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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

July  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 Follow us on Twitter: or visit us on Facebook:

Orientations and Trainings:


Cat Foster Training - Want to help save lives?  Interested in being a Foster?  Then come to this mandatory introductory class on cat fostering with the Front Street Animal Shelter.  All fosters must take this class before they can foster a cat or kitten for the shelter.  You will learn about bottle babies, kitten care, moms & babies, hospice care, respite care, and medical fostering.  After learning about each type of foster care, you will choose the type of cat you would like to foster. 


Please note:  Volunteers under the age of 18 cannot foster without their parent/guardian.  If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian MUST attend the class with you!


Upcoming dates:

8/19/2017 10-noon


Sign up to attend by creating a volunteer profile at the Front Street Animal Shelter.  Here's how:


Visit our website at  

  • Click on the Be a Foster Parent icon and read over our foster volunteer program information
  • Click on the Become a Foster Volunteer button. 
  • Enter the username and password of your choice.
  • Complete the foster volunteer questionnaire
  • Then sign up for a foster class!
  • Click the Opportunities tab in your newly created volunteer profile, scroll down to the Training Opportunities category and click on Cat Foster Class (or Dog Foster Class, if you want to foster dogs!)
  • Select the next available date that meets your schedule and click Sign Up.  Please do not sign up for more than one date!  Thank you for helping Front Street save lives!

Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training -  The 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, and involves training over a three-week period beginning August 22nd, with Tuesday night and Saturday sessions.  All students must complete an application on our web site ( ) prior to registration.  If you have already completed an application, you do not need to do so again.  Due to the popularity of the program and limited seating, we are seeking attendees who can confirm they will be able to attend all sessions. 


The class schedule for the Sacramento CERT Level III Basic Course is as follows:

•           Session 1 - Disaster Preparedness - Tue, August 22, 6pm – 9pm

•           Session 2 - Fire Suppression/Search and Rescue - Sat, August 26, 8am – 5pm

•           Session 3 - Team Organization/Disaster Psychology - Tue, August 29, 6pm – 9pm

•           Session 4 - Disaster Medical 1/2 - Sat, September 2, 8am – 5pm

•           Session 5 - Terrorism/Review - Tue, September 5, 6pm – 9pm

•           Session 6 - Graduation Drill - Sat, September 9, 5pm – 11pm (McClellan)

Sessions 1-5 will be held at Sacramento Fire Headquarters at 5770 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento.  Session 6 will be held at 2409 Dean St, McClellan Park, CA 95652.  If you have any questions, please email  and we will address your questions in the order they are received.



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, October 14th from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  For more information visit:


 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: 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 

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 for more information!


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 and register to be part of our volunteer CREW.


July Family Night at Oak Park Community Center - Come help at Oak Park Community Center's July Family Night to create some fun in the sun! There will be water balloons, water games, water fun, refreshments, and resources.  The Family Night will be on Thursday, July 20, 2017. They will need 30 volunteers to help with set-up, work carnival games and to help us break down and clean up from 3pm – 8pm. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old. For more info, contact Kimberly Clark at (916) 808 - 6151 or


Screen on the Green – Volunteers are needed to help with this fun movie night at Gardenland Park, located at 310 Bowman Avenue, Sacramento on Saturday July 29th from 7pm to 9 pm.  The movie will be Lego Batman.  Volunteers will help distribute popcorn and assist with the event.  Minimum age to volunteer is 14. To sign up contact:  David Guerrero at


 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


Cat and Fiddle Music Festival - Hey Diddle, Diddle! It’s two days of music and fun in the summer sun at Fairytale Town! The whole family will enjoy rockin’ daytime family concerts on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th from 10 am to 4 pm to assist with the festival.  Duties Tasks may include: costumed characters, maintenance, arts and crafts, greeters, stage hand, leaf raking and games and more. Apply online:   


Land Park Volunteer Corps - Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday, August 5th, 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 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


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:   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. To volunteer contact Steve Caudle, Play Manager, at or call:  (916) 222-3831.


Ice Cream Safari - The Sacramento Zoo needs help on Saturday, August 19th at the 33rd annual Ice Cream Safari! Guests can get all-you-can-eat ice cream in cups, cones, sundaes, and floats and unlimited Coca-Cola beverages. Volunteers are needed from 3:30 pm to 9 pm to scoop ice cream, deliver supplies, distribute beverages, paint faces, and so much more! Volunteers must be 15 years or older to volunteer alone, or 13 years and older with an adult. If you would to volunteer, fill out the online application here: Ice Cream Safari 2017 Application


Mulch Madness - The City of Sacramento's park trees need volunteer care! Join in on the Mulch Madness party to help our community's trees make it through the long, hot summer. As part of their NeighborWoods Initiative, Sacramento Tree Foundation is working to support and empower the community's desire to improve South Sacramento through tree planting and care activities. Since summer is too hot to plant, they're throwing a Mulch Madness party at Pollack Ranch Park on August 19th, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, and at Nielsen Park on August 26th, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. We need your help caring for its magnificent trees! Water, tools, and training will be provided. All we need is for YOU to join our wacky volunteer crew as we spread mulch and perform various other tree care activities. 


  • Pollack Ranch Park: Saturday, August 19 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.  Sign up to volunteer here:


  • Nielsen Park: Saturday, August 26 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.  Sign up to volunteer here:


Legends of Wine - Celebrating the region’s wine production, local legends Darrell Corti and David Berkley hand-pick their favorite varietals for a celebration on the West Steps of the Capitol on Thursday, September 14th.  Volunteers are needed from 6-9 pm. Volunteer positions include help with set-up, volunteer check-in coordination and bussing tables. Apply online:


Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival - Join Fairytale Town for the 17th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival on Saturday September 16th and Sunday, September 17th, the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region! Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Enjoy back-to-back readings and presentations from authors and illustrators on the Mother Goose Stage, then shop at our official bookseller, Time Tested Books booth, to purchase your favorite story. Authors and illustrators will be available to sign books immediately following their presentations.  The festival also features storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, a Scholastic book fair and more! Plus literacy and arts organizations will be on hand to provide information about early childhood literacy programs offered in the region. For Children's Book Festival we are asking volunteers to wear children's book themed clothing or costumes!  Dr. Seuss or other literary costumes are encouraged! (you must be able to perform a variety of tasks if you dress up please keep this in mind). Volunteers are needed from 9:30 am to 4 pm each day.  To volunteer visit:


Farm-to-Fork Festival – This free festival will return to Capitol Mall showcasing the farms, food, drinks and so much more that make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital on Saturday, September 23. Volunteers are needed from 11 am to 6 pm. Now one of the state’s largest one-day food events, the free festival attracted more than 55,000 people in 2016. Volunteer positions may include: beer/wine pavilion, information booth, stage hand for chefs, and vendor move-in. Location will be at Capitol Mall Greens (Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814). Apply online:


Tower Bridge Dinner - Visit Sacramento will again host a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the Tower Bridge that highlights the farmers and chefs that help to define our region on Sunday, September 24th.  Volunteers are needed from 4:30-11 pm.  The dinner continues to serve as a crucial fundraiser for the free Farm-to-Fork Festival. Volunteer positions include: Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, Swag Bag Stuffer, Dessert Crew, Tableware Set-Up, and Beverage Help. Apply online:


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 at   or complete the online form


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


TechConnections at the Hart Senior Center! - Teach older adults (age 50+) how to get connected using computers and other devices! Volunteer to instruct or assist in a series of classes, short term workshops or provide individualized assistance. Teach/assist a maximum of six beginner or intermediate students using lessons designed for older adult learners. Topics may include Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Internet and Email, System Maintenance, Skype, tablets and more. The world of modern technology is ever changing, so help teach seniors how to stay in touch with friends and family, access information and use apps and programs to bridge the digital divide. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to share your computer knowledge and skills with older adults in our community. Volunteering with this program is a wonderful way to spend the free time you may have and can help build a resume and utilize your existing talents! Desired qualifications: Interpersonal skills-patience, good communication skills, comfortable speaking in front of small groups, enjoys working with others, teaching experience is a plus. Technical skills- experience using Microsoft software including Windows XP, Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating systems, Edge (formerly known as Internet Explorer), Microsoft Office suite, social media sites, etc.  Length of commitment: Classes are offered Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8am-5pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available. Most courses meet for six 1 ½ hour lessons. Volunteer commitment includes class time, (plus 15 minutes set up/shut down) and time spent reviewing curriculum before each lesson. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Alicia Black 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 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 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 Zoey Jennings  Phone: (916) 808-7059