Thinking about becoming a volunteer for the Parks & Recreation Department? There are many benefits to being a Parks & Rec volunteer, such as:
- You can make a difference in another person’s life;
- Helping others makes you feel good!;
- It allows you to give back to your community;
- You get to spend time involved in an activity you really love, such as sports, wellness, nature or the arts;
- You become a special member of the West Sacramento Parks & Recreation team.
What can I do?
Just as some people play sports or express themselves artistically for their recreation and leisure, others have discovered the joy of being a volunteer. We currently have volunteer opportunities in our Junior Giants Youth Baseball Program and with Special Olympics. Please click on the t-shirt below to see the volunteer job description:
What do I get out of being a volunteer?
Well, besides the satisfaction of making a difference in your community, volunteers have a chance to help others enjoy their recreational experiences, volunteers become eligible for rewards, such as:
- A certificate for 25 hours of service
- A lapel pin for 50 hours of service
- A plaque for 100 hours of service
- Plus incentives for reaching 250, 500 and 1,000 hours of services . . . and beyond!
How do I get started?
If you already know what you'd like to do as a volunteer and are 14 years of age or older, click download individual volunteer application and return to: Parks & Recreation Department, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento, CA 95691, attn: Volunteer Program. After we receive your completed and signed application, a staff member will contact you for a brief discussion to determine how to create the best volunteer experience for you. Still not sure what you'd like to do as a volunteer? Call the Parks & Recreation Department at (916) 617-4620.
What type of security check does the City of West Sacramento perform?
The Parks & Recreation Department is able to thoroughly screen applicants to make sure they are safe to work with members of the public, especially children and senior citizens. Here's how it works: when both the volunteer and staff person in charge of the program of interest agree on a volunteer experience, then the verification process of the volunteer begins, which includes a background check and fingerprinting. The volunteer’s social security number is used to conduct the background check and fingerprints are obtained via Live Scan (taken at the Police Department or Department of Justice). All volunteers must comply with “employment” procedures of both Human Resources and the Parks & Recreation department. A criminal record does not automatically disqualify a volunteer from a work assignment. The nature of the offense and type of work in which the volunteer will be engaged will be taken into consideration before a decision is made. Human Resources and the Parks & Recreation Department will confer in making the decision. However, AB 1663 prohibits the hiring of a volunteer in a position having supervisory or disciplinary authority over a minor if he/she is convicted of specified crimes.
Once the individual has cleared the process, the volunteer is photographed and a volunteer photo ID badge is created and issued. In addition to the photograph and name of the volunteer, the badge will have an expiration date (badges will be reissued annually or on a per program basis), a volunteer ID number and information about the Parks & Recreation Department should the badge become misplaced.
The volunteer photo ID badge is to be worn and displayed by the volunteer whenever the individual is working in a volunteer capacity for the City of West Sacramento. This badge not only identifies you as a City of West Sacramento volunteer, but provides assurance to the public that the volunteer is both qualified and authorized to provide public service.
What if I only need to complete 8 hours of community service?
Often times we find that individuals (such as middle and high school students) are required to perform a specified number of community service hours. If this is the case, then you may be able to complete up to 8 hours of community service working one of our department's special events, such as Father-Daughter Dance, Harmony on the River Concert series, Neighbors Fair and Parade, and helping decorate the City Christmas Tree for the Holiday Tree Lighting and helping out at the tree lighting ceremony, just to name a few. We cannot guarantee that you'll be able to complete all of the hours you need during one special event. Each special event will have a limited number of spots available for volunteers. Most important of all, we do not accept applications for community service hours unless we indicated below that we have an event where an individual might be able to work some hours.
Individuals who intend to complete no more than 8 hours of community services are not required to complete the comprehensive background check or be fingerprinted as they will be working a limited number of hours and will not have supervisory or disciplinary authority over minors or senior citizens.
What is the City Pride Roadside & Public Space Volunteer Service Program?
It's a program for groups of people, such as local businesses or community organizations that would like to help keep clean a section of public streets or city-owned property that is undeveloped. Groups could expect to work at least two (2) hours per month on a day of their choosing. For more information and waivers, please see the links below: