Volunteers provide a broad source of
expertise, talent, and support for City
programs. Volunteers assist with special events,
greet visitors, foster animals, conduct tours,
clean up creeks and so much more. To learn more
about how you can get involved and make a
difference in your community, click on any of
the links below.
The City offers many exciting ways to
get involved with community programming.
From greeting visitors to planting
native plants and everything in between,
we provide volunteer opportunities that
will appeal to a wide spectrum of skills
Looking for a volunteer position that sounds
like it might be the right fit for you?
Please call or email Mimi Audelo at (805)
The Benefits of Volunteering
Don’t worry… it really is okay to ask,
"What's in it for me?"
are interested in playing a hands-on role in solving
community issues, bringing attention to a worthy cause
or achieving personal growth, volunteering in your
community offers many benefits in appreciation for
your gift of time and talent.
can help you:
- Learn or
develop new skills.
- Share your
knowledge and mentor others.
- Enhance your
- Socialize in a
fun and meaningful way.
- Gain work
- Learn about
issues affecting your community.
self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Gain a better
understanding of city government.
- Have a
positive impact on your community.
- Meet a diverse
range of people.
- Make important
gratitude for help you may have received in the
- Communicate to
others that you are enthusiastic and care about the
- Make a
difference in someone’s life.
- Develop a
sense of achievement.
- Explore new
to Consider Before Selecting a Volunteer Position
How much time do you
have available to give?
Are you looking for a volunteer position where you
serve a few hours each week, as needed or full-time?
Would you prefer a position that has a structured
schedule or one that is more flexible? When selecting
a volunteer opportunity, consider the amount of time
you can realistically devote on a regular basis, and
for what length of time overall.
What service would you like to provide?
Do you want to focus your efforts on a particular
issue, such as the environment or disaster
preparedness? Do you want to serve people directly,
complete administrative tasks, or do physical labor?
Do you enjoying spending time outdoors or do you
prefer an office environment? Determining the type of
service you'd like to provide will help you narrow
your choices and find an opportunity that meets your
What skills and talents are you interested in
using or developing?
Do you have a special set of skills that you'd like to
utilize during your service experience, or are you
interested in developing new skills? Many volunteer
opportunities will provide a chance for you to utilize
special skills or talents, while others will allow you
to try something completely different.
Will available volunteer
positions meet your needs?
Are you looking to meet new
people and build a social network? Would you like to
gain professional work experience and enhance your
resume? Do you want to volunteer a specific number of
hours each week? Determining what your needs are and
what you ultimately want to get out of your volunteer
experience will help you find an opportunity that best
fits your needs.
How to Get Involved>
1. Visit the Current
Volunteer Opportunities page to review available City
volunteer positions. Carefully read through the
position description, so you clearly understanding the
duties, qualifications and training requirements for
2. When you have located a position(s) you
are interested in learning more about, complete and
submit the Volunteer Interest Form.
3. A City representative will contact you to
discuss your interest and next steps. Note: Some
volunteer positions do require training prior to
4. A City representative will meet
face-to-face with you to:
Volunteer Application, Volunteer Program Waiver &
Release, Volunteer Agreement and Volunteer Service
Volunteer Handbook and City policies and procedures
volunteer opportunity position description
orientation to the position and review training
requirements and scheduling needs