Volunteer Pasadena is a City of Pasadena program that matches citizens’ skills and energy with current needs in our city. If you're already familiar with the Volunteer Pasadena program and would like to get started, just follow the links below. If you'd like more information on the program, please see the remainder of this page, and following pages.
- This page will explain the process of filling out the volunteer application, and provide information for returning it.
- Our Volunteer Pasadena brochure (657kb) is a downloadable PDF file which you can print, explaining more about the program.
- The Special Events section will show you what upcoming opportunities are available, if you would like to be involved on a non-continuing volunteer basis.
- If you'd like to see a list of the most immediate needs, our Most Wanted page lists those events that will be upon us soon that have unfilled needs, and those ongoing positions that remain unfilled.
All information other than the top link above is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. If you do not have the Acrobat PDF software installed on your computer, you may obtain the software for free here
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For individuals desiring a deeper educational experience, the Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Join our volunteer corps and help preserve the habitats that have been entrusted to us, while providing experiences and educational opportunities within nature for many people. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Armand Bayou Nature Center, click here.
We encourage citizens to give of their time and talents, meeting our community’s needs through volunteering. Volunteer Pasadena supports the active participation of volunteers in our community. We partner with private and community based organizations to provide city-wide volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer Pasadena makes every effort to involve as many citizens as possible in the actual workings of city government. Volunteers are a diverse group with a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Volunteer Pasadena enriches the quality of life in the community by enhancing City services through the individual efforts of the volunteers. Volunteers gain insight into, and understanding of, the complex problems the City faces in providing all the services requested of us.
Our volunteers are the best in the world...so naturally, we wanted to tell the world! That's how our Volunteer Spotlight came about, and now you can see some of our most dedicated volunteers as we spotlight them each month with an award plaque presented by Mayor Johnny Isbell. Be looking for them on Pasadena Channel cable television 16 and 121.1 and now on at&T U-Verse channel 99, on the City's Facebook page and here on the City website.
Volunteer Pasadena was initiated by Mayor John Manlove. During his mayoral campaign the mayor was impressed by the willingness of citizens to volunteer due to their love of Pasadena. This solidified his belief in the generosity and caring of the citizens of Pasadena. Mayor Manlove knew that if a volunteer program was created Pasadenans would be willing to share their time and talents with others. The Volunteer Pasadena program was established in April 2002. Our volunteer program continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our community and to utilize the diverse skills and abilities of citizens.
Giving Back to the Community
Volunteer Pasadena provides opportunities for citizens to contribute to the welfare of the community through volunteerism. From tutoring programs to customer service surveys and participating in special events, there are numerous opportunities available within the City. The first step for potential volunteers is to complete the Volunteer Application Forms. Upon review of the application and the passing of a background check, the Volunteer Pasadena Manager will contact the applicant regarding his/her interests and qualifications.
Volunteering benefits both the individual and the City, each receiving their own rewards. As a City volunteer, you will experience numerous benefits. Here are some reasons to start volunteering today:
Show pride as you give back to your community.
New and gratifying ways to fill free time.
Contribute your knowledge, skills, interest and enthusiasm.
Set a positive example and encourage others to do the same.
Meet new and interesting people.
Earn school credit.
Involvement after retirement.
Learn more about City government and your community.
Experience how good it feels to help someone.
Gain valuable experience.
Letters of recommendation.
Add variety and spice to life.
Volunteer several hours a week or just for special events. Any amount of time you give can help make a difference.
Interested in what types of positions are available, and what the requirements are for volunteering?
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