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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. Follow us on Twitter or visit us on Facebook.

LATEST NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2018

Orientations and Training

 

Angelique Ashby’s Youth Action CorpsCouncilwoman 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:  www.AngeliqueAshby.com/youth  If you have any further questions, please contact AFavila@cityofsacramento.org   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 Thursday, September 20th from 3:30-4:30 pm.

 

Sacramento Zoo Volunteer Orientation – Please join the team at the Sacramento Zoo.  The 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 cleanup, special events and other special projects.  Zoo Ambassadors must be 15 years or older and must complete a Zoo Ambassador orientation.  The next orientation will be November 3rd.  Interested?  Please complete an online application here.

donations

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 or donate online. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Wagaman.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities Short-term 

 

The Great American River Cleanup (GARCU) – Saturday, September 15th – 9 to Noon - Join 1,000+ of your neighbors at one of 20 locations for this fun annual event! The GARCU is the American River Parkway Foundation’s largest annual cleanup on the 3rd Saturday in September, hosted in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers across the state of California come together to remove trash and debris from the state’s waterways. Locally several City of Sacramento Park locations will be included such as Sutter’s Landing and Sacramento Northern Bikeway Trailhead (C Street between 19th and 20th streets in Midtown Sacramento).  Wear work clothes and sturdy shoes and bring your own work gloves if you have them. Register here.

 

Stop and Help the Roses with the Friends of East Sac – Volunteers are needed for the United Way Day of Caring to help prune, mulch, weed, dead-head roses, rake, pick up litter, smell the roses, feel the sun and find some friends in the McKinley Park Rose Garden on Friday, September 21st from 9 am to 12 noon.  Volunteers will be meeting at the rose garden in McKinley Park at 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento 95816. Please wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring garden gloves, water and sharp rose clippers (these items can also be provided.)  Sign up here.

 

Tahoe Park Clean Up – For the third straight year, the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association is partnering with the United Way California Capital Region and their annual Day Of Caring campaign with a family friendly park beautification event Saturday, September 22nd from 9 am to 12 noon to help beautify Tahoe Park! We provide the tools, gloves and snacks! Family friendly with activities for all ages. Please wear closed-toed shoes and pants. Please click on the "tickets" link to officially sign up, or copy this URL into your browser: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/post/tahoe-park-clean-tahoe-park-neighborhood-association

 

District 8 Festival Latino - The Office of Councilmember Larry Carr needs volunteers for the District 8 ¡Festival Latino! The event will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at Nielsen Park, 7596 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA. Volunteers are needed from 8am to 5pm. Typical duties include: Set-up, clean-up, hand out information, staff areas of a park and directing people in the right way.  Please register here:  https://forms.cityofsacramento.org/f/Mayor_District8_Volunteers

 

Sacramento Cross Country Capital Cross Challenge - This will be the fourth annual Capital Cross Challenge and will take place at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, 3645 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento 95821 on Saturday, September 29th. For this event, along with the collegiate races, there will be several other races which will include high school, middle school and youth athletes. This year’s meet will be the largest in the race’s history with nearly 4,000 athletes competing. The meet is co-hosted by Sacramento State, the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Sacramento Running Association.  Volunteers are needed to serve as parking attendants. If you’d like to help, please join the Sac Event Crew:  www.saceventcrew.com

 

ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival - Join Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento 95822  for the 18th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th, the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region! 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. Volunteers are needed both days from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 12 Noon to 4 pm.  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). To volunteer, please sign up here:  http://bttr.im/iqvwz

 

Farm to Fork Festival 2018 - The Farm-to-Fork Festival will return to Capitol Mall showcasing the farms, food, drinks and so much more that make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. This free event will take place on Saturday, September 29th on the Capitol Mall Greens, Sacramento 95814 and volunteers are needed from 11 am to 6 pm.  Volunteers will assist in the beer/wine pavilion, information booth, serve as stage hands for chefs and assist with vendor move-in.  If you’d like to help, please join the Sac Event Crew:  www.saceventcrew.com

 

 

Wheelchair Rugby Wednesdays,  October 3, 10 and 17, 2018, 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Rosa Parks Middle School 2250 68th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822 (Meet in the Gym behind the field) We will need your help with facilitating the athletes in Wheelchair Rugby.  You will learn the rules and may be asked to participate in a wheelchair with the athletes.  Up to 8 volunteers needed. Volunteer with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports to enhance life experience of people with disabilities.  Access Leisure, a program of The City of Sacramento Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, provides sports, residential camping and outdoor education as well as social and fitness programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org. Minimum age to volunteer is 14.

 

Seymour/Wenzel Park Spruce-Up – Join Councilmember Rick Jennings, Trustee Darrel Woo and District 7 Parks Commissioner Devin Lavelle for the Seymour/Wenzel Park Spruce-Up on Saturday, October 6th from 1 pm to 4 pm.  The park is located at 845 Florin Road, Sacramento 95831.  Volunteers are needed to help repaint, clean and weed.  All equipment will be provided. Commissioner Lavelle will also provide snacks.  All we need is you!  Please wear sunscreen, closed-toe shoes and clothes you can get dirty.  RSVP requested to parks@devinlavelle.com or call: (916) 808-7192.  More information at www.cityofsacramento.org/Mayor-Council/Districts/District7

 

Lunch and Cinema, Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00am-3:30pm, UA Market Palace 1739 Arden Way, Sacramento, Ca 95815.  Come and enjoy a day out to the movies and lunch with friends. Several food choices available in the market place venue.  Your admission to the movies will be paid for, however you will need to bring extra money for your lunch and movie snacks if you would like them. 3 volunteers needed. Volunteer with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports to enhance life experience of people with disabilities.  Access Leisure, a program of The City of Sacramento Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, provides sports, residential camping and outdoor education as well as social and fitness programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

 

Land Park Volunteer Corps - Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday, October 6th at 9 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 12 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 ckpinsacto@aol.com 

 

Paint & Sip, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 5:30pm-9:00pm, Senior Center 915 27th St. Sacramento, Ca 95816 (Cypress Room).  A little painting with some great non-alcoholic beverages.  We will need your assistance in setting up for our participants and helping them along the way.  5 volunteers needed.  Volunteer with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports to enhance life experience of people with disabilities.  Access Leisure, a program of The City of Sacramento Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, provides sports, residential camping and outdoor education as well as social and fitness programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

 

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, October 13th, 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 friendsofeastsac@aol.com. Hope to see you there!

 

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, October 13th. 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:  scaudle@fairytaletown.org  or (916) 222-3831.

 

 

Video Pizza, Monday, October 15, 2018 5:30pm-9:00pm, Senior Center 915 27th St. Sacramento, Ca 95816.  See the latest release and enjoy some pizza and socializing.  We will need your help with socialization and clean up.  4 Volunteers needed.  Volunteer with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports to enhance life experience of people with disabilities.  Access Leisure, a program of The City of Sacramento Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, provides sports, residential camping and outdoor education as well as social and fitness programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

 

Ghost Tour Volunteers - Old Sacramento Living History is looking for volunteers for Ghost Tours this October!  Ghost Tour performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, the last three weeks of October (October 12-27). We’re looking for a few more volunteer actors. Costumes and make-up will be provided. No experience necessary, just a desire to perform in front of a crowd.  We’re also looking for volunteer groups (6-10 individuals) to help set-up scenes and props around the museum before each performance.  Please email livinghistory@cityofsacramento.org for more details.

 

Mesa Grande/Willie Caston Park Spruce-Up – Join Councilmember Rick Jennings, District 7 Parks Commissioner Devin Lavelle for the Mesa Grande/Willie Caston Park Spruce-Up on Saturday, October 20th from 1 pm to 4 pm.  The park is located at 4325 Valley Hi Drive, Sacramento.  Volunteers are needed to help repaint, clean and weed.  All equipment will be provided. Commissioner Lavelle will also provide snacks.  All we need is you!  Please wear sunscreen, closed-toe shoes and clothes you can get dirty.  RSVP requested to parks@devinlavelle.com or call: (916) 808-7192.  More information at www.cityofsacramento.org/Mayor-Council/Districts/District7

 

Adaptive Cycling - Must have your own bike and helmet.  Saturday, October 20th – Morning Ride – 8:30am – 1:30pm, Meet at Discovery Park. You will be riding along side of our athletes.  You may we with an experienced rider, or with someone with will need assistance.  If you have ridden tandem before, please make sure you let us know ahead of time. Rides will be dependent upon participant’s abilities.  Up to 3 volunteers needed. Volunteer with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports to enhance life experience of people with disabilities.  Access Leisure, a program of The City of Sacramento Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, provides sports, residential camping and outdoor education as well as social and fitness programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org. Minimum age to volunteer is 14.

 

Boo at the Zoo – Visitors will enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the ENTIRE zoo at 15 different candy stations, face painting for kids, festive games, themed stage shows, magic shows with Trevor the Magician, keeper chats and even animal enrichments. 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 27th and October 28th, 2018 between 10am and 5pm to help us do a variety of things including candy distribution, face painting, trash pickup, and more! Please follow this link in order to sign up to volunteer for this fun filled event!

 

Halloween Spooktacular, Saturday October 27, 2018 4:30pm-9:30pm, Senior Center 915 27th St. Sacramento, Ca 95816.  Our annual Halloween dance and costume contest.  Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and dance the night away.  We will need help setting up, socializing, dancing and clean up.  Make sure you wear your dancing shoes. Up to 15 volunteers needed. Volunteer with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports to enhance life experience of people with disabilities.  Access Leisure, a program of The City of Sacramento Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, provides sports, residential camping and outdoor education as well as social and fitness programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

 

GoalballSaturday October 27, 2018, 10:00am – 3:30pm at CSUS, Yosemite Hall 183.  We will need your help with facilitating the athletes Goalball.  This sport is designed for athletes with visual impairment.  You will learn the rules and may be asked to participate with the athletes while wearing an eye mask.  Up to 8 volunteers needed.  Volunteer with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports to enhance life experience of people with disabilities.  Access Leisure, a program of The City of Sacramento Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, provides sports, residential camping and outdoor education as well as social and fitness programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org. Minimum age to volunteer is 14.

 

 

Monster Mash - Volunteers are needed for our Monster Mash event Monday, October 29th from 4:30-7:30pm at the Joe Mims Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento.  To volunteer call DeDee at (916) 808-6114 or email dcornelius@cityofsacramento.org This event is a dance, and movie night for families. The event includes art, dinner, movies, music, challenges, face painting, snacks, goody bags and more. Assigned duties will be given out upon arrival. Looking for volunteers 15 years and older. Volunteers are asked to dress in costume or wear all black. Must respond by October 24th.

 

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 sstewart@cityofsacramento.org  to request a volunteer application.

 

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! The minimum age to volunteer is 16. Contact us at Volunteers@powerhousesc.org 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.

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 listings for the Board and Commission.

Sacramento Youth Commission - The Sacramento Youth Commission is a youth led advocacy commission whose 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. Attend the Sacramento Youth Commission meetings to have your say on youth matters and issues affecting young people in the City of Sacramento.  The presence of youth across the City of Sacramento is encouraged and requested at all public meetings.  We hope to see you there!  Meetings are every 1st Monday from 6:00 pm to 8 pm on the second floor of Historic City Hall 915 I St. If you are interested in being a Sacramento Youth Commissioner, please contact:  Maggie White:  mnwhite@cityofsacramento.org or (916) 808-6525. For more information and to apply online visit:  http://www.cityofsacramento.org/ParksandRec/Neighborhood-Services/Programs/Sacramento-Youth-Commission

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 dferroni@visitsacramento.com.

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 www.angeliqueashby.com/youth.

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.

On-Going Youth Opportunities

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 week long 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: Katelyn Ferrie, Teen Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808 - 7709
Address: 3930 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Website: www.saczoo.com
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
Website: https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Convention-Cultural-Services/Divisions/Powerhouse-Science-Center
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: Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808 - 7462
Address: 3901 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Website: www.fairytaletown.org
Prerequisite: Mandatory volunteer orientation offered quarterly.

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
Phone: (916) 808-7059
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: http://sachistorymuseum.org/
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: Janice Chang
Phone: (916) 808-7059
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: http://sachistorymuseum.org/programs-events/living-history/
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: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: AngeliqueAshby.com
Social Media: Follow us on Facebook.
Prerequisites: Must be a resident or attend a school within District One. Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event: AngeliqueAshby.com.

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 mperry@cityofsacramento.org 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
Website: www.sacvolunteers.org
Social Media: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
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

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
Email: youthservices@pd.cityofsacramento.org
Phone: (916) 808-3767
Address: 300 Richards Boulevard substation
Website: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Police/Participate/Youth-Programs
Prerequisites: Online 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: Maggie White at (916) 808-6525
Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA
Website: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/ParksandRec/Neighborhood-Services/Programs/Sacramento-Youth-Commission
Social Media: Follow us on Facebook.
Prerequisites: Online application.

Triple R Adult Day Program
Description: Provides respite for caregivers, recreation for seniors with memory loss and resources for families.
Volunteer Opportunities: Activities include games, crafts, cooking, music, dancing, walks, exercise; visit with the clients and provide companionship.
Minimum Age: 14
Contact: Chantell Albers
Phone: (916) 808-8375
Address: Triple-R has three locations: Midtown,Greenhaven, and North Sacramento.
Website: www.tripler.org
Prerequisite: Application. Ongoing volunteers must do a TB test.

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
Website: www.accessleisuresac.org
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
Website: www.accessleisuresac.org
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
Website: www.accessleisuresac.org
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
Website: https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Utilities/Conservation
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
Website: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/ParksandRec/Parks

City of Sacramento – District One - Angelique Ashby's Youth Action Corps
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: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: https://www.angeliqueashby.com/parks-leadership-academy-play
Social Media: Facebook
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event: https://www.angeliqueashby.com/parks-leadership-academy-play

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: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: https://www.angeliqueashby.com/parks-leadership-academy-play
Social Media: Facebook
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event: https://www.angeliqueashby.com/parks-leadership-academy-play

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.

Community Projects for the Front Street Animal Shelter:

•Host a donation drive! We need pet food for our pet food pantry, blankets for our kennels, and newspapers. Donation drives can be held at school or in your neighborhood. Every little bit helps to save lives! Visit here for the wish list.
•Make dog treat bags! Our dog-training volunteers work very hard to help our dogs learn behaviors that will help them get adopted. The best motivator for our dogs is treats! Simply cutting up hot dogs or cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and putting them in Ziploc bags will help.
•Make cat mats! Are you crafty? Then you can help our cats sleep in comfort. Simply sewing two 20inch squares of fleece together with batting in the middle creates comfy cat mats that make our kitties purrrr. Please email Janice Wagaman for more information.

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 Joyce Wenger-Johnson  at (916) 808-3849.
  • Triple R day care program for adults 50 and over with memory loss - contact Nina Moran at the Hart Senior Center (916) 808-8375.

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.

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. 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.

Youth Volunteer Resources