Neighborhood Services - 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 which gives volunteers a sense of pride by contributing to improvements in the community. In the 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. Click here to see a Community Volunteer position description.
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.
Please note that we do not assist those who must complete court-ordered community service. Click here for information about court-ordered community service options elsewhere in the City of Glendale.
Since the beginning of the year, we have had two service projects: Historic Rose Pruning and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. On January 6th, 30 volunteers helped to winter prune the 400+ rose bushes at Historic Sahuaro Ranch Park. Pruning the rose bushes allows for dead or diseased wood to be removed and also invigorates the bushes for abundant growth in the spring. In partnership with HandsOn Phoenix, 225 volunteers donated their time on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service to pick citrus from the trees at Sahuaro Ranch Park. A total of 11,472 pounds was collected during the 3 hour event and donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for use in their emergency food boxes.
Glendale’s 12th Serve Day 9am-12pm, Saturday, February 17 Several hundreds of volunteers from various organizations, schools, and non-profits will again complete several community projects throughout Glendale. Projects include but are not limited to: gleaning fruit, nature trail clean up, refurbishing downtown benches, neighborhood beautification and much more. Participating is an opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need. For the city, Serve Day is an opportunity to address projects that would not be possible without volunteer support. Click here to register to volunteer!
2018 Serve-A-Thon 8am-11am, Saturday. April 14
In partnership with HandsOn Greater Phoenix, Serve-A-Thon is a celebration of connecting empassioned volunteers to communities and organizations that need them the most. Armed with the vision to improve the lives of others, volunteers from across the valley will go out into their communities and work on projects that serve and enhance the communities we live in. The Glendale Volunteer program is seeking volunteers to assist with painting house numbers on curbs so first response personnel can quickly and easily identify homes in emergency situations. Click here to register!
Glendale Honors City Volunteers
The 21st Annual City of Glendale Volunteer Recognition event was held April 9, 2016. The “Volunteers Mean the World to Us” event recognized the many volunteers that contribute to the City of Glendale through the year.