The City in partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District kicked-off the first ever Summer at City Hall intern program. This six-week program is designed to provide youth between the ages of 16 and 17 insight on local government and how it works. This is a great opportunity for students to gain knowledge of local government, community participation, and volunteerism – as they are the leaders of tomorrow. There are approximately 33 participants this year.
Victoria Moreno, an incoming senior at Hiram Johnson High School (seen above), sorts through engineering plans at the Department of Transportation. “I always thought City Hall was at the Capitol building, and had no idea of all the departments involved in running the City, so I have learned a lot about local government in a short time,” she said.
Can you dig up a little time for parks?
City employee Ed Cox was one of many volunteers who are helping maintain the City Hall landscaping.
With only 50 park maintenance workers to care for 220 City parks, volunteer gardeners are filling the voids created from years of budget cuts. Hundreds of residents have already organized and joined some 40 neighorhood groups to take over where City employees left off and adopt a park.
This summer, the Parks Department could use your help with maintaining Reichmuth Park in the Land Park area and Shasta Park in south Sacramento. If you would like to prune, pick weeds or pick up trash along with picking up some community service hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cyndia Castro at 808-2285. Here’s more info about adopting a park. See the Sacramento Bee feature story about the need for volunteers.
Parks are not the only places where volunteers are needed this summer. There are short and long term volunteer opportunities throughout City Hall. See the lists of what's available on how you can help.