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Youth Volunteer Opportunities & Resources

Orientations and Training

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientist Trainings


Sacramento’s elm trees are disappearing! Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento in monitoring our remaining public elms for the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure that has taken the lives of thousands of elms across Sacramento since the 1990s. DED-infected elms will be removed by the City’s Urban Forestry Department to prevent the further spread of this unwelcome pest. This training will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to monitor elms in your neighborhood for symptoms of DED using your mobile device. STEP Citizen Scientists commit to monitoring selected elm trees three times between May and October.  Youth 16-18 may work independently, but youth under 16 require parent/guardian supervision.


For more information, visit or call/email Jason Sullivan-Halpern at (916) 974-4310 or


Saturday, April 8 
Coloma Community Center in Elmhurst 
9:00 AM until 11:00 AM 
Reserve your spot here


Thursday, April 20 
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community in Curtis Park
5:30 PM until 7:30 PM
Reserve your spot here


Saturday, May 20 
Breathe California of Sacramento in downtown
9:00 AM until 11:00 AM 
Reserve your spot here



 Dr. Seuss Book Drive:  The City of Sacramento (George Sim Community Center) and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. are hosting the annual Dr. Seuss BOOK DRIVE.  Seeking new and gently used books for youth and teens. (The books do not have to be Dr. Seuss books.)  These books will be used at the annual Dr. Seuss Literacy event to be held on Sat. Feb. 25, 2017.  For those seeking community service credit – one service credit shall be awarded for each book donated.  Donations can be dropped off at the George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan Street Sacramento, Ca 95824,  Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm.


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Weather Refuge Center Blanket and Hot Chocolate Drive:   The City of Sacramento is looking for donations of new blankets and hot chocolate packets for the Weather Refuge Center for the Homeless. Each night, more and more people arrive at the center escape these freezing nights on the streets and the blanket supply is running very low.  To donate: Please drop off new blankets and hot chocolate packets to the Goodwill Office, 8001 Folsom Blvd., Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95826. For more information, contact:  Valeri Mihanovich at  or (916) 447-7063 x101 or Mary Lynn Perry at (916) 808-8317 or email:

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

 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:

Hagginwood Community Center Homework Helpers -  Volunteers are needed to serve as Homework Helpers at the Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Boulevard, Sacramento 95815.  Volunteers will mentor K-7 students who are working on homework assignments, developing literacy and mathematics skills. Volunteers will provide help with all academic subjects up to the 7th grade level. Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with students of all ages in small groups and individually. A volunteer commitment through May 11, 2017 is requested. Homeworks sessions are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 3-4 pm and on Wednesdays from 1-2 pm.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.  For more information and to volunteer, contact, DeDee Cornelius: Or apply on-line:


Mass Casualty Exercise - Sacramento Fire is requesting volunteers for a Mass Casualty Exercise series being held at the old Red Lion Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento from January 30 to March 9.  Location map:  The drill scenario is a fire at a convalescent home.  Volunteers should wear old clothing that could be stained.  There will be two drill sessions per day: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  Volunteers working the AM shift should be on scene ready to check in at 8:30 am, volunteers for the afternoon shift should be on scene ready to check in at 1:00.   Sacramento Fire would like to see around 20 victims per shift if possible (we can accommodate more, but 20 is the 'sweet spot').  This drill is open all who would like to participate. Please print, complete, and bring this form with you:  Dates volunteers are needed:  February 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, March 1, 3, 9.  For more information and to volunteer contact Robert Ross: Groups are welcome.


Community Gardens Marketing and Communications Intern or Volunteer  - The intern/volunteer will assist with taking photos and video during events at our community gardens and related sites; and will assist with creating short info/film clips and other marketing items and tasks for the City Community Garden Program. This position will offer an intern or volunteer the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact the community and to utilize their marketing and communications skills.

Skills needed include: photography and video/film experience, communications, public relations, marketing or journalism experience, knowledge of and experience using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), ability to multi-task and self-motivate, strong communications skills, Microsoft Office Suite, and graphic design skills.  Intern/volunteer needed 4-10 hours per week for a semester.  Minimum age is 16. More information contact Bill Maynard, or call: 916-808-4943.  Apply online: or send your resume and references to:


 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.


Land Park Volunteer Corps - Join members of the community for the first Land Park Volunteer Corps workday of the season in William Land Park on Saturday, March 4th at 9 am.  Everything in the park has grown with all the rain.  Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park for our first event of this year.  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


Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival – Fairytale Town will celebrate active and healthy living at the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival on Saturday, March 25th! Visitors will enjoy free play, games, healthy fun and more. Sutter’s medical personnel will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on healthy child development. Plus, local health organizations will be offering activities, games and information on healthy lifestyles. Visitors will also enjoy performances of The Adventures of Sir Enamel by Puppet Art Theater Company in the Children’s Theater.  Volunteers are needed to assist from 10 am to 4 pm with this fun event.  Sign up here:


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:  Elena Quintero:  or (916) 410-4998.

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: Kristina Swanson
Email:  Phone: (916) 808-7108
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: Kristina Swanson
Email:    Phone: (916) 808-7108
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: Cecilia Jacquez  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: Phil Sinclair 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