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Citywide Volunteer Program

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Thank you for your interest in the City of Scottsdale's Volunteer Program.  Citizen volunteers play a critical role in supporting the city's mission to provide "Simply better service for a world-class community."  

There are a variety of opportunities available for citizens to volunteer.  Volunteer Program areas are listed below with contact information: 

Adaptive Recreation Services

Jessica Latham

Volunteer opportunities are offered year-round for coaching Scottsdale Bobcats Adaptive sports programs including swimming, track & field, basketball, cheerleading, flag football and bowling. Those interested will work with individuals of all ages with a range of disabilities. Volunteer coaches will be required to commit for an entire 8 week season that includes once-a-week practices along with occasional weekends. In addition to practices, volunteers need to attend a pre-season disability awareness training, complete a series of online training sessions, attend two all-day competitions and join the team for an awards banquet. If this sounds like an opportunity that you may be interested in, please call or email us. Go Bobcats!

Eduardo Durazo

Each fall and winter, the Adopt-A-Family Program helps families for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  We support up to 500 families or individuals to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with a holiday meal.  We help match sponsors to families so they are able to have a special holiday.  Help hand out food boxes and bags of toys.

Judy Melton
A roadside rid litter program where participants volunteer to pick up trash along designated adopted roads on an as-needed basis.

Leslie Lory

Each fall and winter, the Adopt-A-Senior Program serves low income, homebound, isolated seniors in Scottsdale by matching generous donors who "adopt" eligible seniors and supply gifts from their "wish list".  There are many ways to contribute besides "adopting" a senior.

Back to School
Eduardo Durazo

Each year the Back to School Program helps school kids return to school with pride!  The Back to School Program helps up to 500 school kids with a backpack, school supplies, two sets of clothes; including pants, a pair of shorts, two tops, socks and shoes.  Help children return to school with pride by volunteering and helping with set up, organizing and handing out backpacks and school supplies.

Beat the Heat
Leslie Lory

Every June, the Via Linda and Granite Reef Senior Centers provide a care package of summer goods for our isolated, frail and homebound seniors.  Accepted donations include:

  • New reusable water bottles
  • Nutritional supplement drinks (Ensure/Bounce regular & no sugar, Gatorade)
  • Bottled water
  • Healthy snack items
  • Unused personal hygiene items (trial & regular size)
  • Forever stamps
  • Grocery store gift cards

Boards & Commissions
Rachel Smetana

The City Council nominates candidates for vacant positions from those that apply to serve on the City's Board and Commissions.  The Council relies on these citizen-based Boards and Commissions to research issues, reach out to community members and recommend policy direction on a variety of issues important to the city's future.  Scottsdale residents can find information about the vacancies and functions of these boards and commissions on the city's website.

Career Center
Eduardo Durazo
The Career Center One Stop Shop provides job development services for participants of the Vista Paiute Job Preparation Program.  Volunteers help individuals on a walk-in basis, by providing assistance, which including the unemployed/unemployed, working poor and welfare recipients.  Volunteers also maintain statistics, prepare data entry updates and reports, provide career guidance, and assist with the use of computers.

Customer Service Department
Mail opening and sorting
Heather Bessett
We are looking for individuals to help open, sort, and prep a large volume of daily mail received within our Remittance Processing operations.  This challenging opportunity offers volunteers a glimpse of the scale of operations needed to process payments submitted to the City and ability to work in a team environment.  Volunteers are needed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, and asked to commit one day a week for a period of 12 weeks.  Our office is located on the southeast corner of Indian School Road and Civic Center Blvd.

Downtown Ambassador
Joy Racine
Are you people oriented?  Excited about Downtown Scottsdale?  Interested in sharing your excitement and knowledge with visitors who are new to the Downtown?  Then consider volunteering as a Downtown Scottsdale Ambassador.

Ambassador volunteers are asked to fulfill a 3 hour shifts at one of two information sidewalk carts, with time slots available between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. During your shift, you will have the opportunity to interact with visitors to the Downtown area providing information on various restaurants, sites to visit and shopping venues.

Fire Department
Maria Luna

Scottsdale Fire Department volunteers work directly with the public teaching residents how to become LifeSavers, prepare for emergency situations and reduce fall risk among seniors. Volunteers also work at our Headquarters taking care of administrative and customer service assignments.

Food Bank
Eduardo Durazo

The Vista del Camino food bank is licensed by Maricopa County Health Services.  The food bank serves individuals and families, who live in Scottsdale and who are having difficulty meeting their food needs.  Volunteers accept and sort donations, make food boxes, and assist with daily operations of the Food Bank.

Handlebar Helpers Program
Juan Gonzalez
What makes Handlebar Helpers Program such a unique volunteer program in the city of Scottsdale? You can earn a free bike volunteering at any of the programs listed on the City of Scottsdale Volunteer website. We have two programs that benefit children between the ages of 12-17 and adults looking to volunteer.

  1. Earn-A-Bike program, Scottsdale residents and nonresidents can earn a free bike by contributing 25 hours of volunteer time through the city’s volunteer programs. This program is open to both children and adults, that volunteer at local schools, nonprofit agencies or our city Volunteer Programs.
  2. Handlebar Helpers Apprentice program, for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age. Participants work on bicycles during the week after school, learning how to repair and recondition bicycles, under the supervision of skilled volunteers and City staff. We are also looking for long term adult volunteers with technical bike repair experience to assist in supervising and teaching apprentices.

Eduardo Durazo

On Fridays during the school year, school children who have limited access to food on weekends are given packs filled with easy to prepare, nutritious meals and snacks.

Healthy Packs provide a bag of non-perishable nutritious food for each child to take home and eat every weekend during the school year.  Help make a pack! 

Brandon Chapman & Richard McKirchy (Volunteer Coordinators)
480-312-2530 & 480-312-6016

The library is an exciting place to work with many opportunities available between our five locations. We have volunteer jobs for those who like to work with people such as assisting or conducting story times, working in our Library Shops, providing triage customer service, doing outreach, assisting customers with computer questions and teaching computer classes. We also have a variety of jobs for those who like to be more behind the scenes such as checking in materials, organizing and shelving books, pulling customer holds and merchandizing our library.

Library Branch - Volunteer Program Contacts

Appaloosa Library 

Jennette Cisneros

Arabian Library 

Kelly Hudson

Civic Center Library     

Brandon Chapman

Mustang Library

Richard McKirchy

Palomino Library

Kate Malstaff

Joy Racine

Mediators assist with simple neighbor-to-neighbor issues by allowing two parties to come together in a safe environment and helping them to come to an agreed-upon resolution. The mediators do not make any decisions but are a facilitator of dialogue.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve
(480) 998-7971

The City of Scottsdale partners with a private, non-profit organization "MSPC" that provides stewards for the preserve, educational programs & hikes. For more information on the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy visit: www.mcdowellsonoran.org

Volunteer opportunities in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve cover a wide of activities – almost all of which are outdoors in the Preserve itself. Projects such as cactus salvage and revegetation, mitigation of damaged or scarred areas within the Preserve, trail maintenance and sometimes minor trail construction, trash and litter pick-up and removal, invasive weed removal, natural habitat improvement, sign and fence installation, to name a few of the categories. Projects are completed in groups, most of which are trained, experienced Preserve volunteers.

Preserve staff provide all tools, materials and training to do the work – we just ask that you bring a good pair of work gloves, a water bottle (we have water for refills) and good, sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots. Dress appropriate to weather conditions and work assignment.

Operation Fix It: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Michelle Bruce
This program provides assistance to qualifying homeowners or tenants who are physically or financially unable to maintain their properties.  Operation Fix It teams volunteers and local businesses to provide labor and materials.

Parks & Recreation- Helping Hands
Sunny Nakagawa
Interested in giving back to the community?  There are several volunteer opportunities for those interested in working in a parks and recreation environment including; one time special events, trail maintenance, youth sports coaching or officiating, working in a community center and more! For additional information please email or call.

Paiute Neighborhood Center
Anna Valadez
Paiute is always in need of volunteers for the following programs:

  • After School Program homework help
  • Senior Center desk coverage
  • Paiute Holiday Toy Program


Pinnacle Peak Park
Yvonne Massman
Do you like to hike, meet people, enjoy the Sonoran Desert and share your knowledge of our special environment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Pinnacle Peak Park has a variety of volunteer opportunities available to you. Training begins in October with local geology, flora, fauna, history and archaeology.

Chris Vassall
Police volunteers work within several divisions of the department in clerical support positions and assist patrol in vehicle transport. Volunteers must be citizen academy graduates before being eligible for any positions that may be available. Citizen academy applications can be located at http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Police/recruit/volunteer.asp and two sessions are held each year. Volunteer applications are only accepted if a position is available and any and all openings are posted on the Police website.

Senior Centers
Granite Reef Senior CenterApril Slater 480-312-1700
Via Linda Senior Center - Leslie Lory 480-312-8456
Scottsdale Senior Services provides an integrated system of services, resources and opportunities to help people improve their lives, neighborhoods and community through recreation, social services, and health and wellness services. Both Scottsdale Senior Centers, Via Linda Senior Center and Granite Reef Senior Center, offer various volunteer opportunities for you to make a difference. Some examples include concierge, blood pressure screeners, intergenerational programs, home delivered meals, lunch program, computer lab, peer support program, and special events.

Eric Allen
The Volunteer Sign Removal Program utilized volunteers in the removal of illegal right-of-way signs.

For questions regarding the Citywide Volunteer Program, contact:
Cindi L Eberhardt