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 Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations

November 2017

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 Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317. Follow us on Twitter or visit us on Facebook.

Orientations and Trainings

District One/PLAY Youth Orientations – 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 Andre Favila. Upcoming orientations will be held at North Natomas Public Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835.

Upcoming PLAY Orientations:

  • Thursday, November 16th, 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 28th, 3:30 pm


Help People File Their Taxes - Your help is needed! Together we can make sure that working families throughout Sacramento are able to keep their hard-earned money. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) helps bring back millions of dollars to working families in our community by providing free tax assistance for low and moderate income households. Last year, the Coalition for Working Families helped keep more than $6 million in the pockets of residents by coordinating the VITA program. This success is only possible through a dedicated volunteer base. In 2016, the Capital Region VITA Coalition trained and certified nearly 270 volunteers and surpassed all tax season expectations, but still fell short serving all the Sacramento families that needed VITA services. We simply need more volunteers. Please tell your friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers that we need them to volunteer, too! Classroom or online training is required for all new volunteers and begins in November. View more information or sign up!

In-Kind Donation Requests

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. You may also donate online. If you have any questions, please email Janice Wagaman.

Short-term 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 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.

Land Park Volunteer Corps - Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday, November 18th at 9 am.  This is the last workday of the year. Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park. 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

Thanksgiving Dinner & Dance, Saturday, November 18th - Help out at Access Leisure's annual Thanksgiving celebration! Bring together a lovely evening that includes a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with friends and a dance to all your favorite music hits. Thanksgiving Dinner & Dance will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 4pm-10pm at Hart Senior Center! Up to 25 volunteers are needed for the event. Volunteers must be at least 16.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205.


Social Media and Communications Intern or Volunteer  assists with and coordinates social media as well as a variety of communications and marketing tasks for the City of Sacramento Volunteer Program. This position will offer an intern or volunteer the opportunity to experience city government while working on a variety of topics that directly impact the community and to utilize their marketing and communications skills. The Intern or volunteer will manage and engage in a variety of social media platforms, draft a consistent schedule of content for various social media channels, analyze and track impressions and engagement across platforms, support relevant community influencers, research social media trends and innovations, participate in the production of multimedia content for marketing, create e-newsletters, post volunteer opportunities on a variety of online platforms, create flyers and other promotional materials,create social media toolkits to assist with promotion, assist with planning volunteer events such as volunteer fairs, orientations, trainings, and volunteer coordinator meetings,serve as brand ambassador at meetings, community events and volunteer fairs, other duties as assigned. Skills needed: knowledge of and experience using social media platforms, concise and creative writing skills, and graphic design skills.  Duration 3-6 months and can be extended, 8-15 hours per week, unpaid, flexible work schedule in a dynamic work environment, on and off-site.  For more information please contact Mary Lynn Perry at (916) 808-8317 and to apply, please visit:


Day After Thanksgiving at Fairytale Town, Friday, November 24th - Fairytale Town offers FREE admission to visitors who bring in a canned good to donate the day after Thanksgiving! All goods collected will be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive. Visitors enjoy free play inside of Fairytale Town, plus free arts and crafts activities. Puppet Art Theater Company will also be on hand to present a puppet show! Visitors can watch a holiday version of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Volunteers are needed to assist from 9 am to 4 pm.  Duties may include: costumed characters, maintenance, arts & crafts, greeters, storytelling, stage hand, leaf raking, and games.  For this event volunteers are asked to wear WARM, winter/fall colored clothing. Turkey Hats or other costumes are encouraged! To volunteer visit:

Goalball, December 2nd and 16th - Join Access Leisure in facilitating the sport of Goalball! Goalball is a sport designed for the blind and visually impaired. The sport was originally created to assist in the rehabilitating of War veterans who lost their sight in WWII. It is played with two teams of up to 6 athletes. Learn the game so you can help referee the practice, get the Goalball after play, and restart games. Tasks also include helping out with court set-up and tear down. Goalball will be held on December 2nd and 16th, from 10am-4:00pm at CSU Sacramento, Yosemite Hall 183. Volunteers must be at least 14.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205. 


Lunch & Cinema Saturday December 2nd – Help with Access Leisure’s fun movie and lunch event on Saturday, December 2nd. Volunteers are needed to assist from 10:00am to 3:30pm at UA Market Square (at Arden Fair). Come and enjoy a day out to the movies and lunch with friends. Several food choices available in the market place venue.  2-3 Volunteers needed. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205 or


Video Pizza Monday December 4th - Help with Access Leisure’s fun video and pizza night on Monday, December 4th.  Volunteers are needed from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street, Sacramento.  See the latest release and enjoy some pizza.  3-4 volunteers are needed. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205 or


George Sim Community Center Health and Wellness Expo - Help showcase Outdoor Recreational sports like Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, and Yoga at a Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, December 9th from 11:30 am to 6 pm at the George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan Street, Sacramento. 6 volunteers (minimum 18 years old) will help supervise the event. Volunteers will be working with children of all ages and will have the opportunity to play and participate in all the activities the event has to offer. Volunteers will assist with the soccer area, oversee individuals from the community center, assist with the rugby team, and help with the gym. Food will be provided to the volunteers and other free items. If you’d like to help, contact Thomas Lawson at


 Winter Wonderland - Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town Saturdays December 9th and 16th and Sundays December 10th and 17th.  Shifts are 12 pm to 4 pm, and 4 pm to 8 pm. Our storybook park will be open for play, trimmed with festive holiday décor and lit up with a dazzling display of lights, starting at dusk each night. Plus, don’t miss a flurry of snow fall nightly at 7pm near the Mother Goose Stage!   On the weekends, even more holiday fun awaits with hands-on activities, a holiday marketplace, Victorian carolers and more! Santa will also be making a special stop at Fairytale Town too. Volunteers are needed to help with crafts, set-up and take down, general crowd control, greeter, and costumed characters. For Winter Wonderland we are asking all volunteers to wear Holiday, warm, winter, or red & green colored clothing. Santa hats or other costumes are encouraged!  To volunteer, visit:


Holiday Shopping, Tuesday December 12th – Assist Access Leisure at this holiday shopping event on Tuesday, December 12th from 5:30 pm – 8:30pm at Arden Fair Mall 1689 Arden Way Sacramento, Ca 95815.  Volunteers will meet at the West End of Sears (next to Sears Automotive Center). Get your holiday shopping done while spending time with friends, you will be helping the participant shop and have dinner, (bring your own money for dinner and some shopping).  12-15 Volunteers needed.  Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205 or


Glenn Hall Adopt-a-Park Day – On Saturday, December 16th, join with Councilmember Jeff Harris, neighbors and friends for a clean-up day at Glenn Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Drive, Sacramento.  Volunteers will work from 9 am to noon to rake, prune, pick up trash and tidy up the park.  Please bring work gloves if you have them, wear closed-toed shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty.  For more information and to volunteer, contact David Gonsalves Groups and adults as well as teens are welcome!


Evening Social & Holiday Bingo, Monday December 18thAssist Access Leisure with a holiday party on Monday, December 18th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the Hart Senior Center -  915 27th St., Sacramento, Ca 95816. Enjoy an evening of food, bingo, and friends. 15-20 volunteers needed. Volunteers must contact and fill out a volunteer form before coming to an event. Volunteers must be at least 16. Contact Michelle Tabarango at (916) 808-1205 or


Happy Holidays from Fairytale Town! - Guests who visit on Sunday, December 24th Christmas Eve receive free admission. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with a day of free play for the whole family.  Volunteers are needed to help with crafts, set-up and take down, general crowd control, greeter, and costumed characters. For this event we are asking all volunteers to wear warm, Winter, holiday, or red & green clothing. Santa hats or other costumes are encouraged! Shifts are 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 12 pm to 3 pm.  To volunteer, visit:


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.

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.

TechConnections at the Hart Senior Center! - Teach older adults (age 50+) how to get connected using computers and other devices! Volunteer to instruct or assist in a series of classes, short term workshops or provide individualized assistance. Teach/assist a maximum of six beginner or intermediate students using lessons designed for older adult learners. Topics may include Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, Internet and Email, System Maintenance, Skype, tablets and more. The world of modern technology is ever changing, so help teach seniors how to stay in touch with friends and family, access information and use apps and programs to bridge the digital divide. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to share your computer knowledge and skills with older adults in our community. Volunteering with this program is a wonderful way to spend the free time you may have and can help build a resume and utilize your existing talents! Desired qualifications: Interpersonal skills-patience, good communication skills, comfortable speaking in front of small groups, enjoys working with others, teaching experience is a plus. Technical skills- experience using Microsoft software including Windows XP, Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating systems, Edge (formerly known as Internet Explorer), Microsoft Office suite, social media sites, etc. Length of commitment: Classes are offered Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8am-5pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available. Most courses meet for six 1 ½ hour lessons. Volunteer commitment includes class time, (plus 15 minutes set up/shut down) and time spent reviewing curriculum before each lesson. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Alicia Black to request a volunteer application.

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 Richard Perez at (916) 808-2285.

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 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.