Neighborhood Partnership Office - Volunteer!
Community Volunteer Program
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
- Fax: (623) 931-6433
Phone: (623) 930-2915
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- National Volunteer Week
- Earth day
- National Youth Service Day
- National Join Hands Day
Other ways to get involved in your community:
January 2014: MLK Day, A Day On, Not Off -
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Each year the City of Glendale Neighborhood Partnership Office partners with HandsOn Greater Phoenix to bring together more than 200 volunteers to participate in the MLK Day, A Day On, Not Off project in Glendale. Volunteers pick citrus at Sahuaro Ranch Park that is donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to help feed the hungry in Arizona and throughout the United States. Last year, volunteers picked close to 30,000 pounds of grapefruit. During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly toward a dream of equality. He believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live, creating the Beloved Community. The King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. To volunteer, contact HandsOn Greater Phoenix at www.handsonphoenix.org
January – March 2014: Fruit Gleaning at Sahuaro Ranch Park
Each year, the City of Glendale Community Volunteer Program coordinates “fruit gleaning” projects at Sahuaro Ranch Park between the months of January – March. Volunteers are needed to help pick grapefruit and oranges at the ranch so they don’t go to waste. All of the citrus is donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to help feed the hungry in Arizona and throughout the United States. More than 60,000 pounds of fruit are picked each year by hundreds of volunteers. To volunteer, contact the City of Glendale Community Volunteer Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 623-930-2915.
February 2014: Annual Serve Day
Serve Day is a faith-based, community-oriented event organized by several local churches including the Community Church of Joy, Vineyard, Faith Bible Church, Breakthrough Life Church, Christ’s Church of the Valley, Peace Lutheran and others that encourage their members and those in other churches to participate. The City of Glendale Neighborhood Partnership Office partners with the churches on this annual event. More than 500 volunteers participated last year. Volunteer projects include neighborhood and park clean ups, painting homes, gardening, delivering food to the needy, and much more. Serve Day is typically held the Saturday after President’s Day. To volunteer, contact the City of Glendale Community Volunteer Program at email@example.com or call 623-930-2915.
March 2014: Cesar Chavez Day
Each year in March, volunteers complete a community service project in Glendale to celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez who dedicated his life to the struggle for equality and justice for all people. Throughout his work he promoted 10 Core Values which included: service to others, community, and respect for life. To volunteer, contact the City of Glendale Community Volunteer Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 623-930-2915.
April 2014: Serve-a-Thon
During the month of April, the City of Glendale Neighborhood Partnership Office partners with HandsOn Greater Phoenix for their annual Serve-A-Thon event. This event brings together 2,500 corporate, civic and individual volunteers. Neighborhoods, communities and under-resourced schools benefit from a variety of projects including: painting homes for the elderly, refurbished libraries, landscaped green spaces, restored playgrounds, and much, much more! The event provides 20,000 hours of volunteer service to schools and neighborhoods in need. To volunteer, contact HandsOn Greater Phoenix at www.handsonphoenix.org
April 2014: Earth Day
Each year during the month of April, millions of people around the globe participate in volunteer projects to promote a more sustainable and “green” environment. The City of Glendale Neighborhood Partnership Office coordinates projects that include park clean ups, sprucing up the Xeriscape Garden located at the Main Library, neighborhood clean ups, and much more. To volunteer, contact the City of Glendale Community Volunteer Program at email@example.com or call 623-930-2915.
May 2014: National Join Hands Day
Join Hands Day is a national volunteer day that specifically targets and develops relationships between young people and adults through neighborhood volunteering. Youths and adults work together on an equal basis to plan, organize and implement the day’s activities. Building relationships across generations restores confidence, trust and respect for each other, and creates a sense of community. Each year, the City of Glendale Neighborhood Partnership Office coordinates volunteer projects that involve youth and adults working together to accomplish this goal. To volunteer, contact the City of Glendale Community Volunteer Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 623-930-2915.
Note: As the dates and locations for volunteer projects taking place in 2014 are finalized, they will be updated on the website. Most volunteer events take place on Saturdays from approximately 8 a.m. to Noon.
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.
- Painting supplies
- Weed whackers
- Trash pickers and bags