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City of Carpinteria - Home of the World's Safest Beach
Volunteer Services
 

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.
 

City Volunteer Opportunities

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 and interests.
 

Questions About Volunteering?

Looking for a volunteer position that sounds like it might be the right fit for you? Please call or email Mimi Audelo at (805) 755-4401 or mimia@ci.carpinteria.ca.us

Volunteer Resources

Keeping volunteer resources accessible is important to us. To download important volunteer related documents, handbooks and guides, continue to the Volunteer Resources page.
 

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Carpinteria

There are many organizations that offer fulfilling volunteer opportunities in Carpinteria. Take a look at some of the local opportunities that are available.

The Benefits of Volunteering

Don’t worry… it really is okay to ask, "What's in it for me?"

Whether you 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.

 Volunteering can help you:

  • Learn or develop new skills.
  • Share your knowledge and mentor others.
  • Enhance your résumé.
  • Socialize in a fun and meaningful way.
  • Gain work experience.
  • Learn about issues affecting your community.
  • Build 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 networking contacts.
  • Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past.
  • Communicate to others that you are enthusiastic and care about the community.
  • Make a difference in someone’s life.
  • Develop a sense of achievement.
  • Explore new career possibilities.

Things 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 interests.

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 each position.

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 beginning service.

4.     A City representative will meet face-to-face with you to:

  • Complete the Volunteer Application, Volunteer Program Waiver & Release, Volunteer Agreement and Volunteer Service Statement

  • Review the Volunteer Handbook and City policies and procedures

  • Review the volunteer opportunity position description

  • Provide an orientation to the position and review training requirements and scheduling needs

 

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Mimi Audelo
Program Manager
telephone (805) 755-4401
email mimia@ci.carpinteria.ca.us

 


Contact the City of Carpinteria at:
5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-5405 (805) 684-5304 FAX

Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon.-Fri. Closed holidays
 

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