Volunteer Programs

Volunteers are vital to the success of Vancouver.  Volunteer options range from
one day to ongoing opportunities are a good match for individuals, families, groups, businesses and more. Learn more below and decide how you would like to get involved.

SMART volunteers

Upcoming volunteer events/opportunities:​


April 18 - Esther Short Adopt-A-Park work party

April 23 - Earth Day at Central Park with VancouverVolunTEEN

April 25 - Earth Day volunteer events at Blandford Canyon and LeRoy Haagen Parks

May 16 - Countryside Adopt-A-Park cleanup and Propstra Square flower planting  

3rd Saturday of most months - Heritage Adopt-A-Park work party

2nd Saturday of most months - Hearthwood Adopt-A-Park work party

4th Saturday of most months - LeRoy Haagen park work party

Thursdays throughout the month - #VancouverVolunTEEN

To view a complete list of upcoming volunteer events visit the Volunteer Opportunity calendar.

Volunteer program opportunities:

Youth Sports coach

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 volunteer 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 please phone 360.487.8316.

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.

Fire Corps


Current Volunteers:

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

Get Outdoors Day

Volunteer success stories!

In 2013, volunteers throughout the City spent nearly 56,000 hours to help foster a healthy and vibrant community.  The service of these nearly 5,200 volunteers was equivalent to a donation of $1,240,000.

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 2013 Volunteer Report. 



We believe:

  • 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.