City Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are vital to the success of our community. City volunteer opportunities are available for individuals or groups such as schools, companies, and clubs. 

Many of our recreation program and park volunteers consist of high school students looking to fulfill community service requirements. The Parks & Recreation team can help find the right program for you and to verify your service hours.

If you are considering  serving on a City commission, go to the "Current Openings" link below for available opportunities.   

To apply as a volunteer, please fill-out a volunteer application form.

 department or program  opportunity description  how to get involved
Adult Community Center (ACC)

The ACC seeks volunteers to help with several activities, including:

  • Reception.
  • Kitchen prep.
  • Instructing.
  • Decorating.
  • Special event planning.
  • Event assistance.
  • Day trip planning.
  • Dining room setup and cleanup.
For more information and questions, contact Linda Scannell at (650) 802-4113 or lscannel@cityofsancarlos.org and fill out a volunteer application to get involved.
Boards and Commissions

The City seeks volunteers to serve on its boards and commissions, which include:

  • Economic Development Advisory Commission.
  • Museum of San Carlos History.
  • Planning Commission.
  • Residential Design Review Committee.
  • San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control Board.
  • Transportation and Circulation Commission.
  • Youth Advisory Council.
  • Parks and Recreation and Culture Commission.

Check for current openings on the city website.

For more information and questions, contact Crystal Mui at (650) 802-4219 or cmui@cityofsancarlos.org and fill out a volunteer application to get involved. 
Community Events The City seeks volunteers to help with various events throughout the year. These events and volunteer roles include:
  • Serving and cleanup for the Community Pasta Bingo Night in January.
  • Serving and cleanup for the Bunny Hop Breakfast in April.
  • Setup and cleanup for the Summer Concerts that are held from July to August.
  • Crafts, field games, setup and cleanup for the Family Campout in August.
  • Serving and cleanup for Nutcracker Tea in November.
  • Booth supervision at the Night of Holiday Lights in December.
  • Serving and cleanup for the Breakfast with Santa in December.
For more information and questions, contact Anna Kertel at (650) 802-4114 or akertel@cityofsancarlos.org and fill out a volunteer application to get involved.
Fire Department The Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. The Spring 2020 CERT Academy will take place April 14 – May 9. The Fire Department also seeks volunteers for administrative/office projects involving single commitments of about 3-10 hours at Fire Station #9 in Redwood City. Contact Jan Peterson at jpeterson@redwoodcity.org or at (650) 780-5790 for questions about CERT, or to get involved in data entry and administrative projects. For more information about CERT Academy and registration, go to the Redwood City CERT Academy website. The Spring Academy currently has a waiting list, but anyone can join monthly CERT meetings and trainings.
Parks and Recreation Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Project are programs that engage individuals, groups, and organizations interested in maintaining and caring for public parks and sites, such as signs, trails, landscape areas, pedestrian spaces, and more. The City provides volunteers with training, supplies, and services that will help them maintain the site and learn about the value of safe, clean, and accessible public places. For more information and questions, contact Amy Newby at anewby@cityofsancarlos.org or (650) 802-4131 and fill out a volunteer application to get involved.
Sheriff's Office

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office offers a variety of volunteer positions, including those in:

  • Deputy Sheriff Reserve.
  • Air Squadron.
  • Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit.
  • San Mateo County Search & Rescue.
  • Cliff Rescue/Dive Rescue/Marine Unit.
  • Law Enforcement.
  • Policing.
For more information, and to become a volunteer, visit the Sheriff’s Office recruitment website and see details and instructions under “Sheriff’s Volunteer Forces.”
Sustainability Volunteers can assist with the annual Laurel Street trash cleanup in April and other sustainability projects around town for Earth Day.  For more information and questions, contact Adam Lokar at alokar@cityofsancarlos.org or (650) 802-4220 and fill out a volunteer application to get involved.
Youth Sports Program The Parks and Recreation Department seeks enthusiastic volunteers to coach Kindergarten – 6th grade recreation basketball and 1st grade – 8th grade flag football. The program’s goal is to create a positive environment that promotes self-confidence while improving skills and knowledge of the game. The basketball league runs Saturdays January – February and the flag football league runs Friday evenings January – February. For more information and questions, contact athletics@cityofsancarlos.org and fill out a volunteer application to get involved.
Youth Center Volunteers can help out at the Youth Center by providing homework assistance at the after-school drop in program and by helping with instruction for special programs. For more information and questions, contact Tyler Muela at tmuela@cityofsancarlos.org or (650) 802-4120 and fill out a volunteer application to get involved.