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Youth Volunteer Opportunities & Resources

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 Training

 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:

August 19th -  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!

 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:


 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.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities Short-term 


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!


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

Zoo Teen - Applications are now open for the August 2017 to May 2018 program. Zoo Teens are a group of 13 to 19 year olds interested in animals, the Earth, and our community who volunteer their time on weekends at the Sacramento Zoo. Zoo Teens will develop their own ideals, views, and passions, to help encourage zoo patrons to become better stewards of this planet. If they are accepted into the program they will volunteer 8 weekend hours per month, maintain a 2.75 grade point average and attend all required orientations and training. For more information, visit: Deadline to apply July 24th.


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. Volunteers must be 13 or older. Apply online:    


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


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 11Volunteer 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 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:



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:


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.


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:  


Sacramento Sports Commission Brand Ambassadors - We’re looking for energetic, self-motivated people to promote Sacramento area sporting events. This is a great opportunity for high-school students or college students looking to be part of Sacramento’s coolest sport and community events volunteer team. Primary role: Greet guests at local events, and other designated locations during upcoming sport -related events in the Sacramento area. No experience required! Orientation/Open House date to be determined. Don’t wait! Send a note of interest today to:

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:

Parks Volunteer Program – Volunteers are invited to help with various 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.  One day or short-term service activities are also available. To help or get more information, please contact Richard Perez:  or (916) 808-2285.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities On-going

Animal Care:

Front Street Animal Shelter
Description: Operates the City of Sacramento’s animal shelter, providing shelter and care to abandoned dogs, cats, rabbits, etc., with the goal of finding them a safe and nurturing home.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with shelter chores, special events, handling and exercising dogs
and cats, office work, adoption clinics and education
Min Age: 12 with adult supervision
Contact: Janice Wagaman, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-8166
Address: 2127 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818
Prerequisites: Application and Orientation. Sign up online.

Sacramento Zoo
Description: Inspires appreciation, understanding and respect for all living things through stimulating education, wholesome recreation and innovative species management.
Volunteer Opportunities:
Summer Camp Counselor: Assist instructors with weeklong camp classes for children. Duties include crafts, games, enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, face painting, overnight camp programs, and more.
Zoo Teens: Zoo Teens are a group of 13 – 19 year olds interested in animals, the Earth, and our community who volunteer their time on weekends at The Sacramento Zoo. Zoo Teens will develop their own ideals, views, and passions, to help encourage zoo patrons to become better stewards of the Earth. Zoo Teens focus on educating the public about conservation, wildlife, and current events that affect the environment.
Min Age: 15
Contact: Sarah Musser, Teen Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808 - 7709
Address: 3930 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisite: Summer Camp Counselor applications available February through April. Zoo Teen applications available mid-April through June.

Arts, Culture and Museums:

Powerhouse Science Center and Discovery Museum
Description: A family-focused educational institution dedicated to enriching the lives of local residents and visitors to the Sacramento region by encouraging the exploration of history, nature, and space.
Volunteer Opportunities: Children’s weekend activities, museum store assistant, special events, and administrative support.
Min Age: 16
Contact: Diana Shibko, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-3942
Address: 3615 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95821
Social Media: Facebook: Discovery Museum and Space Center Twitter: @discoverysac
Prerequisites: N/A

Fairytale Town
Description: Fairytale Town is a nonprofit 2.5 acre outdoor children’s literacy museum, whose mission is to promote the imagination, education, and creativity of children.
Volunteer Opportunities: Fairytale Town is looking for mature, dedicated, hard-working volunteers that would like to give back to their community. Potential volunteers should have a clear goal in mind, and strive to achieve that goal whenever they give service. We strive to develop strong relationships with our volunteers, to keep them coming back year after year to renew their commitment to the community and Fairytale Town.
Minimum Age: 13
Contact: Martin Valencia, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808 - 7462
Address: 3901 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisite: Mandatory volunteer orientation offered quarterly
Apply online:

Sacramento History Museum
Description: Sacramento History Museum’s mission is to explore, interpret and display the region’s history from the days before the Gold Rush to the present.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers serve in all capacities including administrative work, assisting in museum store, special events set up/tear down, or student docent. Student docents can be gallery guides and lead museum patrons around the museum and answer questions they may have about the museum collections.
Minimum Age: 14
Contact: Zoey Jennings
Email:   Phone: (916) 808-7059
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Prerequisites: Application (found on our website); Docent positions will require training.

Old Sacramento Living History Program
Description: Living History volunteers are passionate about history and create re-enactments, lead tours, and participate in events.
Volunteer Opportunities: Historical re-enactments, costume workshops, living history days, and special tours. Events take place throughout the year. Monthly meeting on the second Saturday of the month at 10am.
Minimum Age: 14
Contact: Zoey Jennings
Email:    Phone: (916) 808-7059
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Prerequisites: Online application

Creating a Strong Community:

City of Sacramento – District One Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
Description: works on and participates in a number of events and projects aimed at serving the local community.
Volunteer Opportunities: Be a voice for youth in your community. Represent Vice Mayor Ashby and District One at events. Learn about governance and meet city officials. Create and participate in important service projects.
Min Age: 15 - 20 years old
Contact: Elena Quintero, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: 916 -410- 4998
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media: Facebook (
Prerequisites: Must be a resident or attend a school within District One. Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event:

City of Sacramento Volunteer Services
Description: The City of Sacramento offers a variety of short-term and on-going volunteer opportunities for youth and teens. Contact Mary Lynn Perry at to be added to the e-newsletter list for notification of upcoming events and programs needing volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunities: Animal care, park clean-ups, after-school programs, special events
Min Age: 12 (one-time events available for kids as young as 5 yrs. old).
Contact: Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-8317
Address: 915 I Street, Second Floor Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media:
Prerequisites: Application (Waivers for one time events).

Special Events Team
Description: – The Neighborhood Services/Special Events Department is recruiting volunteers for our Special Events Team. We are looking for volunteers to assist with various community events such as concerts, park days, and movie nights.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to assist with youth activities such as face painting, games, arts and crafts, supervising jump tents, and food service. We are looking for volunteers who have a positive attitude, are outgoing, and are team players. Volunteers must have reliable transportation and be available for weekend events.
Min Age: 16 with parental consent
 Contact: Erin Quinonez at (916) 808-8459 or email:

Address: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T Street, Sacramento
Prerequisites: Waiver

Sacramento Police Department - Police Cadet Program
Description: This program is part of the Sacramento Police Department’s Youth Services Unit. The curriculum is designed for individuals aged 14 to 20 interested in a law enforcement career.
Volunteer Opportunities: Police Cadets will receive training and hands-on experience in various aspects of law enforcement, leadership, physical fitness, life skills, and community service. Cadets will typically meet weekly.
Min Age: 14-20
Phone: (916) 808-3767
Address: 300 Richards Boulevard substation
Prerequisites: Application:


Sacramento Youth Commission

Description: The Sacramento Youth Commission is comprised of students who were appointed by the City Council Members and Mayor as a Youth representative of their district. Sacramento Youth Commission’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the quality of life for Sacramento Youth by advising the City Council and the Public on issues relating to youth policies, programs, and opportunities.
Volunteer Opportunities: Attend Sacramento Youth Commission Meetings and earn community service hours! Meetings start at 6:00pm.
Min Age: 14-19
Contact: LaQuisha Beckum  Email:   or call:  808-6525
Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA

Social Media: Facebook: 
Prerequisites: Application:

Helping Those with Disabilities:

City of Sacramento - Access Leisure
Description: Recreational opportunities for children, teens, adults and wounded, injured or ill veterans with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Volunteer Opportunities: River Cats Independence Field is a fully accessible baseball field made of a rubberized surface ideal for players with disabilities that use either manual or power wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or no assistive devices. This play opportunity is open to people with physical, intellectual and or developmental disabilities.
Min Age: 12 with parental attendance
Contact: Jenny Yarrow
Phone: 916 -808- 6017
Address:5734 47th Avenue – Sac. 95824
Prerequisites: Individuals must be energetic, creative, sports minded and patient while being a positive role model. The best volunteers are enthusiastic, and caring, using their own initiative and creativity. Must be emotionally mature.

Access Leisure/Paralympic Sport Sacramento. As such, we offer sport opportunities such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, goalball, handcycling, and track & field. These opportunities are open to teens, youth, adults and veterans with physical or visual disabilities.
Min Age: 18
Contact: Jenny Yarrow
Phone: 916 -808- 6017
Address:5734 47th Avenue – Sac. 95824
Prerequisites: Individuals must be energetic, sports minded and patient, understanding of recreation activities suitable for children, teens and adults with a range of ability levels. Passion for outdoor activities and sport experiences. Some events may require lifting.

Social and fitness programs are community wide activities open to teens and adults with intellectual disabilities to help enhance social skills and fitness. Activities include trips to the movies, table games,
walking for fitness, weekly bowling, and crafts programs.
Min Age: 16
Contact: Jenny Yarrow or Paula Black Sinclair
Phone: 916 -808- 6045 or 916 -808- 1205
Address:5734 47th Avenue – Sac. 95824
Prerequisites: Individuals must be energetic, creative, sports minded and patient while being a positive role model. The best volunteers are enthusiastic, and caring, using their own initiative and creativity. Must be emotionally mature.

Protecting the Environment

City of Sacramento – Water Conservation
Description: We are here to help City of Sacramento customers use water wisely, which both preserves our limited water resources and can save customers money on their utility bills.
Volunteer Opportunities: most of our volunteer opportunities take place during the spring and summer. Volunteers will help put together packets for home owners, organize and help inventory supplies, prepare mailings and door hangers. Volunteers may also be utilized to help out at community outreach events and distribute door hangers throughout the community.
Min Age: 13+ (9+ with parent or guardian supervision)
Contact: Maureen Coulson
Phone: 916 -808- 5605
Address: 2260 Glen Ellen Cir., Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisites: complete a volunteer application.

City of Sacramento Parks
Description: Maintains more than 210 parks and open spaces, totaling more than 2,000 acres.
Volunteer Opportunities: One-day and special events for groups only. Activities vary by season and include but are not limited to: gardening, weeding, pruning, planting, brush clearing, spreading mulch, litter and invasive plant removal, and playground or play field preservation or improvement.
Min Age: 18 & younger with Adult
Contact: Richard Perez, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-2285
Address: 5730 24th Street, Building 3 Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisites: Application online

City of Sacramento – District One Parks Leadership Academy for Youth (PLAY)
Description: Consists of middle and high school aged students who learn, apply and teach park maintenance techniques to other volunteers in their local parks.
Volunteer Opportunities: Beautify parks throughout Natomas. Oversee clean-up events for other organizations, including registration, tool distribution, training, etc... Lots of individual, partnered, and group opportunities.
Min Age: Middle school or high school students
Contact: Elena Quintero, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: 916 -410- 4998
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media: Facebook (
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event:

City of Sacramento – District One Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT)
Description: Members utilize and/or learn marketing, project management, and/our community outreach skills. They will help start or rejuvenate existing park volunteer programs.
Volunteer Opportunities: Recruit organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations to participate in park clean-up events. Take on park-related projects from start to finish. Learn and utilize important skills like marketing, planning, writing, etc...
Min Age: High school students
Contact: Elena Quintero, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: 916 -410- 4998
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media: Facebook (
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event:

Youth Volunteer Projects

The following projects work well for groups and individuals. If you would like more information about a specific project, please contact the individual listed.

Craft supplies are needed by several programs. Supplies of yarn, fabric, buttons, ribbons, beads and other items can be collected and shared with one or more of the following programs:

  • 4 th R after school program for K-6 students (numerous sites) - contact Corina Fong at 916-808-6025 or email:
  • Triple R day care program for adults 50 and over with memory loss - contact Nina Moran at the Hart Senior Center 916-808-8375 or email

Used magazine drive - Triple R day care program for adults 50 and over with memory loss needs used magazines at their sites. To make arrangements, contact Nina Moran 916-808-8375 or email:

Make quilted, crocheted or knitted lap robes for elderly individuals with memory loss participating in the day program with "Triple R".  To discuss arrangements contact Nina Moran at the Hart Senior Center (916) 808-8375 or email:  This program has several sites.

For more information or to discuss a special project, please contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at 916-808-8317 or email:

Youth Volunteer Resources