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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

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 Orientations:

  • 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:


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

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.


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 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.  Feel the magic close with our 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


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!


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!


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.


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 contact: Andre Favila at or 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: 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: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
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:

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, &

North Sacramento.


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
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: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
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: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
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.

Community Projects for the Front Street Animal Shelter: Options include a donation drive, newspaper projects, or pet treat bags.  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 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