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Short-term Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Sacramento and it’s partners.  At this time due to efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 many volunteer opportunities are postponed or cancelled.  Please be in touch with the contact listed in each description to determine the status of that opportunity.

NEWSLETTER: October 2020

The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include short-term as well as on-going activities. For further information contact Emily McGuire, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at (916) 808-8485. Follow us on Twitter, visit us on Facebook or find us on Instagram.

Orientations and Training   

McKinley Park Rose Garden - Friends of East Sacramento is now doing small group training (up to 8 people) for new volunteers to care for the McKinley Park Rose Garden. The training session is one hour. Next sessions are Saturdays,  June 6, 13, and 27 at 9 am and 10 am  Friends of East Sac are now using the VOMO app for people to register. The link is:  There is also information on that site including a training video on deadheading roses and their waiver form which should be completed and brought to the training. For more information, contact:    


Wash dishes and save lives The Front Street Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help out at the shelter providing the basic daily care that our animals need.  In-shelter volunteers will help with kennel cleaning, sanitizing dishes, washing laundry, processing food in the pet food pantry, and other assorted chores to help keep the shelter a safe place for the animals in our care.  There’s a lot of poop to scoop!  If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty because your heart is big for animals, come to one of our orientations – the first Thursday or the third Wednesday of each month, 5:30-8:30 pm.  Sign up online at Orientations are being conducted online.


Angelique Ashby’s Youth Action Corps – Councilwoman Ashby’s youth volunteer programs want you! – Middle school through college-age volunteers are invited to come hear how the District One youth programs can be a gateway to your future!  Last year, we connected our youth to TONS of volunteer opportunities, scholarships, paid internships, and jobs.  Be sure to bring a completed waiver:  If you have any further questions, please contact   Upcoming orientations will be held at the North Natomas Public Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835.  The meetings will take place in the Community Room.   Next orientation to be determined.


Cancelled - Dog Foster Class - Help Front Street foster puppies and dogs. Save lives! Next Puppy and Dog Foster Class is Monday, March 9th from 6-7 pm at the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Register here: 


Cancelled - Cat and Kitten Foster Classes –There is no room for kittens at the shelter and they are in need of new volunteers to give kittens a temporary home for several weeks.  Help Front Street foster kittens and cats. Save lives! Next Kitten and Cat Foster Class is Saturday, March 14th from 3:30-5:30 pm at the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Register here:


Fairytale Town Volunteer Orientation - Help make magic at Fairytale Town as a volunteer! Fairytale Town is looking for mature, dedicated, hard-working volunteers, that would like to give back to their community. Sign up for the Volunteer Orientation to learn about the various volunteer opportunities at Fairytale Town, including special events, summer camps, on-demand shifts, and the Volun-teen Program for ages 13-18. Volunteers must be at least 13 for all programs. The orientation will take place Saturday, July 18th from 11 am to 12 noon at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento 95822. For more information, contact Topaz Bess at (916) 808-2682 or email:    For more information visit: 


Sacramento Zoo Ambassadors Needed:  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Sacramento Zoo for 2019 please fill out an application online to be considered. Once you apply, you will be contacted for an interview. To apply,  visit: or email our volunteer coordinator, Phillip Drobnicki;  Looking forward to working with you!


Group Project


Little Lending Library - The City of Sacramento is looking for a group to install a Little Lending Library  at the Le Var Burton Park located at 1900 Expedition Way Sacramento Ca. 95832. All materials will be provided by the City on the day of installation.   If groups are interested please contact Park Manager Tony Ulep at  



Guitar Donations - The Oak Park Community Center, 3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Sacramento,  is seeking guitar donations for a free guitar class for teens. If you have a guitar to donate please contact the community center at (916) 808-6151.

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 or donate online. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Wagaman. The shelter is currently closed to the public.  Please use the online donation link.


short-term Volunteer Opportunities


Great Plates Delivered Volunteers - Help deliver restaurant prepared food to home-bound seniors. Volunteers will ride with a driver from Paratransit, United Cerebral Palsy or RT and will disembark from the bus to carry meals to the door of seniors' residences.  The volunteer will knock and drop the meals and return to the bus to ride to the next location.  Scheduled deliveries will be done 7 days a week during the daytime.  Volunteers need to be between 18-64, in good health, willing to follow safety instructions, and willing to wear personal protective masks and gloves. Schedules will be daily from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. This program will continue through July 10th and may be extended.  Please apply online


Event Days at Sacramento Adventure Playground - Volunteers are needed to help with Special Events and the monthly Community Play Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing and shoes that can get dirty. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess. While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 6-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days and most Special Events.  Community Days are held on the second Saturday of the month (Feb.- Nov) from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.  Volunteers must be 18 or older, or with an approved service club. Volunteer shifts are usually ½ hour prior to event start and end at close time.  Group Volunteer maintenance and/or special projects, and specialized activity instructors always wanted.  Adventure Playground is located at the Maple Neighborhood Center (formerly Maple Elementary School), 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824. To volunteer, contact Steve Caudle, Play Manager:  or (916) 222-3831.  For a complete list of volunteer opportunities: Upcoming volunteer opportunities: Adventure Playground is currently closed.

Youth Sports Coaches – The City of Sacramento needs volunteers to serve as Youth Sports Coaches.  The Youth Sports Coach plays an essential role in our youth sports programs both as role models and as teachers of “the game,” with an emphasis on using sports as a vehicle to equip our youth with the life skills necessary for success outside of sports.  Coaches must have experience coaching youth in 1 or more of the following sports: Basketball, Flag Football and/or Softball/Baseball.  Coaches will attend various coaching meetings and work closely with head coach and/or program coordinator responsible for the league.  Coaches will receive all training materials and resources needed.  Volunteer coaches need to be available Monday through Friday afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings.  Coaches will volunteer at the South Natomas Community Center with travel to other community centers for game days and meetings. For more information or to apply, contact Javier Rivas at or call (916) 808-1573.  

Office of Councilmember Eric Guerra Internship - The City of Sacramento’s District 6 Office of Councilmember Eric Guerra is hiring an un-paid intern to assist with community outreach efforts, staffing the office, and other projects and activities. The intern will gain valuable work experience.  Under the direction of the District Representative, the intern will perform the following duties:  general administrative tasks, answer and respond to constituent calls, assist staff on projects, attend community and in office meetings, provide outreach to communities, photograph events, organize community events, develop press releases and newsletters, and other duties as assigned. Job Requirements: able to work 20 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible. Hours must be during normal business hours. Have an interest in city government and public service. Possess excellent customer service skills, strong oral and written communication skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office and social media navigation tools. Ability to work in fast-paced environments. Must provide own transportation. Parking will be provided. To apply: please submit resume and cover letter to Alejandro Cabrera at  For more information, contact Alejandro Cabrera at 916-808-1706. Or apply online:


TechConnections - Are you one of the millions of Americans who can barely visualize life before computers and smart phones?  It might be hard to imagine, but there are many older adults here in Sacramento who haven’t yet had the opportunity to join the technology revolution. Hart Senior Center’s TechConnections Program is out to fix that! With the help of volunteers who love technology (or at least see its many benefits!).  TechConnections provides small group classes, workshops and one-on-one tutorials to help seniors get into the computer age.  We’re currently seeking new volunteers for our Fall 2019 session to teach or assist in classes ranging from Introduction to Computers, to Microsoft office programs, Internet, Email and Systems Maintenance.  Volunteers are needed to show seniors how to use devices like tablets and smart phones.  Our cozy classroom for six students, set up with equipment to project our pre-planned lessons onto a large screen, make a great learning environment for students and a rewarding experience for volunteer teachers. Classes are typically 90 minutes in length and range from one-time workshops to six-part sessions., all provided during weekdays, 8 am to 5 pm.  We provide all the support that new instructors might need.  Help seniors bridge the digital divide by becoming a TechConnections volunteer! For more details, contact Program Coordinator Quincia Burleson at, phone (916) 808-5462, or provide your name to staff at the Hart Center’s front desk. 


Volunteer Fitness Court Ambassadors - The City of Sacramento has launched a beautiful outdoor Fitness Court in Roosevelt Park, joining the National Fitness Campaign to fund healthy infrastructure and make world-class fitness free for everyone. Conveniently located in downtown’s Roosevelt Park, 1615 9th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, visitors to the new Fitness Court can bike, jog or run to their no-cost bodyweight gym any day of the week! Designed for adults of all fitness levels, this state-of-the-art outdoor circuit training system provides residents an elegant option for a simple seven-movement workout experience. Volunteer Fitness Court Ambassadors are needed to demo the equipment and work with the highest levels of City leadership to develop a fit and social community.  If you’ve already made a commitment to living a healthy life, there’s nothing more rewarding than sharing your knowledge and expertise to make an impact in our community.  If you or your group would like to become Volunteer Fitness Court Ambassadors, contact Isabella Argueta at or call: (916) 808-1706.  To learn more about Sacramento’s fitness court, visit


Haggin Oaks Golf Course Volunteers – Love golf?  Come volunteer as a Super Shop - Player Assistant for Haggin Oaks Golf Course, 3645 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821.  Volunteers are needed who have exceptional customer service and communications skills, are highly organized and team oriented, have a valid CA driver’s license, are computer literate and available weekdays, weekends and holidays. Golf and golf club knowledge preferred. For more information contact Bill Dixon at or call (916) 808-2533.


Save the Elms program (STEP) - Take a walk, save a tree! Help the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento collect valuable data on our remaining public elm trees. The Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Save the Elms Program (STEP) trains volunteer Community Scientists to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease that has taken the lives of thousands of Sacramento elms since the 1990's. Using a specially designed smartphone application, volunteers report suspected cases of DED in an effort to prevent the rapid decline one of the largest elm populations in the nation. More information can be found here. For questions, comments or to volunteer, please contact Jacey Mayronne at or call (916) 974-4310.


Senior Congregate Meal Volunteers - Seeking outgoing individuals who can assist with our daily lunch program and help promote a friendly, efficient environment. Duties may include: Assisting with greeting guests, recording meals served, orienting and helping new guests complete intake forms, socializing with seniors, assisting with individual needs, such as serving food and beverages, condiments, etc., and other tasks to create a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Volunteers work from approximately 10:15am-12:15pm, Monday through Friday (dependent on scheduling needs).  Desired qualifications: Positive, friendly attitude, willing to help with a variety of tasks, some detail-oriented in nature. May require some bending and lifting.

Length of commitment: Three month minimum, opportunity for long-term.  Interested? Please contact Sabrina Stewart at to request a volunteer application.


Volunteer Pianists Wanted! - Are you looking to put your musical talents to good use? The Ethel Hart Senior Center, located at 915 27th Street, Sacramento,  is seeking a volunteer/s to visit our congregate lunch program and play music to enhance the environment and promote an enjoyable experience for our guests. Pianist volunteers are needed to provide live music from 11am-12pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. We enjoy a wide variety of music from classical to contemporary and have a piano onsite. Desired qualifications- A musical talent or skill to share, interest in providing background music, friendly personality, punctual and reliable. Length of commitment- Can be short-term or ongoing, dependent on your availability and program needs. Interested? Please contact Sabrina Stewart at  to request a volunteer application.


The Sacramento History Museum is looking for new docents and docent assistants. The museum is located at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. Museum Docents lead a variety of educational programs for K-8 students. Docent Assistants help behind the scenes to ensure programs run smoothly. Interested? Please download and fill out our volunteer application. Applications can be submitted through email or dropped off at the Sacramento History Museum. Please note as museum docents and docent assistants work closely with school-aged children, applicants will undergo an interview.  For more information contact Zoey Jennings:  or (916) 808-6896.  Apply today:

Design Lab Facilitator - Come explore the engineering design process in Powerhouse Science Center’s brand-new Design Lab workshop! Map-out, build, and test a prototype solution to a given design challenge. volunteers have FUN engaging families with the engineering and innovation process, and learning how there’s no single “right” answer in engineering. We need volunteers daily to power this new design space. You will be our "guides on the side," helping our visitors as they solve engineering challenges ranging from building bridges and buildings, testing out aerodynamics, constructing electrical circuits, and even coding! Do not worry if you are not an engineering expert, just be willing to smile, assist and learn along with visitors! Minimum age to volunteer is 16. Contact us at or call us at (916) 808-3942.

Powerhouse Science Center Public Programs Team - Do you have a passion for STEM learning or museum education? The Public Programs team at the Powerhouse Science Center offers hands-on learning experiences throughout the year, often facilitated by our volunteer pool. Our goal is to make science and technology fun and accessible to all. You do not have to be a scientist to join us, all we ask is that you are excited to inspire tomorrow’s scientists today! Requirements: Must be aged 16 or older, available on weekends, willingness to work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds, personal or professional background in science, education, or museums is desired, but not necessary, ability to follow instructions from staff, ability to be flexible and creative when necessary, attend orientation and required skill builder workshops throughout the year. Volunteers must be at least 16 and available on Saturdays or Sundays. For more information, contact Diana Shibko or complete the online form.

Adopt-a-Plot:  If you love to garden and want extra space to expand your creativity, consider becoming an Adopt A Plot volunteer for the Historic City Cemetery.  Some gardening knowledge is helpful and there are a few rules to follow, but all beautification efforts are appreciated.  Contact City Cemetery Staff at (916) 808-5621 or (916) 825-9633 if interested. 


McKinley Park Rose Garden - Seeking volunteers to help dead head the 1,200 rose bushes in our beautiful public garden under nonprofit management. To get started new and inexperienced volunteers need to complete a 30 minute training session. After that volunteers pledge to come back on their own schedule for approximately 1 hour a week. Help is needed April through November. For more information email

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. View current listings.

Sac Event Crew– Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you outgoing, friendly and ready to have fun? Join Sac Event Crew, volunteer, and be part of Sacramento’s premiere sporting and community events. Don’t wait! Visit and register to be part of our CREW.

Sacramento Sports Commission a Division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year to many exciting high profile community events including, the AMGEN Tour of California Bike Race (May 2016), USATF Junior Olympics (July 2016), the California State Fair (July 2016), the Grape Escape at Cesar Chavez Park (June 2016), and the annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration including the Festival on Capitol Mall, and the Tower Bridge Dinner. The volunteer opportunities with each event include a variety of assignments such as, set up and tear down, hospitality, assisting in the wine/beer venues, overseeing the information booth, volunteer check-in, just to name a few. For more information and to register, visit We look forward to having you join our team. For further information, contact Danielle Ferroni-Paulsen.

Adopt-a-Park 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 Esteban Lopez at (916) 808-2285.

Angelique Ashby's Youth Action Corps – 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 Andre Favila or visit

Special Events The City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to assist with concerts, park days, and movie nights. Volunteers will assist with various activities and assignments. Earn community hours, make new friends, increase social skills, build your resume, explore a new career and learn valuable job skills. Stay active this summer while having fun. For more information contact Erin Quinonez at (916) 808-8459.

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) or check out our new foster website and sign up online at

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 Zoey Jennings at (916) 808-7059.