The Volunteer Resources Program promotes collaborative civic engagement through volunteerism.
What we do:
Recruit and place a skilled and committed corps of volunteers and interns in City departments.
Foster direct connections and understanding between residents and City government.
Provide support and referrals for non-profit agencies that serve the Sunnyvale community.
Promote volunteerism, leadership development and civic engagement in Sunnyvale.
CITY OF SUNNYVALE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Click Featured Volunteer Opportunities for information about volunteering at Hands on the Arts and the Summer Teen Volunteer Program.
Click here to view current VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Click here to submit an online GENERAL VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
Click here to submit an online LIBRARY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
Click here to submit an online COMMUNITY SERVICES VOLUNTEER APPLICATION to volunteer at the Senior Center, Community Center or Columbia Neighborhood Center.
Note: Please complete the application form that fits your main interest. Only one application form needs to be completed. You may note all of your skills, interests and availability on any of the forms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why volunteer? The City of Sunnyvale offers both adults and teens ages 13 and older a great way to help their community through volunteer service. Whether looking for an on-going project or a one-time event with City government or an outside agency that serves the community, the Volunteer Resources Program can point interested residents in the right direction.
What opportunities are available? Click here for a current listing of volunteer opportunities, along with other volunteer agencies to contact directly.
What opportunities are available for teens? Opportunities are available to youth ages 13 and older. Some examples of on-going opportunities include Public Safety Explorers and assisting at the Library in the Summer Teen Program. One-day special events include Hands on the Arts, Fit & Fun Fair and the State of the City Celebration.
How much time does it take to volunteer? Some volunteer opportunities are one-day events, while others are regular, longer-term assignments.
Do I need a special clearance? Most volunteer assignments in the City require volunteers to be fingerprinted if they are 18 years of age or older. This involves a brief appointment scheduled with the Department of Public Safety at no cost to the volunteer. Volunteers ages 13 - 17 must have a Parental Permission Form signed by their parent or legal guardian and submitted with their application prior to volunteering.
Ready to get involved? Fill out an online application. If you are primarily interested in volunteering at the Library, please complete the Library volunteer application. Or, complete the Community Services volunteer application if you are mainly interested in helping at the Senior Center, Community Center or Columbia Neighborhood Center with recreation, youth and family support, or neighborhood activities. If you are interested in a specific advertised opportunity, note the name of the opportunity in the application. After review, your application will be referred to a department if there is a match, otherwise, your application will remain in the database until a match comes up with matching background and interests. Once a department receives the referred application, they will notify the applicant of next steps in the process, which may include an in-person or over the phone interview.
Questions? Call the Volunteer Resources Program at (408) 730-7533.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Sunnyvale.