Get Involved with Volunteer Opportunities

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There are many opportunities to get involved with your City by volunteering time or by making a donation for community causes.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Adopt - a - Park You can Adopt-a-Park by volunteering to weed, rake, paint or pick-up trash on a monthly basis as an individual or with an organization to beautify our community. Gifts of cash or equipment support our City street medians.

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Boards & Commissions: If you'd like to make an impact on City policies or services, consider volunteering to serve on a board or commission. For more information, please contact the City Clerk's office at (805) 925-0951 ext. 2305.

Volunteer Application Individuals interested in volunteering service with the City must complete and sign the City's Volunteer Application or Volunteer Waiver prior to receiving a work assignment. For minors, a parent/legal guardian signature is required on the Volunteer Application or Volunteer Waiver. For volunteers less than 16 years of age (minors), the Department Volunteer Coordinator (as his/her designee) must be present to provide supervision during volunteer work assignments. The Department Volunteer Coordinators may, at their discretion, require the presence of a parent/legal guardian to provide additional supervision of the minor during volunteer work assignments. Service in some departments may require the completion of additional forms. City departments are required to maintain volunteer services records along with their volunteer application for a minimum of five years after separating service. Volunteers undergo an orientation, safety training, serve at-will, and are held to many of the same standards as City employees as it relates to policies and procedures.

Library Volunteers: More than 120 volunteers donate their time at the Santa Maria Public Library, helping to re-shelve items, search for missing items, and mend books. Contact Jenn Harmer at (805) 925-0994 ext. 2821.

Los Flores Ranch Park Docent Volunteers: If you enjoy the great outdoors and teaching, consider becoming a docent volunteer at Los Flores Ranch Park, the first of its kind regional open space park in the Santa Maria Valley. At 1,774 acres (nearly 2.8 square miles), the property lies about eight miles south of Santa Maria in the Solomon Hills. Los Flores Ranch Park the first of its kind regional open space park in the Santa Maria Valley. At 1,774 acres (nearly 2.8 square miles), the property lies about eight miles south of Santa Maria in the Solomon Hills.

Police Department Volunteer Program: Police Volunteers come from all walks of life, from professionals in the workforce to retired senior citizens. Volunteers perform many important functions, ranging from marking and warning abandoned vehicles, towing vehicles that have exceeded the 72-hour parking privilege, conducting security checks, and assisting with clerical work in Records, the Traffic Bureau and various other offices. Contact Chrissy Alvarez at (805) 928-3781 ext. 2144.

Special Olympics: Special Olympics Southern California offers 12 different year-round sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. 
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills, and success. Athletes find joy, confidence, and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. 
The Santa Maria program is managed by Special Olympics San Luis Obispo. To get more information on how to become an athlete and the opportunities available, please visit

People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (P.L.A.Y., Inc.): The People for Leisure And Youth Inc. is a non-profit public benefit corporation committed to promoting public welfare and education through the acceptance of contributions for use in enhancing, maintaining, and promoting the recreation, leisure, and parks services offered by the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department. These services offer a multitude of personal, social, economic, and environmental benefits. Contact Dennis Smitherman at (805) 925-0951 ext. 2263.

Fourth of July Fireworks: The annual fireworks spectacular is made possible by community donations. Individuals and businesses alike step up to make the show a success! To contribute, contact Dennis Smitherman at (805) 925-0951 extension 2263.