Sacramento City Fire Department (SFD) to respond to an emergency in their neighborhood, workplace, or wherever the need may arise.


The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training program that educates volunteer members about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire and utility controls, light search and rescue, disaster medical, disaster psychology, and terrorism.


The Sacramento Fire CERT program will be holding their Fall Academy from August 14th to September 1st (Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, Saturdays 8am-5pm).  There are no physical requirements to take the class, and teens are welcome to participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Classes from August 14th through August 28th will be held at 5770 Freeport Blvd. (Sacramento Fire Headquarters).  The last Saturday (September 1st) is a graduation drill and will be held at 2409 Dean Street, McClellan Park, CA. 


For more information about the Sacramento Fire CERT program, visit their web site at  You can register using their registration web site. Questions can be directed to Robert Ross at


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.

California State Fair 2018 – Summer’s biggest celebration of the Golden State returns to Cal Expo with food, rides, exhibits, live music and so much more from July 13th to July 29th.  Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815.  Volunteers are needed to staff the Sacramento County Exhibit and serve as greeters and information specialists. Various shifts available.  If you’d like to help, sign up for the Sac Event Crew:


Senior Softball – USA Western National Championships – More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States every day.  The best of the best will compete here in Sacramento in the USA Western National Championship tournament.  The tournament will take place at the Sacramento Softball Complex, 3450 Longview Drive, Sacramento, CA 95821 from July 31st to August 5th.  Volunteers are needed for various shifts to serve as score keepers and gate monitors and more.  If you’d like to help, please join the Sac Event Crew:


Walk of Stars Celebratory Gala - Each year, the Sacramento Walk of Stars honors National and Worldwide accomplishments made by those who call or once called the Sacramento region home. The 2018 ‘stars’ will be honored in August of this year (date to be announced). Following an Inductee Star unveiling and reception, top sponsors, Sacramento leaders and other celebrities are invited to attend and enjoy a (Black tie optional), Celebratory Gala at the Memorial Auditorium honoring the latest inductees. Sample volunteer positions: VIP Reception Greeters, Registration Check-in, Door Monitors. If you’d like to help, please join the Sac Event Crew:


Land Park Volunteer Corps -  Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday,  August 4th  at 8 am.  Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park. So grab a pair of gloves and pitch in (you’ll even get a breakfast boost from Espresso Metro at the beginning of the day and a free lunch after you finish at 11 am). The group meets directly behind Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Drive).  Groups and individuals are welcome.  For more information, contact lead coordinator Craig Powell at (916) 718-3030 or

Wide Open Walls Mural Festival & Wall Ball - The Wide Open Walls Mural Festival celebrates the relevancy and diversity of street art, and will transform walls and neighborhoods throughout the downtown area and beyond.  It will include many opportunities for the public to engage with the artists – including gallery openings, public mural tours, artists’ receptions and panels, First Friday and Second Saturday celebrations, the Wall Ball – an art-themed fundraiser for arts education – and the unique opportunity to watch artists as they create these large-scale works of art.  The Wide Open Walls (aka WOW) Mural Festival is taking place from August 9th through the 19th, 2018. It will bring over 40 artists – local, national and international – to the Sacramento area. This year’s event adds to the region’s already venerable history of mural painting – which has produced over 600 murals over the last 40 years. Sample volunteer positions: Artist Assistant, Artist Ambassador/Hospitality, Videographer Assistant, Merchandise Sales, and Art Installation Construction.  Wall Ball Fundraiser positions: Hospitality/Cleanup, Tear Down/Load Out, Ticket Takers/Greeters, Vendor/Volunteer Check-In, and Wine/Beer Pourers. If you’d like to help, please join the Sac Event Crew:


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, August 11th.  Adventure Playground is located at the Maple Neighborhood Center (formerly Maple Elementary School), 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824. To volunteer, contact Steve Caudle, Play Manager: or (916) 222-3831.  


McKinley Park Rose Garden – Deadheading Our 1,200 Roses! - Yes, this is the rose garden shown in the movie "Lady Bird!" Located at the corner of 33rd and H Streets, and overseen by the nonprofit Friends of East Sacramento, we welcome volunteers of all ages, all 12 months of the year. Our 1.5-acre garden has 1,200 roses and eight perennial beds. In 2018, we've started monthly volunteer events open to the public each second Saturday of the month. On Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. - noon, please join us to deadhead the roses. We will be pruning off anything that wouldn't look gorgeous in a bouquet. We'll be doing this for the rest of the year up through November. Trainers will be on hand to show you how it's done. We do have some supplies we loan out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can bring your own garden gloves, buckets, hand trowel or bypass clippers, please do, and we recommend wearing a hat or visor, and closed-toed shoes are a must!  Any minors attending the events will need to bring a signed volunteer waiver form. Please come out and help us keep the Rose Garden beautiful, healthy and movie-worthy! There are also opportunities for individual volunteer orientations: Once trained, you can come volunteer on your own schedule. For more information or to get the volunteer waiver form, please contact Hope to see you there!


Ice Cream Safari Come to the 35th Annual Ice Cream Safari at the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, August 18th.  Volunteers are needed from 9 am to 8 pm.  A variety of assistance is needed:  beverage station, café assistant, event clean-up, event set-up, face painting, games assistant, gift shop, ice cream truck, ice distribution, popsicle station, supply runners, and more.  If you’d like to help, please sign up here.


Tales and Ales - Local craft breweries will be on-site at Fairytale Town pouring tastes of their beers on Saturday, August 25th.  Enjoy live music by AKAlive on the Mother Goose Stage. Local food trucks—including Cecil’s Taste, Flavor Face and Slightly Skewed—will be onsite with food and beverages available for sale. Tales & Ales is all-ages fundraiser and proceeds will support Fairytale Town’s education programs and park improvements. Volunteer duties may include (but not limited to): Humpty Mascot costume or other costumes, helping prep activities, delivering supplies and ice, general set-up and take down. Please come prepared to do any of the above duties! Volunteers are needed from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Questions, contact Sarah at (916) 808-7979.  Sign up today:


Sacramento CERT Academy Disaster Response Drill - The Sacramento Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is looking for volunteer victims to assist at our Spring Academy on September 1st at 2409 Dean Street, McClellan Park, CA. Volunteers will be 'victims' for the Spring Academy class. Each victim will be given a set of symptoms to act out and CERT graduates will be sent in to locate, stabilize, rescue, triage, transport, and treat patients.  Youth and teens are welcome to participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Community Service Hours for youth are provided - please be sure to bring your letter for signature by the Operations Chief.  More information can be found on the ticketing web site Questions can be directed to Robert Ross at


Haggin Oak Golf Course Volunteers – Love golf?  Come volunteer as a Super Shop - Player Assistant for Haggin Oaks Golf Course, 3645 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821.  Volunteers are needed who have exceptional customer service and communications skills, are highly organized and team oriented, have a valid CA driver’s license, are computer literate and available weekdays, weekends and holidays. Golf and golf club knowledge preferred. For more information contact Bill Dixon at or call (916) 808-2533.


Senior Congregate Meal Volunteers - Seeking outgoing individuals who can assist with our daily lunch program and help promote a friendly, efficient environment. Duties may include: Assisting with greeting guests, recording meals served, orienting and helping new guests complete intake forms, socializing with seniors, assisting with individual needs, such as serving food and beverages, condiments, etc., and other tasks to create a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Volunteers work from approximately 10:15am-12:15pm, Monday through Friday (dependent on scheduling needs).  Desired qualifications: Positive, friendly attitude, willing to help with a variety of tasks, some detail-oriented in nature. May require some bending and lifting.

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


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


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


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

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

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

TechConnections -  It might be hard to believe but there are many people in Sacramento who don’t have access to the internet and have never learned to use digital technology.  As a TechConnections volunteer you will help teach seniors how to stay in touch with friends and family, access information and use apps and programs to bridge the digital divide.  TechConnections topics will include introduction to Computers, Microsoft office programs, iPad, Internet and Email, Apple products, tablets and more.  Once seniors have basic computer skills, they can send email, shop online, and participate in a technology-driven world. If this is something you think you are interested in and have the availability, please email our TechConnections Coordinator Quincia Burleson at or call the Hart Senior Center front desk at 916-808-5462.

McKinley Park Rose Garden - Seeking volunteers to help dead head the 1,200 rose bushes in our beautiful public garden under nonprofit management. To get started new and inexperienced volunteers need to complete a 30 minute training session. After that volunteers pledge to come back on their own schedule for approximately 1 hour a week. Help is needed April through November. For more information email

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

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

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

Adopt-a-Park Volunteer Program - Volunteers are invited to help with various one day or short-term stewardship activities in city parks, trails, and natural areas. Activities vary by season, and training and tools will be provided, so no prior experience is needed, only the desire to help. Opportunities are available in all neighborhoods, and many activities are great for large groups, families, or youth groups with adult supervisors. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes and are encouraged to bring a pair of work gloves. Service activities are available weekdays, and on occasional weekends. To help or for more information, please contact Richard Perez at (916) 808-2285.

Angelique Ashby's Youth Action Corps – Join neighbors and community members in one day and on-going volunteer stewardship activities. Volunteers under age 18 need an adult supervisor. Group activities can be scheduled during regular parks hours and on occasional Saturdays or Sundays. Parks Leadership Academy for Youth, also known as PLAY is an opportunity for middle and high school aged students to learn, apply and teach park maintenance techniques to other volunteers in their local parks. PLAY has made a huge impact on how our community views and treats our parks. There has been less graffiti, littering, and vandalism since PLAY has started. Other youths in our community recognize that their friends and/or classmates work hard to preserve our beautiful parks. Community members/groups and neighborhood associations are now more comfortable adopting parks, knowing that PLAY will be there to help guide them through a park maintenance event. To join PLAY, to help at a parks event or get more information, please contact Andre Favila or visit

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

Become a Foster Pet Provider and Help Save Lives - The Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter is looking for dedicated individuals or families with a satisfactory living arrangement willing to house an individual animal or animals that require extra time or attention to help them thrive and become available for adoption. Being a foster care provider is ideal for people who may not be able to commit to having a pet full time, but are willing to give a few weeks to make a huge difference in the life of a homeless pet. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to call (916) 709-7991 (dog foster) or (916) 764-6862 (cat foster) or check out our new foster website and sign up online at

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