The goal of the Community Volunteer Program is to improve the quality of life for Glendale residents and volunteers through valuable public service projects.
The Glendale City Council created this fantastic program as a one-year pilot project in 1998. The reason for starting such a program was simple—involving Glendale residents and community groups in volunteer service projects develops a healthier, more livable city!
The program is now an ongoing city service in the Neighborhood Partnership Office, which gives volunteers a sense of pride by contributing to improvements in the community. In the ten years since the program was created, Glendale has benefited greatly from these projects. Since 1998, more than 25,000 volunteers have contributed nearly 95,000 volunteer hours, which are valued at more than $1.7 million.
Community volunteer projects are designed for large groups of volunteers. The average size of a group is about 25. So gather your friends, relatives or co-workers and become involved in the community. Individual volunteers are welcome to contact the office about volunteer opportunities and join a group of volunteers to help out in the community.
We do not assist those who must complete court-ordered community service. Contact the Parks & Recreation department at 623-930-2691 for assistance with court-ordered community service.
To find out more about our Community Volunteer Program, click here for our brochure.
Whether you’re an individual or a member of a group, the first step in getting involved with city volunteer projects is to register with Glendale’s Community Volunteer Program. In order to register, fill out a Registration Form and a Volunteer Pledge Form and mail it to:
Community Volunteer Program
Glendale City Hall
5850 W. Glendale Ave., SB 42
Glendale, AZ 85301
Once you or your group registers with the city, you will be entered into a database and begin receiving a quarterly Volunteer E-Newsletter of upcoming volunteer projects.
About the Program
What happens at the site: Glendale’s community volunteer coordinator attends all volunteer projects (unless otherwise specified). The necessary tools and supplies will be provided at the site, a brief overview of the project will be conducted, instructions given on the work to be performed, safety precautions covered and the project supervised. Any on-site questions or concerns should be directed to the coordinator.
All volunteers need to sign-in on a designated log sheet and turn in their “Volunteer Pledge” form (a small claims liability waiver). Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver form and be accompanied by an adult, one adult per ten youth.
Glendale's Community Volunteer Program is valuable to the entire city for many reasons. For instance, the program provides volunteer opportunities for interested citizens, community groups and other organizations; engages residents and others to take responsibility for enhancing the quality of life in their city; assists residents (who qualify) and local non-profit agencies with certain types of public improvement projects; offers free advice and tools to neighborhoods.
When schools, neighborhoods and dedicated individuals work together, it benefits the entire community. Glendale’s goal is to involve volunteer groups that represent a variety of community organizations, from civic and youth groups to businesses and the faith based community.
The Community Volunteer Program wants to make it easy for people to learn about volunteering and community service projects. To join the 500-plus organizations and individuals already registered and learn of upcoming opportunities, contact us today. Call (623) 930-2915.
Assisting citizens and neighborhoods
Glendale residents that have special needs can request one-time assistance through the city’s Community Volunteer Program. The program focuses on helping individuals who have a sincere and bona fide need for service. This includes individuals who are unable to perform the work themselves.
If you answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions, you may qualify for free volunteer services through this program:
Are you a Glendale resident?
Are you currently experiencing financial challenges?
Are family members or neighbors unable to assist you?
Do you have physical limitations that affect your ability to do the work yourself?
Projects typically not recommended for service include:
Those that do not benefit the overall community or show a public benefit
Projects that do not demonstrate sufficient or sincere need
Those who have received assistance from the program in the past
The program is not able to accommodate skilled labor such as plumbing, roofing or electric work. If you qualify and would like to request volunteer services, please contact Community Volunteer Program at (623) 930-2915 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
There are several other volunteer opportunities through this program to become involved in larger Valley-, state- and nation-wide projects throughout the year. These include, but are not limited to:
6th Annual Serve Day in Glendale a Success Thanks to Volunteers
Serve Day is a faith-based, community-oriented event organized by various local churches, who encourage their members to participate. The 6th annual Serve Day was held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 and was a huge success. More than 500 volunteers from Community Church of Joy, Christ’s Church of the Valley, Faith Bible Church, and The Vineyard participated. The volunteers completed more than 2,950 volunteer hours for a total of $58,750 of volunteer time. The volunteers worked on 20 different projects in Glendale including:
Blue Sky Mobile Home Park (painted 4 homes, painted house numbers on the curbs, cleaned-up front yards)
Granada Estates Neighborhood (cleaned up front yards and an empty lot)
Pioneer Elementary School (painted the playground equipment.)
Heart of Glendale Neighborhoods (painted 4 homes, landscaped front yards, painted house numbers on the curbs, cleaned up the local parks.)
Glendale Residents Benefit From Home Improvement Program From Habitat And M&I Bank
Glendale residents in the Heart of Glendale neighborhood benefited from minor home repairs, exterior house painting, yard clean-up and landscaping thanks to the launch of a new program called “A Brush with Kindness.” Read more
Celebrate Earth Day Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Time: 7 am – 10 am Project: Join millions around the globe to make your community and the world cleaner and more sustainable as part of the annual Earth Day celebration. Volunteers are needed to help clean up New River and Trail. To volunteer for this event, contact the City of Glendale Volunteer Program at 623-930-2915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Hands Day Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 Time: 9 a.m. - Noon Project: Groups of volunteers and individuals are needed to help with a neighborhood cleanup effort to observe “National Join Hands Day” on Saturday, May 4th from 9 am to noon. Volunteers will help with a variety of outdoor, cleanup projects. Volunteers should bring work gloves, plenty of water and sunscreen. Join Hands Day gives fraternal benefit societies and volunteer organizations the opportunity to reach out to people they don’t know, to connect generations and develop new relationships between youth and adults. Communities across the country will be participating by organizing improvement projects. To volunteer for this event, contact the City of Glendale Volunteer Program at 623-930-2915 or email email@example.com
Neighborhood Tool Shed
Want to improve your neighborhood but are short on equipment or cash? The Community Volunteer Program can help.
Registered neighborhood and volunteer groups can check out tools for a particular project they’re coordinating on their own. Expert advice and project consulting may be available, as well.
The group will be responsible for returning all tools in the condition they were checked out. Tools are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, a limited amount of funding is available to cover items such as dumpsters, equipment rental or trash removal for projects that qualify.