Volunteer Programs

Volunteers are vital to the success of our community. Ongoing or one time opportunities with the City of Vancouver can accommodate individuals, families, groups, businesses and people of all ages and abilities.

Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming events.


Save the date!

Seasonal and Holiday Opportunities in our Community

Although volunteer opportunities with the city are slightly limited in the winter months, various local non-profit organizations greatly need community support. Check out a list of agencies here.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Join us for regularly scheduled work parties throughout the City.

City of Vancouver Volunteer Websites

Each department utilizes volunteers in different capacities. Check out which one is right for you.  

Don't see something for you? Look at this list of other local organizations that offer volunteer opportunities.

SMART volunteers

Apply as a volunteer today!

If you know which volunteer opportunity best fits you and you are ready to make the commitment, please complete the online volunteer application. We receive many applications each week and make every attempt to contact you within two weeks of your application. If you have questions about the status of your application call 360-487-8344 or email cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us.

Cemetery clean up

Need more information?

Not quite sure which opportunity fits you best? Please complete the volunteer inquiry form and we will send you a detailed email with current volunteer opportunities that match your interests and skills. Volunteers may be asked to complete a full volunteer application once they have been accepted into a volunteer program.

Neighbors On Watch Bike Team

Current Volunteers

Visit the Volunteer Information Center (VIC) to sign up for volunteer opportunities and log service hours.

Volunteer Success Stories!

In 2014, volunteers throughout the City spent over 63,500 hours to help foster a healthy and vibrant community. The service of an estimated 4,700 volunteers was equivalent to a donation of $1,466,800.

The community of Vancouver is stronger, smarter, cleaner and safer due to the hard work of engaged and involved volunteers. Click here to read the entire 2014 Volunteer Report.

Adopt-A-Park Volunteers

Our Volunteer Beliefs

Our community is strengthened by individuals who act on their commitment to help others,

Volunteering improves citizens’ accessibility to government,

Service is an effective strategy for solving problems,

Opportunities for all, young to elderly, fosters a sense of community where everyone is valued and welcomed,

Volunteers strengthen our community, increase government effectiveness and create benefits for citizens, including being more informed, engaged, and feeling valued and appreciated.