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Warmth and Cheer:  10th Annual Hats, Scarves, Gloves and More Drive – Join with members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., G.D.I. Entertainment and the City of Sacramento in making the winter season a little more bearable for those who are less fortunate.  The George Sim Community Center is collecting hats, scarves and gloves for residents of the Quinn Cottages.  Please drop them off at the Center located at 6207 Logan Street, Sacramento.  Monday through Friday from 10 am to 8 pm.  The last day to donate is Friday, January 20th, 2017.  (The Quinn Cottages also accepts usable household items:  kitchenware, small appliances, blankets, and men and women’s clothing.  No storage space is available at the community center for these items.  Instead please bring the household items on the day of distribution.)  Items will be distributed on Sunday, January 22nd and is open to those who collect 10 or more items.  The group will meet at 9:30 am at the George Sim Community Center, and travel to Quinn Cottages to distribute the items. This effort is open to all community service groups, social clubs, youth auxiliary groups, sororities/fraternities, as well as individuals.  The focus of this effort is the collection of hats, scarves and gloves.  This is a rain or shine event.  Students looking for community service credit, each item counts as one hour of service. For more information, contact:  Viancia “Ms V” Roberson at (916) 808-3709 or email:  vroberson@cityofsacramento.org 

Warming Center Blanket Drive:   The City of Sacramento is looking for donations of new blankets for the Warming Center for the Homeless. Each night, more and more people arrive at the center ...to escape these freezing nights on the streets and the blanket supply is running very low.  To donate: Please drop off new blankets to the Southside Park Pool House at 2107 6th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 from 6pm to 6am 12/29/16 through 1/9/17.  For more information, contact:  Mary Lynn Perry at (916) 808-8317 or email:  mperry@cityofsacramento.org

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:  jwagaman@cityofsacramento.org. 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: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Clerk/Legislative-Bodies/Boards-and-Commissions.

Museum Day Volunteers Needed Saturday, February 4th, 2017!  Volunteers are needed to assist with Museum Day at the Zoo. They will help with a wide variety of tasks, including greeting at the front gate, café, gift shop, and exhibit monitors. Shift times are 9:00am-1:00pm, and 1:00pm-5:00pm. To volunteer, submit your Museum Day Application.

 

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 ckpinsacto@aol.com

 

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:  http://bttr.im/iqvwz

 

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.

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:  equintero@cityofsacramento.org  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:  rperez@cityofsacramento.org  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
Email: jwagaman@cityofsacramento.org
Phone: (916) 808-8166
Address: 2127 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818
Website: www.sacpetsearch.com
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
Website: www.saczoo.com
Prerequisite: Summer Camp Counselor applications available February through April. Zoo Teen applications available mid-April through June.
Email: smusser@saczoo.org

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
Email: volunteers@thediscovery.org
Phone: (916) 808-3942
Address: 3615 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95821
Social Media: Facebook: Discovery Museum and Space Center Twitter: @discoverysac
Website: www.thediscovery.org
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
Email: volunteers@fairytaletown.org
Phone: (916) 808 - 7462
Address: 3901 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Website: www.fairytaletown.org  
Prerequisite: Mandatory volunteer orientation offered quarterly
Apply online:  http://bttr.im/iqvwz

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: kswanson@cityofsacramento.org  Phone: (916) 808-7108
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: www.historicoldsac.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: Kristina Swanson
Email: kswanson@cityofsacramento.org    Phone: (916) 808-7108
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: www.historicoldsac.org
or www.oslhp.net
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
Email: equintero@cityofsacramento.org
Phone: 916 -410- 4998
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: AngeliqueAshby.com
Social Media: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NatomasDistrict1YAC)
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
Email: mperry@cityofsacramento.org
Phone: (916) 808-8317
Address: 915 I Street, Second Floor Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: www.sacvolunteers.org
Social Media: www.facebook.com/sacvolunteers
and www.twitter.com/sacvolunteers
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:  equinonez@cityofsacramento.org

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: Application: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Police/Participate/Youth-Programs

 

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: cjacquez@cityofsacramento.org  or call:  808-6525
Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA
Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoYC 
Prerequisites: Application: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Clerk/Legislative-Bodies/Boards-and-Commissions

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
Email: jyarrow@cityofsacramento.org
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
Email: jyarrow@cityofsacramento.org
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: Phil Sinclair or Paula Black Sinclair
Email: psinclair@cityofsacramento.org
or pblack@cityofsacramento.org
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
Email: mcoulson@cityofsacramento.org
Phone: 916 -808- 5605
Address: 2260 Glen Ellen Cir., Sacramento, CA 95822
Website: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Utilities/Conservation/Conservation-Calendar
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
Email: rperez@cityofsacamento.org
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 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
Email: equintero@cityofsacramento.org
Phone: 916 -410- 4998
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: www.AngeliqueAshby.com/PLAY
Social Media: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NatomasDistrict1PLAY)
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event: http://www.AngeliqueAshby.com/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: Elena Quintero, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Email: equintero@cityofsacramento.org
Phone: 916 -410- 4998
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: www.AngeliqueAshby.com/PLAY
Social Media: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NatomasDistrict1PLAY)
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event: www.AngeliqueAshby.com/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.

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: cfong@cityofsacramento.org.
  • 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 Nmoran@cityofsacramento.org.

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: Nmoran@cityofsacramento.org

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:  Nmoran@cityofsacramento.org  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: mperry@cityofsacramento.org.

Youth Volunteer Resources