Current Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include on-going as well as short-term activities. For further information contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317 or email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/sacvolunteers or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sacvolunteers
Current on-going volunteer opportunities are listed below in alphabetical order by program or department name.
Access Leisure - Access Leisure offers Social Programs, Special Events, Trips, Sports and Camping for Children, Teens, Adults and Veterans with disabilities. Weekday and weekend schedules are available for volunteers who are high school seniors and older. To volunteer for Paralympic Sport Sacramento club programs for those with physical disabilities and/or visual impairments, our River Cats Independence Field baseball programs, or any of our Access Leisure Camp programs, please contact Jenny Yarrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-808- 6017. To volunteer for our Social, Fitness or day trips for Access Leisure programs for Teens and adults with intellectual disabilities, please contact Phil Sinclair at; email@example.com or (916) 808-6045.
Crocker Art Museum - The museum has opportunities for volunteers to assist with administrative tasks, train to present tours, help in the museum store, assist with special events, concerts and educational programs, maintain the Gerald Hansen Library and provide information about the museum through community outreach activities as well as serving as a photographer. For further information, contact Rachel Burlingame at (916) 808-8356 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org Below are some new opportunities:
Discovery Museum The Discovery Museum Science and Space Center is located at 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95821. The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is a non-profit teaching and learning center. The Discovery Museum features Sacramento's only public planetarium as well as rotating science exhibits, an animal hall, a natural park setting, and the Challenger Learning Center. More than 60,000 school children and more than 28,000 members of the public visit the Discovery Museum every year, and receive - for many of them - their first introduction to the world of science and its many opportunities. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of positions to assist with the daily operations of the museum. Some of the volunteer opportunities are: School Program Assistant, Challenger Flight Assistant, Office Assistant, Museum Store Assistant, Special Events Personnel, Weekend Activities Assistant, and much more! Youth beginning at age 16 may volunteer with parental or guardian consent. Group volunteering and individual internships in various areas are available. Please note: fingerprinting may be required. For more information please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-3942 or email: email@example.com.
Fairytale Town- Fairytale Town is looking for mature, dedicated, hard-working volunteers that are serious about their commitment to the community. We ask that our volunteers have a clear goal in mind and strive to achieve that goal whenever they volunteer. We develop strong relationships with our volunteers, so that they keep coming back year after year to renew their commitment to the community and Fairytale Town. We thank our volunteers each year with a Volunteer Appreciation event; this event usually takes place during the summer. Volunteers who have given at least ten hours of service to Fairytale Town throughout the year are invited and encouraged to attend. Fairytale Town only accepts volunteers that are 13 years of age or older, sorry no exceptions. Unfortunately at this time Fairytale Town cannot accept Volunteers within the court system. To become an active volunteer at Fairytale Town you must first attend a mandatory volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientations are offered four times a year in the months of January, April, July & October. Currently, Fairytale Town has over 570 volunteers that work with us on an ongoing basis, and that number is constantly growing! Please download and read the information packet (available below) carefully if you are considering volunteering with us. Once you have decided that you would like to join Fairytale Town’s team of volunteers please fill out the Volunteer Application portion and submit it to Fairytale Town via fax, email, drop off or post. Once your submitted application is received we will keep it on file until the next orientation is scheduled. We will then screen all applications, and if they meet our requirements we will notify you via email of the next Volunteer Orientation at least 30 days prior to the date. All volunteer correspondence is conducted via email, therefore it is critical that you have, or create, an email address in order to receive and sign up for Fairytale Town opportunities. We look forward to working with you soon! Download Information Packet Here: http://www.fairytaletown.org/get-involved/volunteer/
For More Information contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-7979 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf - The Sacramento City Golf Courses have Volunteer Player Assistant opportunities available at Bartley Cavanaugh golf Course, Bing Maloney Golf Course and Haggin Oaks Golf Course. Volunteers will focus on golf course starting, pace of play, safety and water stations. Some Player Assistant Volunteer Discounts are included. Volunteer Player Assistants have the opportunity to give back to the great game of golf and provide a safe environment for golfers at the course. If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering as a Player Assistant, please contact Mike Woods (916) 808-0950 or email email@example.com.
Natomas Adopt-a-Park Program– 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 members participated in 26 park beautifications from June to December in 2012, totaling almost 1000 volunteer hours. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 410-4998.
Old Sacramento Living History Program - Volunteers are needed to serve as costumed historical characters from the Gold Rush Era to the Civil War and to participate in programs and activities in Old Sacramento. In-costume support is also needed for audience, help with children's activities and to help relieve other re-enactors for breaks. Training is provided as well as assistance with costuming. Other volunteers are welcomed to provide behind-the-scenes support doing research, videotaping events, grant-writing, teaching and other activities. Groups can assist with set-up and take-down at special events. Most events and training take place evenings and weekends. For further information, contact Janessa West at: (916) 808-4980 or e-mail email@example.com
Parks- 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 for more information, please contact Cyndia Castro at (916) 808-2285 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento365 - Public Relations Volunteers - With the growth of Sacramento365.com, volunteers are needed to participate in events and promotional activities. Extra manpower is needed to help us spread the word about Sacramento365.com. Volunteers are needed for the following:
- Staffing promo booths (includes setup and breakdown of table and materials)
- Attending events to pass out promotional materials
- Attending events to write reviews/summaries to help promote events
What we’re looking for:
- Friendly, upbeat personality
- Works well with others
- Ability to follow direction
- Reliable transportation
- Fluent in English
- Ability to lift 40lbs (setup/breakdown table/materials)
- Tech savvy
If any of this sounds like something you would be interested in, send us your info! We are always looking for volunteer help so refer your friends!
Please send your resume and cover letter to: Rachael Lankford, Managing Calendar Editor at email@example.com or for more information call: (916) 808-8642.
Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau - Four major community events are scheduled through the year including Free Museum Day in February, Grape Escape Food & Wine event in June (must be 21 years of age or older to volunteer), Juneteenth (also in June), and Gold Rush Days over Labor Day weekend. Duties for these three events include a variety of jobs such as working at our information booth, setting up and tearing down the events, and runner/floater. Volunteers are also needed throughout the duration of the California State Fair in July to volunteer at the Sacramento County Exhibit Booth. Duties include interacting with fair-goers, answering questions about the greater Sacramento area, as well as informing them about the exhibit. Training is provided. Volunteers work 3-4 hour shifts and in return get free admission in to the fair! Except where noted above, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. For further information, contact Sheri Graciano at (916) 808-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento Fire Department - CERT - The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. CERT members can assist others in times of emergency or disaster by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they have learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. For more information and to sign up, call William White at (916) 216-0327 or email: email@example.com. For more information about the CERT program, visit: http://www.sfdcert.com
Sacramento City Fire Reserves - The Reserves consist of more than 50 volunteers who train and work with the Sacramento City Fire department. They provide valuable resources to our community and are dispatched to multiple alarm fires, Level 3 Haz-Mat incidents and other emergencies whenever additional resources are required. The Reserves provide supplemental staffing, food, drinks and EMS standby at the scene of emergencies. They also have a role in decontamination at hazardous materials incidents. To learn more about training to be a volunteer with the Sacramento City Fire Reserves, contact Jonathan Williams at (916) 808-1680. For more information about the reserves go to: http://www.firereserves.org/
Sacramento Covered (formerly Cover the Kids)– Volunteers are needed on an on-going basis to assist with client follow-up phone calls. The purpose is to help collect data on children who are enrolled in a health program and those who are not. This data will allow the project to assist families by providing them access to various health programs. Volunteers are also needed to assist with various jobs at one-day events to reach families with uninsured children. Parents will be enrolling their children in affordable health coverage programs and learning about health services by attending a short class. Volunteers will assist at these events by facilitating children’s activities, childcare, staffing a registration table or an information table, and making copies for families. Events will be scheduled periodically at different locations. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Cathy Shannon at (916) 808-7703 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery - The Historic City Cemetery offers a variety of opportunities to share your skills in gardening, public relations, acting, fundraising, research and more. Please see the opportunities below for more information:
COMPUTER INPUT: Persons with computer skills, including knowledge of Word and Excel, willing to do input work at home and ability to send files to an email account. Work will be checked for accuracy and conversion to a burial index database for the Historic City Cemetery. Orientation will be provided. Time required per year: 100 hours; Duration: Long Term. Contact: email@example.com
IRONWORKERS: The Historic City Cemetery has many historic iron fences around plots greatly in need of repair and/or replacement parts. We are seeking volunteer(s) who have skills working with wrought iron and who can appreciate the age of these fences and how they can be stabilized and repaired. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VISITOR CENTER STAFFING: Persons who enjoy meeting the public and helping them find graves, artifacts or historical persons are invited to help staff our Visitor Center. Shifts are two and a half hours long Friday through Tuesday. If interested, contact email@example.com for an interview.
BRICK MASONS - Persons with brick repair experience are required to repair or rebuild plot surrounds. Materials and wheelbarrows for mixing mortar will be provided, but interested persons should have their own tools. Individuals are expected to work with City staff for initial direction and then be able to work on their own. Time required: Flexible. Duration: Long Term. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TOUR DOCENTS - Persons with a keen interest in historical research and a desire to lead history tours in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery are urged to contact:email@example.com. Some training is required under the guidance of the Tour Coordinator, but individuals are encouraged to research persons buried in the cemetery for interesting stories. Time Required: 5-10 hours per month (research additional). Duration: Long Term
Sacramento History Museum-The Sacramento History Museum is located in Old Sacramento at 101 I Street. The museum needs volunteers to help run weekend activities for families visiting the museum. Ideal for students who need to fulfill volunteer hours, weekend activities include make-and-take crafts, projects, and hands-on activities. Youth 12 years and older may volunteer, however, a chaperone is required for volunteers younger than 14. The museum is also seeking adult volunteers for our docent training program. Aspiring docents will be provided training to lead school programs, museum tours, and become gallery leads. Specifically the museum is looking for adults available during the week, mornings and early afternoons who are interested in Sacramento’s history. Special events are held throughout the year and range from an Oktoberfest to our annual Gold Rush Days event. Volunteers are required for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: gold panning, historical re-enactors, raffle assistants, greeters, and museum hosts. For more information please contact: Janessa West, 808-4980 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission- Art volunteers are needed to provide tours of Sacramento's Downtown Public Art Collection to schools and community groups. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have transportation to public art sites. Availability during the weekday is preferred, but not required. Contact the Arts Commission at (916) 808-3992.
Sacramento Police Department- The Sacramento Police Department is proud to present the Volunteers in Police Service program as well as other opportunities. VIPS work hard volunteering their time towards the betterment of their police department and the community they live in. Examples of services they provide include, assisting at various community/police sponsored events, neighborhood patrol in a SPD PT Cruiser, and involvement in the Bicycle Rodeo and Helmet Safety Program. A commitment of service pays in dividends of pride and experience from working in the field with Sacramento’s finest. Applicants must complete a standard department pre-employment application and successfully pass a thorough background check before they can be considered for the assignment. Weekday and weekend shifts available. Additional volunteer opportunities are available in forensics (CSI), information technology, investigations, operations, specialized units and training. Call (916) 808-0839 today to talk with a Volunteer Coordinator to find out how to get started in this rewarding position, or email: email@example.com or visit: www.sacpd.org/getinvolved/volunteer
Sacramento Public Library - Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Sacramento Public Library! Throuhout our 28 locations, volunteers provide a tremendous service by supplementing the time and talents of our dedicated library staff. If you are interested in being part of our dedicated group of volunteers, please submit an application clarifying your interests and availability: http://www.saclibrary.org/FAQ/volunteer/volunteer-form/
As opportunities that match your time, preferred locations, and interests are available, our staff will contact you. To our volunteers who have been with us for years and to those looking to start their service, thank you for your dedication and support of the Sacramento Public Library.
Please note that no court mandated service opportunities are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at (916) 264-2920.
- Homework Coach - Help students achieve success in school by assisting them with school and homework assignments! Build confidence and skills in each student as they successfully complete assignments and gain subject mastery. Dependable adults with prior experience working with youth are encouraged to join. Homework Coaches are requested to commit to at least 2 days per month (generally, 2:30 pm to 5:30 p.m.). Position requires fingerprinting for volunteers age 18 and older. Opportunities are available at two library branches: Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95820 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 7340 24th Street Bypass Sacramento, CA 95822. Interested? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 916-264-2920 or email@example.com.
Sacramento START- (Students Today Achieving Results Tomorrow) Learning Today...Leading Tomorrow. Sacramento START is an after school program and is located on school campuses where 50% or more of the children receive free or reduced lunch. START has volunteer opportunities existing for individuals on a short or long-term basis. Volunteers will be able to work with small groups of children through homework assistance, recreational and enrichment activities. Volunteer assignments include START Pal, Enrichment Specialist, Special Events Assistant, Inspirational Speaker, Homework Helper, Cluster Assistant, Yard Duty Assistant, Site Director Assistant, Reading Buddy, Community Outreach Assistant, and START Office Assistant. For additional information call the Volunteer Coordinator at: (916) 808-6156 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento Zoo-Volunteers are needed to work with keeper staff cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animal exhibits. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Many opportunities are also available to assist with special events and gardening projects. Call Christine Wallace at (916) 808-7444 or email: email@example.com for information. Volunteer Educators (Docents) are trained on an annual basis. The classes begin again each January and end in March. Classes are on Saturdays and include a mini-course in biology, practice with effective teaching methods and behind-the-scenes tours. Volunteers for this program need to be 18. Please contact Serina Romero at (916) 808-5889 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Roots and Shoots Summer Teen Program – Volunteers should be 15-19 years old. Assist instructors with weeklong camp classes for children. Duties include crafts, games, enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, face painting, an overnight camp-out and more. Zoo Teens are 13-19 and assist with activity stations. To become part of these volunteer teams, call Sarah Musser at (916) 808-7709 or email: email@example.com. Teen volunteer program applications can be found on-line at www.saczoo.org. For more information about volunteering for the Zoo, please contact: Christine Wallace at (916) 808-7444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Front Street Animal Shelter – The shelter goals include placing animals in loving, permanent homes, ending animal abuse/cruelty and assisting the public with animal care and pet health issues. Just a few of the ways that shelter volunteers make this possible include: maintaining a very clean and sanitary environment, conducting health and behavior screenings, exercising and socializing animals, cleaning and sanitizing bedding, bowls and other animal care items, participating in community outreach and fundraising events, promoting the shelter through traditional and social media, maintaining databases, making phone calls and scheduling appointments, assisting owners of lost pets, organizing supply areas and sorting/bagging food donations for the Sacramento Pet Food Bank. You don’t even have to have pets in order to help pets! For more information and to download an application please visit our web site at www.sacpetsearch.com Volunteer orientations are offered each month and sign-ups are available on-line. For information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8166 or email: AC-Volunteers@cityofsacramento.org
Triple R-This program provides respite for caregivers, recreation for seniors with memory loss and resources for families. Volunteers are needed to visit with the clients and provide companionship. Entertainers such as pianists and crafters are asked to share their talents. Volunteers are also needed to assist with a walking program and should be able to walk with a client or push a wheelchair. For information contact Stephanie Wilson at (916) 808-1591 or email@example.com
Water Conservation Volunteers are needed to stuff brochures related to water conservation and create packets of information for newly metered residences. This project can be done at the Water Conservation office as a group and works well for youth groups and families. Volunteers under the age of 14 will need adult supervision and all volunteers must complete the City Volunteer Agreement. Contact Jennifer Matsumoto at 808-5605 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Conservation Ambassadors - The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is seeking interested volunteers to become Water Conservation Ambassadors. As a Water Conservation Ambassador, you will have an opportunity to help teach the community about water conservation, learn how to assist customers with irrigation and water conservation tools, conduct neighborhood outreach and education and will help the City achieve its Best Management Practices goals and its goal of reducing water consumption by 20% by 2020. Hours will vary and Ambassadors can sign-up to participate in activities after completing the 2-hour training. Activities average 2-6 hours per week and will be located in the field and in the Water Conservation Office. Volunteers must be a city of Sacramento resident, 18 years of age or older and complete City Volunteer Agreement. For more information on this program, please contact Jessica Hess, Media and Communication Specialist at (916) 808-8260 or email@example.com or (916) 808-1400.
4 th R - The 4th “R” is a recreationally based before and after school child care program for children grades K thru 6th. Our activities center around arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking and science as well as music and drama. We are looking for volunteers who have a real love for children and who enjoy participating in the areas of recreation. College students majoring in Child Development or Recreation are encouraged to apply. Volunteer duties include: supervising children during recreational activities, helping children with their homework and reading, assist with the set up and clean up of projects and snack time. Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age and anyone over the age of 18 will require a background check. Volunteers must also be available to volunteer for a minimum of three months. Please contact Corina Fong at (916) 808-6025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. (This opportunity is currently full.)
50 Plus Wellness - Love to walk, but prefer to walk with others and not alone? This program is looking for volunteers to commit to leading walks in their neighborhood for about an hour at least one day per week, generally at 9 am. Leaders are expected to motivate the group, and check up on group members who are missing. Training is provided. Call Pat Goree-Richards at (916) 808-1593 or email: email@example.com