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Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

September  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:


 District One PLAY Orientation – Councilmember Angelique Ashby is offering new volunteer opportunities for District One youth from middle school through college – your gateway to youth internships, scholarships, jobs and more.  Volunteer projects include park clean-ups, Earth Day, farmer’s market, parades and events, movies in the park, holiday and community events, social media/marketing and more.  An orientation is required.    For any questions contact:  Andre Favila at Or visit: orientations will be held at North Natomas Public Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835.

Upcoming PLAY Orientation:

  • Thursday, September 21, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm


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:


Help People File Their Taxes - Your help is needed! Together we can make sure that working families throughout Sacramento are able to keep their hard-earned money.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) helps bring back millions of dollars to working families in our community by providing free tax assistance for low and moderate income households. Last year, the Coalition for Working Families helped keep more than $6 million in the pockets of residents by coordinating the VITA program. This success is only possible through a dedicated volunteer base. In 2016, the Capital Region VITA Coalition trained and certified nearly 270 volunteers and surpassed all tax season expectations, but still fell short serving all the Sacramento families that needed VITA services. We simply need more volunteers. Please tell your friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers that we need them to volunteer, too!

Classroom or online training is required for all new volunteers and begins in November. For more information and to sign up, 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

The 2nd Annual Latino Community Festival - Councilmember Larry Carr and the Latino Advisory Committee present the 2nd Annual Latino Community Festival! Come volunteer at an event celebrating Latin Culture in all its diversity. There will be food trucks, games and art, job/health/school resources, and more family fun. The event will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, at 11am-3pm, and will be located at Nielsen Park (7596 Center Parkway Sacramento). Volunteers must sign-up by Friday, September 15th online:


United Way’s Day of Caring - Day of Caring is a two day, region-wide volunteer opportunity giving you the chance to pick the project, day and time that works for you! Support the City of Sacramento’s agencies and volunteer at Tahoe Park, McKinley Park or the Powerhouse Science Center. Pick a project: and join 1,500 fellow volunteers on September 22 – 23. From sorting food to painting or transforming a school, there is something for everyone. The participating nonprofits need you to bring a friend (or two) and gather your coworkers for this fun-filled and rewarding day. Day of Caring brings together business leaders, nonprofits, school sites, community centers and volunteers across the region to work on service projects that will make an impact. Before the volunteer projects begin, United Way will host an exciting kick-off rally on Friday, Sept. 22 at Cal Expo where you can pick up your volunteer t-shirt. Even if you can’t volunteer, you are welcome to join us for the rally! Or you can help by donating school supplies to the Stuff the Bus  school supply drive We can’t wait to make Day of Caring the biggest volunteer event in our region.


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:

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 Sacramento through tree planting and care activities. Since summer is too hot to plant, they're throwing a Mulch Madness party at Haggin Oaks Golf Course on September 27th from 1-4 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.  Sign up to volunteer here:  

Land Park Volunteer Corps - Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday, October 7th at 9 am.  Everything in the park is growing!  Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park. So grab a pair of gloves and pitch in (you’ll even get a breakfast boost from Espresso Metro at the beginning of the day and a free lunch after you finish at noon). The group meets directly behind Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Drive).  Groups and individuals are welcome.  For more information, contact lead coordinator Craig Powell at (916) 718-3030 or


5th annual Paws to Party “Under the Big Top” - The Front Street Animal Shelter needs volunteer help with our 5th annual Paws to Party “Under the Big Top” fundraiser on Friday, October 13, 2017! At the event, guests will enjoy amazing taste sensations from local restaurants, wineries and breweries.  You can help us put the FUN in fundraising with UNIQUE attractions such as our DEATH DEFYING SILENT AUCTION and our FORTUNE TELLING RAFFLE or get LUCKY WITH LIBATIONS with a great bottle from our WALL OF WINE.  Enjoy LIVE MUSIC and CLOWN AROUND in our Carnival SIDESHOW.  Volunteer opportunities are endless! Help with set up/clean-up, check in/check out, wine and beer vendor service, silent auction, and much more! Volunteers must be ages 16 and up for set up and clean up, while volunteers for the actual event need to be ages 21 and up. Volunteers are needed 2 pm to 6 pm for set up, 5 pm to 9 pm for working the event, and 8 pm to 11 pm for clean-up. Contact Janice Wagaman at  or call 916-808-8166 to sign up!


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. Dates volunteers needed:   October 14 and 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: or (916) 222-3831


Boo at the Zoo - The Sacramento Zoo is looking for volunteers to help us at this year’s Boo at the Zoo events! We will need volunteers on October 28th and October 29, 2017 between 10am and 5pm to help us do a variety of things including candy distribution, face painting, trash pick up, and more! Please follow this link in order to sign up to volunteer for this fun filled event!


Glenn Hall Adopt-a-Park Day – On Saturday, October 28th, join with Councilmember Jeff Harris, neighbors and friends for a clean-up day at Glenn Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Drive, Sacramento.  Volunteers will work from 9 am to noon to rake, prune, pick up trash and tidy up the park.  Please bring work gloves if you have them, wear closed-toed shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty.  For more information, contact David Gonsalves Groups and adults as well as teens are welcome!


Fall Family Festival, Monday October 30th - Lend a helping hand at Hagginwood Community Center for the Fall Family Festival on Monday, October 30th! We need volunteers ages 15 and up to help from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Volunteer tasks include: carnival activities, serving food, handing out candy, checking in attendees and crowd control. Hagginwood Community Center is located at 3271 Marysville Blvd Sac 95815. To volunteer or learn more info, please contact DeDee Cornelius at  or call 918 808-6114.


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:  Andre Favila at 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 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