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Youth Volunteer Opportunities & Resources

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: june 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: 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:   


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 orientations are 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 next 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!


Wash dishes and save livesThe 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.


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.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities Short-term         

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.


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! The 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.

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 listings for the Board and Commission.

Sacramento Youth Commission - The Sacramento Youth Commission is a youth led advocacy commission whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of life for Sacramento youth by advising the City Council and the public on issues relating to youth policies, programs, and opportunities. Attend the Sacramento Youth Commission meetings to have your say on youth matters and issues affecting young people in the City of Sacramento.  The presence of youth across the City of Sacramento is encouraged and requested at all public meetings.  We hope to see you there!  Meetings are every 1st Monday from 6:00 pm to 8 pm on the second floor of Historic City Hall 915 I St. If you are interested in being a Sacramento Youth Commissioner, please contact:  Maggie White: or (916) 808-6525. For more information and to apply online visit: Sacramento Youth Commission

Sacramento Sports Commission Brand Ambassadors - We’re looking for energetic, self-motivated people to promote Sacramento area sporting events. This is a great opportunity for high-school students or college students looking to be part of Sacramento’s coolest sport and community events volunteer team. Primary role: Greet guests at local events, and other designated locations during upcoming sport -related events in the Sacramento area. No experience required! Orientation/Open House date to be determined. Don’t wait! Send a note of interest today to

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

Parks Volunteer Program – 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 get more information, please contact Richard Perez or (916) 808-2285.

On-Going Youth Opportunities

Animal Care

Front Street Animal Shelter
Description: Operates the City of Sacramento’s animal shelter, providing shelter and care to abandoned dogs, cats, rabbits, etc., with the goal of finding them a safe and nurturing home.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with shelter chores, special events, handling and exercising dogs
and cats, office work, adoption clinics and education
Min Age: 12 with adult supervision
Contact: Janice Wagaman, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-8166
Address: 2127 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
Prerequisites: Application and Orientation. Sign up online.

Sacramento Zoo
Description: Inspires appreciation, understanding and respect for all living things through stimulating education, wholesome recreation and innovative species management.
Volunteer Opportunities:
Summer Camp Counselor: Assist instructors with week long camp classes for children. Duties include crafts, games, enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, face painting, overnight camp programs, and more.
Zoo Teens: Zoo Teens are a group of 13 – 19 year olds interested in animals, the Earth, and our community who volunteer their time on weekends at The Sacramento Zoo. Zoo Teens will develop their own ideals, views, and passions, to help encourage zoo patrons to become better stewards of the Earth. Zoo Teens focus on educating the public about conservation, wildlife, and current events that affect the environment.
Min Age: 15
Contact: Katelyn Ferrie, Teen Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808 - 7709
Address: 3930 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisite: Summer Camp Counselor applications available February through April. Zoo Teen applications available mid-April through June.

Arts, Culture and Museums:

Powerhouse Science Center and Discovery Museum
Description: A family-focused educational institution dedicated to enriching the lives of local residents and visitors to the Sacramento region by encouraging the exploration of history, nature, and space.
Volunteer Opportunities: Children’s weekend activities, museum store assistant, special events, and administrative support.
Min Age: 16
Contact: Diana Shibko, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-3942
Address: 3615 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95821
Social Media: Facebook: Discovery Museum and Space Center Twitter: @discoverysac
Website: Powerhouse Science Center
Prerequisites: N/A

Fairytale Town
Description: Fairytale Town is a nonprofit 2.5 acre outdoor children’s literacy museum, whose mission is to promote the imagination, education, and creativity of children.
Volunteer Opportunities: Fairytale Town is looking for mature, dedicated, hard-working volunteers that would like to give back to their community. Potential volunteers should have a clear goal in mind, and strive to achieve that goal whenever they give service. We strive to develop strong relationships with our volunteers, to keep them coming back year after year to renew their commitment to the community and Fairytale Town.
Minimum Age: 13
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808 - 7462
Address: 3901 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisite: Mandatory volunteer orientation offered quarterly.

Sacramento History Museum
Description: Sacramento History Museum’s mission is to explore, interpret and display the region’s history from the days before the Gold Rush to the present.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers serve in all capacities including administrative work, assisting in museum store, special events set up/tear down, or student docent. Student docents can be gallery guides and lead museum patrons around the museum and answer questions they may have about the museum collections.
Minimum Age: 14
Contact: Zoey Jennings
Phone: (916) 808-7059
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Prerequisites: Application (found on our website); Docent positions will require training.

Old Sacramento Living History Program
Description: Living History volunteers are passionate about history and create re-enactments, lead tours, and participate in events.
Volunteer Opportunities: Historical re-enactments, costume workshops, living history days, and special tours. Events take place throughout the year. Monthly meeting on the second Saturday of the month at 10am.
Minimum Age: 14
Contact: Janice Chang
Phone: (916) 808-7059
Address: 101 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Prerequisites: Online application

Creating a Strong Community:

City of Sacramento – District One Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
Description: works on and participates in a number of events and projects aimed at serving the local community.
Volunteer Opportunities: Be a voice for youth in your community. Represent Vice Mayor Ashby and District One at events. Learn about governance and meet city officials. Create and participate in important service projects.
Min Age: 15 - 20 years old
Contact: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media: Follow us on Facebook.
Prerequisites: Must be a resident or attend a school within District One. Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event:

City of Sacramento Volunteer Services
Description: The City of Sacramento offers a variety of short-term and on-going volunteer opportunities for youth and teens. Contact Mary Lynn Perry at to be added to the e-newsletter list for notification of upcoming events and programs needing volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunities: Animal care, park clean-ups, after-school programs, special events
Min Age: 12 (one-time events available for kids as young as 5 yrs. old).
Contact: Emily McGuire, Volunteer Engagement Specialist 
Phone: (916) 808-8485 
Address: 915 I Street, 1st Floor Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
Prerequisites: Application (Waivers for one time events).

Special Events Team
Description: – The Neighborhood Services/Special Events Department is recruiting volunteers for our Special Events Team. We are looking for volunteers to assist with various community events such as concerts, park days, and movie nights.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to assist with youth activities such as face painting, games, arts and crafts, supervising jump tents, and food service. We are looking for volunteers who have a positive attitude, are outgoing, and are team players. Volunteers must have reliable transportation and be available for weekend events.
Min Age: 16 with parental consent
Contact: Erin Quinonez at (916) 808-8459

Address: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T Street, Sacramento
Prerequisites: Waiver

Sacramento Police Department - Police Cadet Program
Description: This program is part of the Sacramento Police Department’s Youth Services Unit. The curriculum is designed for individuals aged 14 to 20 interested in a law enforcement career.
Volunteer Opportunities: Police Cadets will receive training and hands-on experience in various aspects of law enforcement, leadership, physical fitness, life skills, and community service. Cadets will typically meet weekly.
Min Age: 14-20
Phone: (916) 808-3767
Address: 300 Richards Boulevard substation
Prerequisites: Online application.

Sacramento Youth Commission

Description: The Sacramento Youth Commission is comprised of students who were appointed by the City Council Members and Mayor as a Youth representative of their district. Sacramento Youth Commission’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the quality of life for Sacramento Youth by advising the City Council and the Public on issues relating to youth policies, programs, and opportunities.
Volunteer Opportunities: Attend Sacramento Youth Commission Meetings and earn community service hours! Meetings start at 6:00pm.
Min Age: 14-19
Contact: Maggie White at (916) 808-6525
Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA
Website: Sacramento Youth Commission
Social Media: Follow us on Facebook.
Prerequisites: Online application.

Triple R Adult Day Program
Description: Provides respite for caregivers, recreation for seniors with memory loss and resources for families.
Volunteer Opportunities: Activities include games, crafts, cooking, music, dancing, walks, exercise; visit with the clients and provide companionship.
Minimum Age: 14
Contact: Chantell Albers
Phone: (916) 808-8375
Address: Triple-R has three locations: Midtown,Greenhaven, and North Sacramento.
Prerequisite: Application. Ongoing volunteers must do a TB test.

Helping Those with Disabilities:

City of Sacramento - Access Leisure
Description: Recreational opportunities for children, teens, adults and wounded, injured or ill veterans with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Volunteer Opportunities: River Cats Independence Field is a fully accessible baseball field made of a rubberized surface ideal for players with disabilities that use either manual or power wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or no assistive devices. This play opportunity is open to people with physical, intellectual and or developmental disabilities.
Min Age: 12 with parental attendance
Contact: Jenny Yarrow
Phone: 916 -808- 6017
Address:5734 47th Avenue – Sac. 95824
Prerequisites: Individuals must be energetic, creative, sports minded and patient while being a positive role model. The best volunteers are enthusiastic, and caring, using their own initiative and creativity. Must be emotionally mature.

Access Leisure/Paralympic Sport Sacramento. As such, we offer sport opportunities such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, goalball, handcycling, and track & field. These opportunities are open to teens, youth, adults and veterans with physical or visual disabilities.
Min Age: 18
Contact: Jenny Yarrow
Phone: 916 -808- 6017
Address: 5734 47th Avenue – Sac. 95824
Prerequisites: Individuals must be energetic, sports minded and patient, understanding of recreation activities suitable for children, teens and adults with a range of ability levels. Passion for outdoor activities and sport experiences. Some events may require lifting.

Social and fitness programs are community wide activities open to teens and adults with intellectual disabilities to help enhance social skills and fitness. Activities include trips to the movies, table games,
walking for fitness, weekly bowling, and crafts programs.
Min Age: 16
Contact: Jenny Yarrow or Paula Black Sinclair
Phone: 916 -808- 6045 or 916 -808- 1205
Address:5734 47th Avenue – Sac. 95824
Prerequisites: Individuals must be energetic, creative, sports minded and patient while being a positive role model. The best volunteers are enthusiastic, and caring, using their own initiative and creativity. Must be emotionally mature.

Protecting the Environment

City of Sacramento – Water Conservation
Description: We are here to help City of Sacramento customers use water wisely, which both preserves our limited water resources and can save customers money on their utility bills.
Volunteer Opportunities: most of our volunteer opportunities take place during the spring and summer. Volunteers will help put together packets for home owners, organize and help inventory supplies, prepare mailings and door hangers. Volunteers may also be utilized to help out at community outreach events and distribute door hangers throughout the community.
Min Age: 13+ (9+ with parent or guardian supervision)
Contact: Maureen Coulson
Phone: 916 -808- 5605
Address: 2260 Glen Ellen Cir., Sacramento, CA 95822
Website: Conservation
Prerequisites: complete a volunteer application.

City of Sacramento Parks
Description: Maintains more than 210 parks and open spaces, totaling more than 2,000 acres.
Volunteer Opportunities: One-day and special events for groups only. Activities vary by season and include but are not limited to: gardening, weeding, pruning, planting, brush clearing, spreading mulch, litter and invasive plant removal, and playground or play field preservation or improvement.
Min Age: 18 & younger with Adult
Contact: Richard Perez, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-2285
Address: 5730 24th Street, Building 3 Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisites: Application online
Website: Parks

City of Sacramento – District One - Angelique Ashby's Youth Action Corps
Description: Consists of middle and high school aged students who learn, apply and teach park maintenance techniques to other volunteers in their local parks.
Volunteer Opportunities: Beautify parks throughout Natomas. Oversee clean-up events for other organizations, including registration, tool distribution, training, etc... Lots of individual, partnered, and group opportunities.
Min Age: Middle school or high school students
Contact: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media: Facebook
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event:

City of Sacramento – District One Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT)
Description: Members utilize and/or learn marketing, project management, and/our community outreach skills. They will help start or rejuvenate existing park volunteer programs.
Volunteer Opportunities: Recruit organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations to participate in park clean-up events. Take on park-related projects from start to finish. Learn and utilize important skills like marketing, planning, writing, etc...
Min Age: High school students
Contact: Andre Favila, District One Parks & Youth Liaison
Phone: N/A
Address: City Hall, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Social Media: Facebook
Prerequisites: Bring completed waiver to first meeting/event:

Youth Volunteer Projects

The following projects work well for groups and individuals. If you would like more information about a specific project, please contact the individual listed.

Community Projects for the Front Street Animal Shelter:

•Host a donation drive! We need pet food for our pet food pantry, blankets for our kennels, and newspapers. Donation drives can be held at school or in your neighborhood. Every little bit helps to save lives! Visit here for the wish list.
•Make dog treat bags! Our dog-training volunteers work very hard to help our dogs learn behaviors that will help them get adopted. The best motivator for our dogs is treats! Simply cutting up hot dogs or cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and putting them in Ziploc bags will help.
•Make cat mats! Are you crafty? Then you can help our cats sleep in comfort. Simply sewing two 20inch squares of fleece together with batting in the middle creates comfy cat mats that make our kitties purrrr. Please email Janice Wagaman for more information.

Craft supplies are needed by several programs. Supplies of yarn, fabric, buttons, ribbons, beads and other items can be collected and shared with one or more of the following programs:

  • 4 th R after school program for K-6 students (numerous sites) - contact Joyce Wenger-Johnson  at (916) 808-3849.
  • Triple R day care program for adults 50 and over with memory loss - contact Nina Moran at the Hart Senior Center (916) 808-8375.

Used magazine drive - Triple R day care program for adults 50 and over with memory loss needs used magazines at their sites. To make arrangements, contact Nina Moran (916) 808-8375.

Make quilted, crocheted or knitted lap robes for elderly individuals with memory loss participating in the day program with "Triple R". To discuss arrangements contact Nina Moran at the Hart Senior Center (916) 808-8375. This program has several sites.

For more information or to discuss a special project, please contact Emily McGuire, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at (916) 808-8485.

Youth Volunteer Resources