City of Sacramento Volunteer Program

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Basic Information

Address: Historic City Hall 915 I Street, 2nd Floor Department of Human Resources Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: 916-808-8317
Fax Number: 916-808-1907
Director: Mary Lynn Perry

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City of Sacramento Volunteer Program
City of Sacramento Volunteer Program
City of Sacramento Volunteer Program
City of Sacramento Volunteer Program

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Environment, Education, Seniors, Public Safety, Recreation, Sports, Community Events
Population Served: adults, seniors, youth, teens
Ages for Volunteer: 12 and up
Hours of Service: 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, some programs also open evenings and weekends
Minimum Hours Required: 4 per event
Days of Service: Global Youth Service Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mission Statement:

To create an avenue for civic participation by community members and to enhance the
provision of services through volunteer support. To create a strong and vital linkage
between the citizens of Sacramento and the City’s programs. To offer a variety of
volunteer opportunities suitable to a diverse population.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

To promote the value of volunteerism in the City and be the recognized leader in
providing exceptional volunteer opportunities to youth, teens, adults and seniors

Program History:

The City of Sacramento Volunteer program was officially established in 2004 and has grown to include volunteers at the highest levels in the Mayor and City Council offices as well as throughout the departments and programs of City government. Volunteers provided over 390,000 hours of service to the City and it's programs in 2009-2010. Volunteers range in age from 5 to over 90 and assist with beautification of parks, help care for children in after-school programs, teach seniors computer skills, staff information booths, provide exercise and socialization for shelter animals, coach sports for children with disabilities, help with fairs and festivals, serve as water conservation ambassadors, and provide free income tax preparation for low-income residents to name just some of the opportunities. In the area of public safety, volunteers patrol neighborhoods as part of the VIPS program, train for disaster preparedness with CERT and support the fire fighters through the Fire Reserves. Opportunities exist for adults, youth and teens as well as seniors. Short-term options include many one-day events and there are long-term options for those willing to make a more significant commitment. Groups are welcome to participate in large-scale projects as well.


The City hosts many events throughout the year such as local festivals and fairs, neighborhood clean-ups, exhibit openings, parks beautification events, disaster drills and more. Large days of service include Global Youth Service Day in April and Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.

Additional Information:


The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, teens and youth. These include on-going volunteer positions as well as short-term activities. For opportunities with the City of Sacramento, contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-8317 or email: or go to the City’s web site: or   You can sign up for email notification when the web pages are updated with new listings. Just complete the on-line form. You can also follow us on Twitter: and become a fan on Facebook: