Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities
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Orientations and Training:
Volunteer Tax Aides - Recruitment is now underway for volunteers to train to be VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers with the City of Sacramento’s award-winning program. Volunteers provide free tax preparation assistance to low-income individuals and families. The VITA program is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs developed nationally. Volunteers receive free training from the IRS in basic tax law and must pass an open book test in order to be authorized to prepare returns. Volunteers who have a background in math, accounting, bookkeeping, engineering, economics, or related fields have been very successful in completing the training and passing the test. Community college and undergraduate students in accounting, finance, economics and pre-law have participated as well as retired professionals and those seeking to develop their careers or looking for a career change. Training and testing will also be provided on-line throughout the fall and winter. Training needs to be completed by January 2014. Tax assistance is scheduled from late January 2014 to April 15, 2014. The City plans to host free tax preparation sites at the Hart Senior Center, Pannell/Meadowview Community Center, Oak Park Community Center, the George Sim Community Center and the South Natomas Community Center. If you have an interest in learning how to become a VITA volunteer for the City’s program, or would like to RSVP for the orientation, please contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317 or email: email@example.com or Vishal Ream-Rao at (916) 808-7184 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. Orientations are scheduled each month at the Front Street Shelter, 2127 Front Street, Sacramento 95818. Questions? Contact: AC-Volunteers@cityofsacramento.org or call (916) 808-8166.
CERT Training - The Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
This is the entry level qualification for the Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team, and involves training over a three week period, with Tuesday night and Saturday sessions.
Due to the popularity of the program and limited seating, we are seeking attendees who can confirm they will be able to attend all sessions.
All students must complete an application on our web site (http://www.sfdcert.com/Join_CERT.html) prior to registration.
The class schedule for the Sacramento CERT Level III Basic Course is as follows:
Session 1 - Disaster Preparedness - Tue, February 25, 2014, 6pm – 10pm
Session 2 - Fire Suppression/Search and Rescue - Sat, March 1, 2014, 8am – 5pm
Session 3 - Team Organization/Disaster Psychology - Tue, March 4, 2014, 6pm – 10pm
Session 4 - Disaster Medical 1/2 - Sat, March 8, 2014, 8am – 5pm
Session 5 - Terrorism/Review - Tue, March 11, 2014, 6pm – 10pm
Session 6 - Graduation Drill - Sat, March 15, 2014, 8am – 5pm
Sessions 1-5 will be held at Sacramento Fire Headquarters at 5770 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento. Session 6 will be held at 3230 J Street, Sacramento.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
In-Kind Donation Requests:
The Front Street Animal Shelter - The shelter is requesting used blankets for dog bedding, dry cat and dog food, two 6 foot plastic folding tables and gas cards for transporting animals to rescue. If you can help, please email: AC-Volunteers@cityofsacramento.org or call (916) 808-8166.
Cozy Kitty Quilts – The Front Street Animal Shelter is looking for some small, lap quilts to provide the shelter cats a cuddly bed. If you have a cat you probably know they love special blankets and each day you know where you’ll find them - snuggled on their favorites. If you would like to knit, crochet or sew small quilts for the kitties or would like more information, please contact Janice Wagaman at AC-Volunteers@cityofsacramento.org or call (916) 808-8166.
The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include on-going volunteer positions as well as short-term activities. Some of the short-term and special event options coming up soon are listed below. Please check with the contact first before completing the Short-term Volunteer Agreement form.
For additional opportunities with the City of Sacramento, contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopt-a-Park- Glenn Hall Park - It’s time for the end of the year cleanup at Glenn Hall Park on Saturday, December 14th. Volunteers will meet at 9 am at the end of Carlson Drive in River Park. Projects will include blowing and raking leaves, as well as some pruning and hedging. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided. Bring work gloves and wear warm clothing. Last year the volunteers raked up two truckloads of leaves! If you’d like to help, please contact Jeff Harris at email@example.com
Adopt-a-Park – McKinley Park Rose Garden – On Saturday, January 4th please join our annual prune-a-thon at the McKinley Park Rose Garden. Volunteers will join with the Sacramento Rose Society for a morning dedicated to caring for the roses. Volunteers will meet in front of the Clunie Community Center, 601 Alhambra Boulevard. Work will get underway at 9 am and finish at noon. If you have pruners please bring them along with your garden gloves. Be sure to wear closed toed shoes. Snacks, water and coffee will be provided to volunteers. RSVPs are requested, but drop-in help will also be appreciated. Please contact FriendsofEastSac@aol.com to sign up or for more information.
Adopt-a-Park – Natomas Rose Garden – Come out and help with the winter pruning of the roses on Saturday, January 18and 25th from 9 am to 12 pm. Volunteers will need to bring gloves and pruners. The Natomas Rose Garden is maintained entirely by volunteers since it was built in 2005. It is located at the South Natomas Community Park, 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento. For more information about the garden visit: www.NatomasRoseGarden.org If you’d like to help please contact Marni at (916) 359-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MLK Day Adopt-a-Park – Camellia Community Garden and Park Day – In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy neighbors and volunteers are gathering on January 18th at the Camellia Community Garden and Park, 6650 Cougar Drive, Sacramento 95828-1463 from 10 am to noon for a clean-up and beautification project. If you would like to help, please contact Laura Rios at (916) 802-0366 or email@example.com or Faye Wilson Kennedy at (916) 484-5025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Adopt-a-Park – Join in with neighbors and friends to help beautify three parks on Saturday, January 18th from 9 am to noon. The parks will include: William Land Park at 3800 Land Park Drive, Seymore Park at 845 Florin Road and Garcia Bend Park at 7654 Pocket Road. Please wear closed toed shoes (with sturdy ankle support is best) and comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Teens 14 and up are welcome to assist. Also note that all volunteers will need to complete a City of Sacramento Volunteer Agreement form prior to starting work. To simplify the check-in process on the day of the event, it is helpful to download the form and bring it already signed. The form can be found at:http://www.cityofsacramento.org/volunteers/Short-term_Volunteer_Agreement_and_Waiver.pdf If you’d like to join the group, please contact Vishal Ream-Rao at email@example.com or call: (916) 808-7184.
District One Annual MLK Day of Service 2014 – Join us for the district One Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by working together to serve our community on Sunday, January 19th from 1-4 pm at Egret Park, 5145 Westlake Parkway. Tasks will include weeding, tree maintenance and mulching. Snacks and water will be provided. Please bring work gloves and tools if you have them. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Please register for this event. For information contact Elena Quintero at firstname.lastname@example.org
MLK Day Event – Help Families Keep Their Money – Join with AmeriCorps NCCC and VISTA members as they spread the word about free tax preparation for income eligible families on Monday, January 20th from 9 am to noon. Teams will flyer neighborhoods around Grant High School, Hiram Johnson High School and the Pannell Meadowview Community Center where free tax preparation will take place this year. If you would like to help with this community outreach project, please contact Vishal Ream-Rao to sign up for one of the teams: email@example.com or call: 916-808-7184.
Computer Class Instructor for Seniors - Next session of classes to begin late 2013-early 2014. The Hart Senior Center is a place where people 50+ come to take part in various recreational classes, educational activities and social groups. One of our largest programs, our Senior Computer Learning Lab, offers basic and intermediate computer skills training courses to seniors throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to serve as computer instructors in classes using curriculum designed specifically for the older learner. Various schedules are available and most classes are 1 ½ hours in length and meet once a week during an 8-week session. Each class has a maximum of six students. The classes are held in our computer lab Monday through Friday between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. Length of commitment: Once a week, for 8 weeks, 2 hours each time (15 minutes set up/shut down) plus time spent reviewing curriculum before each lesson. For more information, contact Alicia Black at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sewing! The Sacramento History Museum is looking for a few extra hands for some sewing projects. Materials and patterns will be supplied; all we need are some dedicated people who have the time to sew. Projects will vary from upkeep of children’s clothing in our dress up area, traveling trunk program, and bonnets and caps for the Museum Store. For more information or to sign up please contact Janessa West, (916) 808-4980 email@example.com.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) seeks a volunteer or intern to assist with a series of technology-based projects. If you are web savvy and have experience with online programs such as Constant Contact, we want to hear from you! We are looking for someone who can manage multiple tasks and projects. Experience in the arts is not required. The work schedule and timeframe are flexible. SMAC’s office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the website at www.SacMetroArts.org or call 916-808-3992. If interested, please email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you love Old Sacramento? Like to have fun? - The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with Underground Tours in Old Sacramento. Volunteers will assist tour guides with crowd control, locking/unlocking doors, collecting tickets, and distributing equipment. We are looking for positive people with can-do attitudes and customer service experience. Volunteers should be prepared to traverse uneven sidewalks and stairs. Those with sensitivity to dust should not apply. Email Kathryn at email@example.com
Become a Foster Pet Provider and Help Save Lives - The Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter is looking for dedicated individuals or families with a satisfactory living arrangement willing to house an individual animal or animals that require extra time or attention to help them thrive and become available for adoption.Being a foster care provider is ideal for people who may not be able to commit to having a pet full time, but are willing to give a few weeks to make a huge difference in the life of a homeless pet. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to call 916-709-7991 (dog foster) or 916-764-6862 (cat foster).
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery - Actors Persons with acting experience and a keen interest in old Sacramento history are needed for special fund-raising events at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. Events are generally held in the evening, and actors in period costume do re-enactments of events affecting persons buried in the cemetery. Time Required: 4-5 hours per event. Duration: Short Term. Contact Connie Clark at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Docent Program - Do you need service hours to fulfill your graduation requirement? The Sacramento History Museum is the place for students to fulfill their service hours. Students learn how to gold pan, how to teach others how to gold pan, assist on the weekends with arts and crafts, and can train to become student docents. Student docents are required to attend student docent training to learn about the museum and our beautiful artifacts. After completing the training, student docents can be gallery guides and lead museum patrons around the museum and answer questions they may have about the museum’s collections. Short-term volunteers can volunteer for as little as one weekend day. Long-term volunteers or student docents must commit to a minimum of 30 hours per year. For more information, contact Janessa West: email@example.com or (916) 808-4980. Complete an application: http://www.historicoldsac.org/pdf/volunteer/StudentDocent_Application.pdf
Re-enactment Volunteers - The Old Sacramento Living History program keeps the past alive through historical re-enactments, activities, marching in parades, walking tours, ghost tours, and many fun events. Training is provided. All that is needed is a love of history and a willingness to learn! For more information and to sign up to help, contact Janessa West at: (916) 808-4980 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volun-Teen Program at Fairytale Town - This program was added to the Volunteer Program to teach teens how to inspire and educate children in the arts, cultural and literary programming all while learning introductory job skills that will make them more prepared to enter the workforce when they are ready. Requirements and details for the program are: volunteers must be between the ages of 13 and 19, must commit to working a minimum of 3 hours a week for 3 months, will be given uniform t-shirts and a dress code that they must follow, learn how to sign-in and out daily, how to track their hours, and will be responsible for turning in a time sheet every 2 weeks, and must attend monthly staff meetings. For more information and details on how to sign up for the Volun-Teen Program, please contact Sharlene Lal at: email@example.com
Parks Volunteer Program - Volunteers are invited to help with various one day or short-term 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. Service activities are available weekdays, and on occasional weekends. To help or for more information, please contact Cyndia Castro at (916) 808-2285 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Imaging Support Staff The City Clerk’s Office is helping achieve the City’s green initiative and sustainability goals by converting paper documents to electronic format and storing in document management software. Volunteers are needed to help prepare documents for scanning, imaging documents using computer and scanners, typing information about documents into the computer and other duties. Volunteers need to have computer knowledge, be attentive to details, have the ability to lift 20 pounds and be quick learners. Volunteers will learn how to use the document management software, gain hands on experience with high speed scanners and get experience in a collaborative paperless office environment. Volunteers are scheduled during the weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm at City Hall. Minimum age is 16. If you would like more information, contact: Anitra Bibbs at (916) 808-5790 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (This position is currently full.)
Special projects are listed below:
Covered Sacramento (Formerly Cover the Kids) - Volunteers are needed 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 Jeff Parmelee at email@example.com